Public Speaker, Historian, Author
Krista August bridges local history and contemporary life with her many presentations based upon meticulous research portrayed through captivating images and lively storytelling. Krista’s books and lectures are popular with private and corporate groups, libraries, historical societies and schools.
Krista formerly worked in finance and as a teacher and holds mathematics and graduate education degrees from Northwestern and DePaul universities, respectively. She is a former guide for the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Krista is also is an artist. Her fine art study includes coursework at the Palette and Chisel, the Old Town Triangle Association, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Richeson School of Art, and the Peninsula School of Art.
Krista August Presentation Menu
Over a period of just sixty years, frontier land of sand dunes and swamp was re-imagined into to a modern, cutting-edge metropolis -- which also became the center of the whole world for six months of 1893! Chicago’s total transformation is considered in terms of remarkable ideas that were realized, and in spite of obstacles and setbacks along the way.
Vanished: Monumental Art at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
Time travel back to virtually stroll the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and view the monumental sculptures that decorated the buildings, bridges, lagoons, as well as private viewing rooms. Learn exciting history behind these mostly temporary sculptures that dazzled before they disappeared.
Signposts on the Prairie, P1: A Passport to Where Illinois Began
Take a virtual road trip -- to Little Egypt -- and learn why Southern Illinois is considered to be Where Illinois Began.
Signposts on the Prairie, P2: Traces Out of the Wilderness
Explore Northern Illinois, scouting out “signposts” (historical markers), that direct our attention back to significant turning points in Illinois history. Glean insight into how Northern Illinois attracted early settlers and how, consequently, the wilderness years were left behind.
Chicago Holiday Traditions – Old and New
Virtually tour popular holiday attractions in Millennium Park and the Chicago Loop. Enjoy local history and art while reveling in this most wonderful time of the year!
Giants in the Park - A 4-Part Series
[Chicago Writers Association 2011 Book of the Year; Illinois State Historical Society 2014 and 2017 Certificates of Excellence]
Explore Lincoln Park – Chicago’s largest park -- and encounter GIANTS of history and literature. Learn important history memorialized by the park’s enduring bronze statues: stories about the heroes, the artists, the benefactors, the unveiling ceremonies, and the monuments themselves.
- A Walk with Giants (Part 4 of Giants in the Park)
-- senior living community program coordinator
Lincoln Park Art and History Books
Giants in the Park is
a history guide for the monuments in Lincoln Park, Chicago's largest
and, historically, most important park. Monumental art encountered with
this walking tour guidebook include "Lincoln the Man," La Salle, Grant,
Sheridan, Schiller, Goethe, Altgeld ... seventeen portrait statues in
all. Missing monuments and salient park history are documented as well.
Giants in the Park ACTIVITY BOOK
is designed to engage students with coloring pages, primary source
material, text highlighting notable history, and multidisciplinary