The John Crerar Library presents Chicago Celebrates Darwin, an exhibit which revisits the Darwin Centennial Celebration hosted by the University in 1959. We look back at the original letters, pictures, and documents from that conference to get a sense of the atmosphere and the importance of the events, including the effect of Darwin’s theories on the research and popular opinion of the day.
In addition, the online exhibit Darwin Centennial Celebration complements the Crerar exhibit. This exhibit includes both an image gallery and a multi-media gallery, which features film footage and audio recordings from the celebration.
Both exhibits draw heavily on the Darwin Centennial Celebration Records, which are held in the Special Collections Research Center and both exhibits are hosted in conjunction with Darwin/Chicago 2009 the University’s conference celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth.
For more information please contact Jennifer Hart, University of Chicago, 773-702-7569, or by e-mail to hartj_at_uchicago.edu.