March 4, 2011

Mayor Daley, Civic Leaders Celebrate Chicago's 174th Anniversary

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Mayor Richard M. Daley, civic leaders and students today celebrated the 174th anniversary of the incorporation of Chicago in a ceremony at the Chicago History Museum. 


“One hundred and seventy-four years ago today, Chicago received its first city charter and was legally incorporated as a municipality,” said Mayor Daley.  “Each year we commemorate this anniversary and remember and honor the men and women who organized a frontier marsh into a humble town and started the process of making Chicago the world-class city it is today.”


Mayor Daley was joined by Gary Johnson, President of the Chicago History Museum, Jospeh Podlasek, Executive Director of the American Indian Center of Chicago and Peggy Montes, Director of the Bronzeville Children’s Musuem and Friends of DuSable board member.


The celebration included a Native American drum performance by Ansel Deon and musical performances from the Latin School Band.


“This anniversary is chance for us to recall all of the hard work it has taken to create the bustling metropolis of Chicago.  It is also a time to reflect on the challenges that lie ahead as our city continues to move forward,” said Mayor Daley. 


The Chicago History Museum was founded as the Chicago Historical Society was in April 1856 to document Chicago’s transformation from a frontier town into a major urban center.  It has collected thousands of artifacts, manuscripts, decorative and industrial arts, paintings, sculptures, and costumes from all eras of Chicago’s history. 



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