The Great Chicago Fire

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Resource:The Great Chicago Fire
Provider:Chicago History Museum
Summary:Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision). This site, sponsored by the Chicago Historical Society and Northwestern University, provides a very in-depth look at the Great Chicago Fire.
Description:The fire began on October 8, 1871, and by the time it was finally brought under control on October 10, 1871, more than three square miles of the city was destroyed claiming up to 300 lives and leaving one hundred thousand people homeless.

When you get to the site, you can read the introduction, then choose from the two main parts: The Great Chicago Fire or the Web of Memory. In The Great Chicago Fire section, you can read first-hand articles with images on the following topics:
  • A Bird's Eye View of Pre-Fire Chicago
  • The Great Conflagration
  • The Ruined City
  • Rescue and Relief
  • Queen of the West Once More
In the Web of Memory, you'll find:
  • The Eyewitnesses
  • Media Event
  • Fanning the Flames
  • The O'Leary Legend
  • Souvenirs
  • Commemorating Catastrophe
Be sure to check out the top menu including Touring the Fire and Special Features. There is so much to see here.
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Orientation:General
Subjects:Social Studies
Teaching Methods:Online Interactive
I N T E N D E D   F O R:
Ages:8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18
Grades:3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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