The Columbia Chronicle


Chicago television through time

By Luke Wilusz

November 29, 2010

In the early days of the medium, long before reality stars and drama queens held sway, the world of television was remarkably different. The good guys always won, the bad guys always lost, and the main characters or celebrity hosts always wore a broad grin as they cheerfully pitched the “keen corn flavor of Kix” or “the sheer horsepower and value of a brand-new DeSoto,” to a wholesome home audience at the end of the episod...

High schools shouldn’t discriminate against same-sex couples

By Colin Shively

April 11, 2010

In Fulton, Miss., senior Constance McMillen approached her prom committee to purchase senior prom tickets for her and her date. However, according to Itawamba County Agricultural High School’s policies, she couldn’t attend the prom—because she wanted to bring her girlfriend.Then the high school did something radical and illogical; they cancelled the prom because a same-sex couple wanted to enjoy a night of dancing together an...

If Speakeasies Could Speak

By Luke Wilusz

April 8, 2010

In 1919, the United States went dry. For more than a decade, it was in direct violation of the federal law to throw back a drink after a hard day of work or have a few rounds at a party. Not that it stopped people from having a good time, of course. It was the era of bootleggers, speakeasies and the rise of the American gangster. The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., is hosting a monthlong series of events to cel...

Exhibit tells Honest Abe’s true story

By Luke Wilusz

February 8, 2010

Many Americans know Abraham Lincoln as the man who led our nation in a fight for freedom and equality during the Civil War, but one museum exhibit aims to dispel some common misconceptions about the Great Emancipator.“Rather than a traditional biography of Lincoln, starting with the log cabin, to the White House and so on, I decided to focus on his changing views about slavery and the union, and the change came about du...

Recognizing a fashion legend, Marshall Field’s

By Sean Stillmaker

March 8, 2009

The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., held the second of a three-part series highlighting the role Marshall Field’s store had in the Chicago fashion scene.On March 3, Timothy Long, Chicago History Museum curator of costumes, hosted a lecture describing the contributions the store made in the fashion world.Marshall Field began his company after dissolving partners in 1881. The department store was then acquired by th...

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