Chicago Bell Tolls for the 9/11 Victims

Serendipity led me to this story about a bell from Chicago that tolled for the 9/11 victims in Manhattan. Rev. David W. Schlatter, a fire chaplain in Wilmington, DE, wanted to remember his friend and colleague Rev. Mychal F. Judge, who was a NYC fire chaplain who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. […]

The Handbell Wars

So I’ve alluded to the fierce competition between the two Meneely bell foundries located across from each other on the Hudson River in New York State (both foundries have gone out of business). There is another intense competition in the handbell world between Schulmerich and Malmark that has only very recently eased up on their […]

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Evanston, Illinois

Last week I visited St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, Illinois to see their nine-bell chime in action. David Plank, Associate for Music Ministries, kindly led the way. Convenience at its finest. The chime stand is located on the ground floor of the church! The interesting part is upstairs, however. No scary ladders here, so […]

Paul Revere, Bell Founder

Did you know that Paul Revere cast bells? I know, right!? He warns of enemy troops AND casts bells—he’s a patriot after my own heart. And really, he did it all. From the Massachusetts Historical Society, we learn he was at one time or another a silversmith, engraver, revolutionary propagandist, soldier, cannon founder, dentist, hardware […]

Dartington Carillon Project

Some ambitious types have been drawn in by the pull of bells hook, line, and sinker in Dartington, UK. They are planning to mount The Dartington Carillon—a multifaceted, community oriented carillon combining the magic and technology of bells. Just look at all the different things this project is supposed to include: working foundry, bell sculptures […]