History museum uses 'Magic' to make the past reappear
Strolling performers help institution focus on audience, not collections
August 08, 2012|By Kerry Reid, Special to the Tribune
When the Chicago History Museum renovated its Lincoln Park home in 2006, more than just a building got a makeover. "We sort of expressly shifted our focus from being a collections-based organization to being an audience-focused organization," says John Russick, the museum's director of curatorial affairs. "Our goal, our mission as a museum, is to help people make meaningful and personal connections to history."