The National Civil Rights Museum is calling on churches and institutions in the United States and beyond to ring their bells to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On April 4, 2018, bells will ring to commemorate 50 years after Dr. King's death and his legacy in the Civil Rights Movement. Bells … Continue reading Homage to MLK Jr.
Watch me talk about the bells of the Leaning Tower of Niles, Illinois on WTTW's Chicago Tonight. Soon we will have the bells ringing again...and for visitors to see up close!
On Sunday, December 10th, the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Chicago celebrated the 40th anniversary of the installation of their single bell. This is no ordinary bell, however. This bell was bought from St. Mary’s Parish Church in Everton, Bedfordshire, England. Misfortune for St. Mary’s meant a welcome opportunity for the Church of Our … Continue reading The Oldest Bell in Chicago
Dear readers, All Saints St. Anthony Catholic Church in Chicago has not one bell tower, but two! The one on the left is leased by T-Mobile for their use. The one on the right has the good stuff...three bells cast by McShane of Baltimore in 1914. They were installed shortly after the church was erected. … Continue reading All Saints St. Anthony Catholic Church, Chicago
A local celebrity graciously showed me the St. James Lutheran Church bells--Warren Gast, the recently-retired principal of St. James Lutheran School. In crossing the street from the office to the church, at least two people gleefully shouted their greetings and chatted with us. And the street was given an honorary name after him! So I … Continue reading St. James Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL
This recent find about the last bell founder in Lebanon piqued my interest in bells in the middle east. I was intrigued by the explanation that the casting of big bells didn’t arrive in Lebanon until the Crusaders came through in the twelfth century.* Hadn’t they been making bells already for a long time? Yes, … Continue reading Bell Founding of Beit Chabab, Lebanon
At the First Unitarian Church in Hyde Park, Chicago, I climbed this ladder to reach their bell. And then I climbed this ladder. Actually, no, I didn’t. I chickened out. A fear of heights is not a good trait paired with the love of bells. Sometimes I overcome it, and sometimes I don’t. I was … Continue reading First Unitarian Church, Chicago, IL
The bells are off to Rome during this solemn time remembering Jesus' death. But they'll be back on Easter! And bringing eggs and candy with them.
On Nirvana Day, the annual Buddhist festival that recalls the death of the Buddha and his attainment of Nirvana, I visited the Buddhist Temple of Chicago. Bill Bohlman and Rev. Patti Nakai warmly welcomed us. Tom Corbett rang the kansho (bell) before the service and kindly allowed us to film him. The Buddhist tradition uses … Continue reading Buddhist Temple of Chicago
I have a special treat for you: recordings of the now-silent bells in the 11 South LaSalle Street Building! You'll recall that these four bells form a clock chime and chimed an original composition "Samheim." The bell pitches are B-flat--E-flat--G--B-flat. A nice E-flat major chord in second inversion. So these are the bells you would … Continue reading Silent Bells of Downtown Chicago III