Video Category: Virtual Programs

How to Reduce Waste: Composting and Green Cleaning


The Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability’s Community Outreach Coordinator Kate Carney will join us to discuss ways to reduce food waste at home. Learn the basics to compost at home, the proper paths to dispose household hazardous waste, and how to make your own green cleaning products. This program is followed by a Q&A session.

Cannabis Access in Illinois


Tightly regulated cannabis is now available to all adults over 21 and provided to over 150,000 registered medical cannabis patients in Illinois. Join Kirsten Velasco and learn about the specifics of the laws, economic and employment opportunities, tax revenue allocations, and wellness strategies.

Making the Most of Medicare


Understanding the many aspects of Medicare programs can be challenging. Enza Haas, Benefit and Advocacy Coordinator at the Kenneth Young Center, will walk you through the selection process and provide tips for making the most of your options.

Happy Inventions: The History of Picture Postcards


The first picture postcards were published for the 1889 Paris Exposition, celebrating the completion of the Eiffel Tower. In America, the first picture postcards were printed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago – making Illinois the birthplace of the American picture postcard. An early mention of postcards is in the 1870 diary of a Welsh curate, who called them a happy invention.

In 2016, the world’s largest public collection of postcards and related materials, the Curt Teich Postcard Archives, was given to the Newberry Library by the Lake County Forest Preserve District. Katherine Hamilton-Smith, the founding curator of the Teich Archives, presents a look at the documentary power and significance of picture postcards. She touches on the Curt Teich Company of Chicago, the role Illinois played in the history and development of postcards, and on the picture postcard as a cultural icon.

This program is presented by a grant from Illinois Humanities. Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly through the Illinois Arts Council Agency, as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.

Black Suffragettes: Then & Now


The 19th Amendment, ratified more than 100 years ago, giving white women the right to vote. Despite the vital contributions of Black women to the suffrage movement, it was not until 1965 that their voting rights were actualized. Today, Black women continue to serve as leaders in the fight for racial justice.

Audra Wilson, a public interest attorney with a depth of experience in poverty law and diversity; former executive director of the League of Women Voters of Illinois; and current CEO of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law; will highlight Black suffragettes and how their work resonates with current efforts toward racial justice in our country.