February 12th, 2013

Happy 204th Birthday, Abraham Lincoln! 

In honor of Mr. Lincoln’s birthday, here are three things you might not know about our 16th President:

  1. He had a Confederate five-dollar bill in his pocket the night he was assassinated.
  2. He was the first President to sport a beard while serving in office.
  3. He often stored items in his stovepipe hat, including notes, letters, money, and even government bills. 

PS: If you like the print of Abraham Lincoln wearing a Michael Jordan jersey as much as we do, you can buy it here!

January 16th, 2013

Obama Portrait Presented To Chicago Public Library

From Crain’s Chicago Business:

A caricature of President Barack Obama was presented to the Chicago Public Library on Tuesday as part of the city’s celebration that his political roots began here. Along with featuring Mr. Obama, it showcases his connections to his work on the South Side before he entered politics.

Library Commissioner Brian Bannon and artist Steve Musgrave presented the portrait at the West Pullman Branch.

July 11th, 2012

David Maraniss: Book Signing And Discussion Of “Barack Obama: The Story”

DATE: Wednesday, July 11th

TIME:  6:00 PM

LOCATION: Harold Washington Library

ABOUT: David Maraniss joins us to discuss and autograph copies of his new book titled Barack Obama: The Story. Barack Obama:

The Story, David Maraniss has written a deeply reported generational biography teeming with fresh insights and revealing information, a masterly narrative drawn from hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama in the Oval Office, and a trove of letters, journals, diaries, and other documents.

The book unfolds in the small towns of Kansas and the remote villages of western Kenya, following the personal struggles of Obama’s white and black ancestors through the swirl of the twentieth century. It is a roots story on a global scale, a saga of constant movement, frustration and accomplishment, strong women and weak men, hopes lost and deferred, people leaving and being left. Disparate family threads converge in the climactic chapters as Obama reaches adulthood and travels from Honolulu to Los Angeles to New York to Chicago, trying to make sense of his past, establish his own identity, and prepare for his political future.

David Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post, is the author of critically acclaimed best-selling books on Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi, Vietnam and the sixties, Roberto Clemente, and the 1960 Rome Olympics. He won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Clinton, was part of a Post team that won the 2007 Pulitzer for coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy. He lives in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin.

Books by David Maraniss are available for purchase at this event. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Registration is not required.

Click here for more information. 

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