Iranians in Chicagoland

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In 1893, Haj Mirza Mohammad Ali Moen-Ol Saltaneh journeyed to Chicago from Iran to visit the World Columbian Exposition. According to his memoirs, the Exposition's Ferris Wheel was one of the first things he saw. He visited the Persian Palace, Iran's exhibit at the Exposition, where he met Iranian workers and several French dancers posing as Persian women. These Iranians were likely the earliest group of Iranians who came to Chicago. They little imagined that by 2004, at least 10,000 Iranians would live in the city. Authors Hamid Akbari and Azar Khounani present a newly assembled collection of Persian Palace photographs coupled with Moen-Ol Saltaneh's observations of Chicago.
ISBN: 9780738533902
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dr. Akbari and Ms. Khounani are married and live in a Chicago suburb with their two children. Dr. Akbari is Associate Professor of Management and Chairperson of the Department of Management and Marketing at Northeastern Illinois University. Azar Khounani, MA in Early Childhood Education, is owner and executive director of a daycare in the Chicago area. They have been actively engaged in Iranian life in Chicago since arriving in 1986.
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