Glory, darkness, light: a history of the Union League Club of Chicago
With roots in the Civil War, the Union League Club of Chicago grew up, prospered, and suffered alongside its city. Glory, Darkness, Light: A History of the Union Club of Chicagotells an honest story of how the Club and its members have built, boosted, and squabbled with their city for 125 years. The Union League Club of Chicago is unique among the country's 2,000 city clubs in its rich mix of civic, artistic, and charitable missions. In 1893, Club leaders saved and then presented the incomparable World's Columbian Exposition to 27 million awed visitors. Today the walls of its 23-story clubhouse are gilded with a noted art collection whose pieces overlook elegant dining rooms as well as offices for its four Boys & Girls clubs and two other charitable foundations. However, the Club history also has its darker chapters. Half the members of the Club board of directors in 2003--Jews, blacks, women--would have been neither eligible not acceptable for membership a half-century earlier. Based on their own records, the Club's resistance to these groups as members is recounted in sharp detail. Drawing on interviews, oral histories, and the Club's extensive archives, Glory, Darkness, Light: A History of the Union League Club of Chicagois both a grand city history and a revealing look at what goes on behind the brass plaque of a prominent city club.
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I am a member of the Union League Club of Chicago and after reading "The Devil in the White City," which referred to the architects who were ULC members, I found myself curious about the history of ... Read full review
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