Sawyer Speakers and Respondents

Friday, May 21, 2010

Classicizing Chicago

'Classics from the
Chicago History Museum

Olivia (Libby) Mahoney is Chief Curator at the Chicago History Museum. She is responsible for collecting and interpreting materials related to Chicago and American history, and for developing exhibitions, web sites, and publications for the general public. She spent many years as curator of the museum’s decorative and industrial arts collection, with a special focus on Chicago design. Her most recent project was a major exhibition and web site for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial in 2009. She also developed the museum’s current core exhibition, Chicago: Crossroads of America that opened in 2006. Previous exhibitions include Go West! Chicago and American Expansion and A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln.

Ms. Mahoney has received professional awards from the American Association for State and Local History, the Illinois Humanities Council, and most recently, the American Association of Museums for a short film in the Lincoln exhibition. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and American History from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program at the State University of New York.