JOHN R. SCHMIDT is a historian.

His general interest is America, and his particular interest is Chicago.

A fifth-generation Chicagoan, Schmidt grew up on the city’s Northwest Side.  He earned a B.A. in History and Education at Loyola University, and an M.A. in History at the same institution.  In 1983 he received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago.

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John is also WBEZ’s Chicago History Blogger.

Harry Truman said that the only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know. I call my blog Chicago History Today because history is alive, timely, and full of surprises. Sometimes my topic is a famous person or a celebrated event. Just as often, it’s an obscure vignette from the past that illustrates how things have changed–or how they have remained the same. In any case, I try to start my readers’ day with a smile.


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