Secret Historian

Thursday, September 8, 2011 @ 2:00pm

Event Info


$15; $10 for CHM members


Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St.





Chicago History Museum

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

Justin Spring will discuss the life and times of Samuel Steward, the Chicago university professor who taught for many years at Loyola and DePaul Universities before dropping out of academia to become a tattoo artist on South State Street and a sex researcher with Alfred Kinsey and the Institute for Sex Research. Steward's secret diaries, journals, novels, stories, statistics, photographs, and artworks—nearly all of them relating to his highly adventurous sexual life—were the basis of Spring's biography Secret Historian (FSG, 2010) and, more recently, of the exhibition "Obscene Diary: The Secret Archive of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Pornographer," at New York's Museum of Sex. Spring will describe the evolving gay scene in Chicago as Steward experienced it in the late 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s.

Join us at 6 PM for cocktails; the program starts at 7 PM. Ticket price includes one cocktail and light appetizers. Cash bar available.