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Tim Samuelson


Tim Samuelson is the director of the Chicago Architectural Preservation Archive and has served as Chicago’s cultural historian since the late Lois Weisberg—then Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs—created that position for him in 2002. A city treasure in his own right, Samuelson has been involved in local preservation efforts for nearly his entire life, and played a significant role as part of the city’s Commission on Chicago Landmarks in the 1980s. In 2015, Landmarks Illinois named Tim himself a “Legendary Landmark.” He has organized multiple exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, including Bronzeville Echoes: Faces and Places of Chicago’s African American Music (2018), Mecca Flat Blues (2014), Wright Before the ‘Lloyd' (2013), Louis Sullivan’s Idea (2010, with Chris Ware), and Isn’t That Amazing! The Appeal and Spiel of Ronco and Popeil (2004).