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Disposing of ModernityThe Archaeology of Garbage and Consumerism during Chicago's 1893 World's Fair$
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Rebecca S. Graff

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066493

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066493.001.0001

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Situating the Sites in Chicago

Situating the Sites in Chicago

Elite Networks and Archaeology

(p.10) 2 Situating the Sites in Chicago
(p.iii) Disposing of Modernity

Rebecca S. Graff

University Press of Florida

This chapter introduces the two Chicago-based archaeological sites that provide the material signature of this book: Jackson Park, the former site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition; and the Charnley-Persky House, today the headquarters for the Society of Architectural Historians and an operating museum. After an introduction to Chicago’s natural and anthropogenic landscapes and an overview of the Chicago Fair’s predecessor exhibitions and its planning, the chapter provides historical background on Chicago’s Gold Coast, the Charnley family, and their home designed by Adler and Sullivan. Results from archaeological research in Jackson Park (2007, 2008) and at the Charnley-Persky House (2010, 2015) are framed with attention to the elite social networks of wealthy, white, Protestant Chicagoans in whose hands these projects were entangled. The archaeological results from the sites provide a powerful testament to the lasting ties of commerce and concomitant ideology that suffused the forms of both fairscape and home.

Keywords:   World’s Columbian Exposition, Charnley-Persky House, Archaeological sites, Jackson Park, Gold Coast, Chicago Fair, Chicago, Adler and Sullivan, elite

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