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.Continue reading “Chicago Bell Tolls for the 9/11 Victims”

The Lost Columbian Exposition Bell

I have a special interest in Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, since I live in the neighborhood of its location. You may know about the exposition from the popular book by Erik Larson, Devil in the White City, the tale based on the serial murderer who operated a hotel nearby. What’s intriguing to me aboutContinue reading “The Lost Columbian Exposition Bell”

Bells Across the Land 2015, Part II

Ever have those days where you think “Ack! I forgot my camera, and I really need it now!” Of course you don’t—you’ve joined the 21st century and have your phone, computer, and camera all rolled up into one device. I’m still stuck in 1999 with my technology. I forgot my camera yesterday, and so failedContinue reading “Bells Across the Land 2015, Part II”

Bells Across the Land 2015

On April 9th, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox, Virginia, symbolically ending the Civil War. Next week, exactly 150 years later, bells will ring out across the United States at 3:00 EDT to commemorate the end of this war. The National Park Service is leading the effort inContinue reading “Bells Across the Land 2015”

The Bells of the Chicago Park District

See the Deagan tubular bells in the Waveland Field House and Clock Tower in this marvelous video made by Chicago Revealed. This gem of a building is located in one of the premiere lakefront parks in Chicago. I don’t have much to add to this video, other than that the Massachusetts carillon that inspired AnnieContinue reading “The Bells of the Chicago Park District”