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Chicago, Sept. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Often called "the Heartland" or "flyover country," the Midwest tends to be characterized as a homogeneous, barren space between the American coasts.
What Is the Midwest?, a new exhibition opening at the Newberry on Friday, September 20, challenges the assumptions, stereotypes, and persistent narratives about the Midwest, exploring the confluence of peoples, places, and environments that has defined the region and made it unique.
“Stereotypes about the Midwest tend to either focus on its natural features or romanticize it as a peaceful utopia immune from the highs and lows of American history,” said Alice Schreyer, Vice President for Collections and Library Services at the Newberry. “With this exhibition, we’re seeking to push back against these tropes by examining the Midwest through a historical lens using a variety of materials from the Newberry’s collection.”
Spanning roughly 400 years—from the 17th century to the 21st—What Is the Midwest? tells a multitude of stories using various Newberry resources, including maps, art, promotional ephemera, archival photos and videos, and personal letters and diaries.
What Is the Midwest? will run through December 31 and is free and open to all visitors.
Exhibition highlights include:
About the Newberry
Free and open to the public since 1887, the Newberry is an independent research library whose world-famous collection of European and American history is available to scholars, genealogists, and lifelong learners alike. Anyone who is at least 14 years old can sign up for a reader's card and, in just minutes, have history right at their fingertips.
In addition to research, the Newberry provides learning opportunities for the intellectually curious through free exhibitions and public programs that include lectures, panel discussions, and theatrical and dance performances. Learn more at newberry.org.
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