Exhibit: The “Annie”-Versary

A Hundred Years of Little Orphan Annie

April 27, 2024-December 23, 2024


We are excited to announce the “Annie”-Versary that celebrates the legacy of the beloved cartoon character Little Orphan Annie and honors Harold Gray the creative genius behind it.

Little Orphan Annie and Sandy, Lombard Historical Society Collection, 2002.12.01, c.1960.

Whether you remember her for her indomitable spirit, moral compass, or fiery red curls, Little Orphan Annie remains an important icon in American culture 100 years after the character’s debut in the namesake comic strip.

Affectionately dubbed the “Annie-Versary,” the Lombard Historical Society (LHS), Village of Lombard, and the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) are excited about a series of events that will run from April 27 through December 23, 2024, commemorating Little Orphan Annie’s enduring legacy and paying tribute to Harold Gray, the creative genius who brought her to life.