The Bell of the Great Chicago Fire

Dear loyal readers, I have a scrumptious treat to share with you! We don’t know much about Henry Rincker, Chicago’s own bell founder, and his metallurgical output in the mid-nineteenth century, but we know he did cast a bell for the combined courthouse and city hall. This government building, constructed in 1853, was destroyed inContinue reading “The Bell of the Great Chicago Fire”

A Severe Punishment

Bells in centuries past were often treated as humans themselves—they were baptized, named, and described as having “voices.” In this case from Imperial Russia, a bell was punished for centuries for its alleged crime.* It’s 1591 and Boris Godunov is keen on taking the throne of Russia. Tsar Fedor is considered weak in mind andContinue reading “A Severe Punishment”

Easter Tradition

It’s Maundy/Holy Thursday, and it’s a big day for Catholic bells in the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. It’s time to spread their wings–and fly! From Maundy Thursday (or sometimes Holy Saturday) until Easter morning, church bells are silent. Their silence is in solemn observation of the most holy, mournful days of the Christian year, theContinue reading “Easter Tradition”