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.

Enjoy this free program at 1 p.m. at the Dairy Building, located at 410 North Erickson Street in Bishop Hill IL, on April 15, 2023.  This presentation is sponsored by the BHHA and the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speaker Bureau.  For more information, contact the Bishop Hill Heritage Association at 309 927-3899 or