The Local Arrangements Committee has organized 5 tours highlighting the historical resources of Chicago. Tickets for a tour organized by the Committee on LGBT History will also be sold through AHA registration.

Preregistration for tours is highly recommended. Tour tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be exchanged. Tour participants must be registered for the AHA meeting. Log in to the Registration Resource Center or call (508) 743-0510 to add tickets to an existing registration.

Tour groups will meet at the Hilton Chicago’s 8th Street Registration Desk.

AHA tours will travel by bus. Fares and admission fees are included in the price of the tour unless otherwise specified. See the tour descriptions for details about the accessibility of each tour site. Accessible buses or alternate transportation for people with disabilities will be available on request. Contact for additional information.

Tour 1: Tour of Polish American Churches and Neighborhoods in Chicago

Time: Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Tour leaders: Joseph Bigott, Purdue University Northwest and Ann Keating, North Central College

Please note: Participants will travel by bus.

Limit 50 people. $20 members, $30 nonmembers

The tour examines the transformation of European religious cultural practices in an American environment and the role which residential dispersion played in the maintenance and adaptation of cultural practices for immigrants. The tour will also discuss the limitations of Progressive reformers’ critiques and frequent misrepresentations of immigrant Catholic communities.

Tour 2: Contested Loyalties in Pullman, Illinois

Time: Thursday, 1:00–4:30 p.m.

Tour leader: Laura Walikainen Rouleau, Michigan Technological University; Sarah Fayen Scarlett, Michigan Technological University; and Sue Bennett, National Park Service

Please note: Participants will travel by bus. Closed-toe shoes required.

Limit 25 people. $20 members, $30 nonmembers

The 2019 annual meeting’s Chicago location offers historians the opportunity to visit the 1894 planned residential community and view remains of the factory complex. After a one-hour outdoor walking tour, participants will gather inside to discuss their reactions to the site and contribute to the analysis of the history of Pullman.

Tour 3: The Art of Mexican Chicago: Mexican Pilsen

Time: Friday, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Tour leader: Geraldo Lujan Cadava, Northwestern University

Please note: Participants will travel by bus. The murals are at street level and the museum and restaurant are both ADA accessible. Participants will pay for their own lunch.

Limit 40 people. $20 members, $30 nonmembers

Pilsen is the historical heart of Mexican Chicago. The neighborhood is home to the greatest collection of Mexican and Mexican American murals in Chicago, and one of the greatest in the United States. It is also home to one of the best museums in the United States for Mexican and Mexican American art: the National Museum of Mexican Art. This tour will guide you through the neighborhood, with stops at some of the murals, the museum, and, of course, at one of the neighborhood’s many taquerias, where we’ll eat lunch.

Tour 4: The Future of Memory and Story: A Tour of Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Time: Friday, 12:00–4:30 p.m.

Tour leaders: Kelly Szany and Amanda Friedman, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Please note: Participants will travel by bus; the museum is ADA compliant.

Limit 50 people. $20 members, $30 nonmembers

Participants in this guided tour of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center will explore three exhibitions that provide different narrative approaches.

Tour 5: CLGBTH Tour of the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives Affiliate Tour

See description in online program.

Tour 6: Schools as Urban History: Exploring Chicago’s Educational Landscape

Time: Sunday, 9:00–11:00 a.m.

Tour leader: Ruby Oram, Loyola University Chicago; Nick Kryczka, University of Chicago; and Ann Durkin-Keating, North Central College

Please note: Participants will travel by bus; all of the schools are ADA compliant.

Limit 40 people. $20 members, $30 nonmembers

Chicago’s public high schools are monuments to evolving ideas about the proper form and function of urban education. This tour of three public high schools on Chicago’s west side will explore what the history of urban education and school architecture tell us about Chicago’s changing neighborhoods, exploring how urban, social, and educational history can be read in the built environment.