Students, Teachers, and Lifelong Learners

Discovery tour of Jackson Park with second graders, 2009.

Discovery tour of Jackson Park with second graders, 2009.

Julia Bachrach gives engaging and informative presentations, workshops, seminars for students, teachers, and lifelong learners. Julia illuminates important themes in American cultural, social, design, and political history. She explores topics and material that you can’t find in standard text books. Many of Julia’s programs highlight material from her books and publications such as The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks.  

Julia speaks about the rich design history in Chicago and the Midwest. She gives programs that explore significant topics in social history such as African Americans in Chicago History, Noteworthy Women of Illinois; the Legacy of Trees in Chicago’s Parks; Healthful Recreation: The History of Open Spaces and Illness in Chicago; Paradise Under Glass: The History of Conservatories in America.  Her presentations and tours can be tailored to the special interests and needs of your group.

Julia’s programs for students and teachers explore the detective work involved in historical research. Students learn to discern between primary and secondary sources and apply critical thinking skills to investigate and interpret source material. These lessons are especially relevant today because they will help students develop media literacy. Julia’s programs for students also support the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.

Julia gives presentations, workshops, and seminars to: Newberry Library, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago History Museum, American Horticultural Society President’s Council, Landmarks Illinois, Friends of the Parks, Know Your Chicago, and dozens of garden clubs, local history organizations, and other groups.

To find out more about Julia’s current public programs and seminars or to plan a program, contact her at or (773) 761-5040.