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Bright and Distant Shores

A Novel

by Dominic Smith

Bright and Distant Shores
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    Sep 2011, 480 pages

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Historic Chicago in Bright and Distant Shores

In Bright and Distant Shores, Dominic Smith references some of the historic people and events that helped shape Chicago around the turn of the 20th century. Read on for more information about these fascinating institutions:

  • Hull House - a resource for new immigrants to the U.S. established by two women in 1889. They offered a nursery, classes in English, technical skills, and other services to help immigrants be successful in their new country. (In Bright and Distant Shores, Adelaide volunteers here).

  • Field Museum - originally called the Columbian Museum of Chicago, it was established as a result of the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 (where Owen and Adelaide first meet). Exhibits from the fair were given a permanent residence, and the museum grew from there.

  • World's Columbian Exposition - an event to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus's landing in the New World (though held a year late, in 1893). Artifacts and native peoples were brought in for ...

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