Online Resources for Arts, Culture, and More

We offer this list to bring you (hopefully) a little escape, education, and a chance to step away from the heaviness of our time. (Scroll down for a list of Evanston/Chicago books.) The list is still in progress.

Have a resource or an idea to add? Please email Jenny Thompson:

Online sources (for exhibits, lesson plans, etc.):

Internet Archive: “School’s Out, Or is it?”  Resources that can help children continue their education outside of the classroom. This list was compliled by Alexis Rossi, Director of Collections at the Internet Archive. 

From PBS: “19 immersive museum exhibits you can visit from your couch” A list of resources from a variety of places, from the museum collections to 360 Videos.

C-SPAN Classroom: “On This Day in History” Video clips and more focusing on lessons from specific days in history.

The Library of Congress: Educational materials using primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections.

Free online BOOKS:

Take a look at these books with an Evanston and/or Chicago area connection! These are all free and available online (and to download in various formats.)

A Classic Town: The Story of Evanston by Frances Elizabeth Willard (1891)

Mr. Lex: Or, The Legal Status of Mother and Child by Catharine Waugh McCulloch (1899) McCulloch was a lawyer and reformer. She was the first woman elected Justice of the Peace in Illinois. She was elected in Evanston, where she lived and worked.

History of Chicago: From 1857 until the fire of 1871 by Alfred Theodore Andreas (1885)

The Congress of Women Held in the Woman’s Building: World’s Columbian Exposition edited by Mary Eagle (1894)

Wacker’s Manual of the Plan of Chicago by Walter Dwight Moody and Charles Henry Wacker (1916)

Chicago: The Garden City by Andreas Simon (1894)

The Daily News Cook Book, edited by Mary Mott Chesbrough (1896)

The Historical World’s Columbian Exposition and Chicago Guide by Horace Hills Morgan (1892)

History of Northwestern University and Evanston edited by Robert Dickenson Sheppard, Harvey Bostwick Hurd (1906)