Excerpt from Chicago
On the second ﬂoor is the library with its many thousands Of rare historical books, maps and news papers, also its fine paintings. Here can be seen many letters Of early explorers, including La Salle and Tonti, the diaries and letters Of many famous Americans, and other interesting documents.
The Chicago Historical Society is the Official historian Of our city. It was founded in January, 1856, just nineteen years after Chicago became a city, and forty-four years after the Fort Dear born Massacre. We are grateful to the founders - William Brown, William B. Ogden, and William Berry - and to the many Officers and public spirited citizens who have continued the fine work Of the Chicago Historical Society.
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