Welcome to the June 2008 J.P.A.C. Newsletter online

Produced by Jackson Park Advisory Council, a recognized advisory council to the Chicago Park District

Editor Gary Ossewaarde. Sited in www.hydepark.org, admin.rumsey@aol.com

Front page, May minutes, Feature- archeological dig, Annoucements

Jackson Park Advisory Council minutes, May 12, 2008

Lacking a quorum, an official meeting could not be held. President Ross Petersen and Vice President Fran Vandervoort presided over an informal discussion of the following topics:

Frederick Douglass Monument. Mr. Rapoport’s proposal for a monument commemorating Frederick Douglass’s speech at the Haitian Pavilion of the Columbian Exposition of 1893. More money is needed to assure the preparation of the commemorative monument by the company selected for the project. Several options were discussed, including approaching the Donors’ Forum. The official deadline for funding and other arrangements for the monument is January 31, 2008.

Summer Day Camp Fee. Terry Jones of the Jackson Park Sorts program corrected the statement in the last minutes that the registration fee for Summer Day Camp participation is $55. The fee is $60.

Archeology Project. The Columbian Exposition archeology project, led by Rebecca Graff, will hold an open house Saturday afternoon, May 17, on the west side of the Columbian Basin. A number of artifacts have been unearthed and will be exhibited. Local and city press will provide coverage for the project.

Submitted by Frances S. Vandervoort, Vice President

Next meeting Monday, June 9, 7:30 pm. Main topic: Proposed new sports facility at tennis courts.

Archaeological dig sheds new light on Columbian Exposition
At an open house on May 17, Rebecca Graff, anthropology graduate student at the University of Chicago, teaching assistants and students, showed 6 ½ square by three feet deep plots and demonstrated techniques by which they extract meaning from the smallest clues. They seek understanding of how people used the grounds of the 1893 Columbian Exposition—building foundations, service piping, remains of foods or other things bought a or brought onto the grounds. Especially intriguing is where the trenches and material were actually lain for foundations and the otherwise undocumented piping to the buildings. They also hope to connect bits of glass and pottery, buttons, et al to styles and manufacturers. The plots are only about 3 feet deep except where trenches and piping lead the excavators deeper, as that is the usual depth of soil, slag, gravel etc laid for support and to keep the water table at bay, or re laid on the fair, on top the pre-settlement sand dunes. The fair used the grounds intensively only during construction, the 6 months of the fair, and during demolition or perhaps in some cases burn-down. But objects dropped since have also been found. The plots excavated during this phase of the work are west of the Columbia Basin by Cornell Drive c. 5800. Drop by during work on Fridays and Saturdays.

Also of interest… Museum of Science and industry special exhibits
Smart Home- Green + Wired. This home of possibilities was fabricated, bought to Chicago and assembled southeast of the Museum. Tours give lots of hints on how to be green and same money. Through January 4.
The Glass Experience. Modern glass in great variety shows up in the park. See here an exhibit on the full history of and art of glass and glass-making and uses. Dale Chihuly, whose work graced Garfield Conservatory, will be one of many artists and experts on hand.

Parents and high school students—find out about the many summer youth job and program opportunities available. City website has a comprehensive listing- http://www.cityofchicago.org. See also http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Remember our volunteer workdays, 2nd and 4th Sats- see front. Next June 14. 28/

Doug Anderson’s acclaimed bird and history walks- over 30 years-see front.

5th Ward Olympic dialogue continues with the city June 26 (4th Thursdays.)
Jackson Park Fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island, 6:30 pm. 773 324-5555.