Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Museum Store has Prairie Avenue Items

Our Museum Store offers a modest selection of Glessner House and Victorian inspired merchandise for sale in the Tour Center.  You can select items from books on the Arts & Crafts Movement, architecture, and Chicago history to William Morris inspired items to special souvenirs of your visit.  Here are three items that focus on our Prairie Avenue heritage.

Chicago’s Historic Prairie Avenue
by William H. Tyre

Prairie Avenue evolved into Chicago’s most exclusive residential street during the last three decades of the 19th century.  The city’s wealthiest citizens - Marshall Field, Philip Armour, and George Pullman - were soon joined by dozens of Chicago’s business, social, and civic leaders, establishing a neighborhood that the Chicago Herald proclaimed “a cluster of millionaires not to be matched for numbers anywhere else in the country.”  This paperback book, part of the Images of America series published by Arcadia Press in 2008, contains over 200 historic photographs and traces the history of the area from 1812 to the present day.  $19.99 + tax

Postcards of America:
Chicago’s Historic Prairie Avenue

This booklet features fifteen selected views from the main volume (shown above) formatted for use as postcards.  Informative captions on the reverse of each card provide details on the houses and other buildings featured.
$7.99 + tax

Prairie Avenue Cookbook: Recipes and Recollections from Prominent 19th-Century Chicago Families
by Carol Callahan

This unique hardcover cookbook provides recipes taken from prominent 19th century households along Prairie Avenue.  All recipes have been tested and modernized for today’s cook.  Illustrated with photographs of Prairie Avenue homes and its residents, this cookbook is filled with fascinating anecdotes and facts about the social history of Chicago.  Published by the Southern Illinois University Press in 1993. $38.50 + tax

If you have any questions or are looking for a specific item, please call Museum Coordinator Gwen Carrion at 312-326-1480.

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