Sponsored by the Newberry Library, the Chicago Historical Society and the Illinois State Library, a new hefty (7 pound) volume of facts, figures and history about the city of Chicago has arrived.
The State Register (IL) profiles the newly published "Encyclopedia of Chicago" 1,100 pages from A (Abolitionism) to Z (Zoroastrianism). Once initial preparations got under way, some of the most animated discussions among planners revolved around what topics would - or wouldn't - be included. "We yelled at each other a lot," joked Grossman, the Newberry's vice president for research and education.
"One of those ongoing arguments was the relationship between what one might call what's historical, what's trivial and what's minutia," he added. "If it's historical, it belongs in. If it's trivial, it might be interesting and important trivia, and therefore it could go in. And if it's minutia, it probably doesn't belong here. In the nature of things, some people will think something is historically important, whereas we think it's trivia or even minutia."