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The Flowery Kingdom

Occasionally genealogists spend research time delving into the nooks and crannies of history to broaden the knowledge of an ancestor’s life.   For some time I have been gathering information on the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.   875 more words

Columbian Exposition of 1893

As the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the new world approached, Catholic educators around the U.S. were determined to claim Columbus as their own. What better way to claim Columbus as their own than to participate in the 400th anniversary which was scheduled for 1892? 144 more words

Parochial Schools

American Pioneers of Amusement, Part 1

George C. Tilyou

Born in New York City in 1862, George Tilyou moved to Coney Island at age 3. His father set up a restaurant and beach rental business. 955 more words

The Early Rides: Lots of Thrills and Surely Some Spills

One of the things that differentiated the burgeoning amusement park business of the late 19th century from predecessors like fairs and pleasure gardens were mechanical rides. 938 more words

Before There Were Amusement Parks

Amusement parks as we know them did not come into being until the latter part of the 19th century. But there were a host of predecessors, some dating back to the middle ages, ranging from beer gardens to world expositions. 837 more words


Meanwhile . . .

. . . on yet another bookish adventure in my inter-library loan system, this time at the Indian Prairie Library,  I noticed this poster as I started to walk out. 644 more words


Chicago for Gardeners

Urban Oases and Millennium Park

Dateline October 2015. Susan and I had both read Erik Larson’s absolutely spellbinding book, The Devil in the White City: 970 more words