Laurance Hearne Armour Memorial Carillon, Part II

Exciting news over here! I’ve got more info on the bells of Grace Episcopal Church of Chicago! You may recall in my first post on these bells that these formed a chime for the church in the early twentieth century and later formed the basis of the carillon at the Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, then laterContinue reading “Laurance Hearne Armour Memorial Carillon, Part II”

Bells for the Pope

The media is all abuzz about the Pope’s visit to Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. No one has covered the bells in the churches he’s visited, though, so I’ll share what I know! On September 23rd, Pope Francis gave a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington,Continue reading “Bells for the Pope”

An Awesome Experience

You know that sensation when you experience something truly breathtaking, something awe inspiring? It turns out that a sense of awe can support communities. Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner explained their recent findings on the connection between feeling awe and altruistic acts. The more awe people experience, the more altruistic they are. Awe-provoking experiences makeContinue reading “An Awesome Experience”

Laurance Hearne Armour Memorial Carillon

Staying true to my city, I’ve been doing some investigation on the carillon at Northwestern University. A few years ago Northwestern bought the buildings owned by the Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. Included in those buildings were a chapel and a tower with a 35-bell carillon. These bells have changed hands more than once…so our story willContinue reading “Laurance Hearne Armour Memorial Carillon”

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, soContinue reading “St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Evanston, Illinois”

Chime at Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, Illinois

My tour of Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park, Illinois, started with this interesting tidbit—the inside of the church was used in the filming of Home Alone(!) Dr. Dennis Northway, the Parish Musician and my gracious host, explained that the scenes which featured Macaulay Culkin entering the church and sitting next to the creepy neighborContinue reading “Chime at Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, Illinois”

American Chimes

Chimes in nineteenth-century American churches rang out hymns to their communities to praise God and to make the Sunday services more jubilant. Seems logical, right? Bzzz. Wrong. (That was my “error buzzer” there, did you see that?) According to Percival Price in Bells & Man,* this was not the primary aim of these instruments consistingContinue reading “American Chimes”

The Harkness Chimes at Yale

Ah! When I hear those bells, I feel nostalgic for my college days! Or when I hear that glee club sing or marching band play! And THAT, my friends, is my dissertation in a nutshell. I’m sure I’ll come back to the topic of bells and nostalgia more on this blog. As part of myContinue reading “The Harkness Chimes at Yale”