Announcements & Updates

I conducted a daytime tour, The Hidden Truths of Lincoln Park, as a companion program for Loyola University Museum of Art exhibitions Elegant Enigmas: the Art of Edward Gorey and G is for Gorey - C is for Chicago: The Collection of Thomas Michalak.

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I participated in Chicago 24, by giving a 10pm-midnight tour of Lincoln Park / Chicago City Cemetery.
Hosted by the Chicago History Museum, Chicago24 is a blitz of history tours on May 3/4, 2014. More information, here.

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In May 2013, I gave a presentation for the Theoretical Archaeological Group's plenary and program at the University of Chicago. Go here for details.

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WBEZ chose an eight-minute sound clip from one of my November Chicago History Museum presentations for inclusion in their Dynamic Range series, which they describe as a showcase for "hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified's vast archive of public events." The piece was chosen as one of their eight "Best of Dynamic Range in 2012." It is available here.

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Chicago's National Public Radio affiliate, WBEZ, presents the complete talk, "Garden of the Dead: The History of Lincoln Park's Elusive Graves," on their web-based series, Chicago Amplified. Go here to listen to the talk.

The same outlet also published my second Chicago History Museum talk, "Unfolding Tales: The Lingering Legacy of the Chicago City Cemetery." Go here to listen to the talk.

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I gave two public presentations at the Chicago History Museum in November 2012: "Garden of the Dead: The History of Lincoln Park's Elusive Graves" on Thursday, the 1st; and "Unfolding Tales: The Lingering Legacy of the Chicago City Cemetery" on Thursday, the 13th.

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The Chicago Architecture Foundation's website now includes the forty-five minute talk I gave at their Michigan Avenue location in September 2009. Stream or download the talk here.

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In October 2010, I gave a talk at the Newberry Library, followed by a tour of the Lincoln Park Grounds. The event was offered free through the Chicago Genealogical Society.

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In August 2010, I presented a short talk as part of The Dil Pickle Club's program, Matters of Life and Death.
The event, which featured five speakers, took place at The Op Shop in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

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On February 22, 2010, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that bones were discovered in the ground on the 1500 block of North State Parkway. According to the article, "It was not immediately known whether the bones were human, and the site may have previously been a cemetery at some point..."
Go to the Unexpected Findings section of this Web site to see more locations where bones have been uncovered.

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Hidden Truths now has a Facebook fan page. Please join to post questions or comments!



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In April 2009, I gave a free public lecture at the Evergreen Park Library.
Go here to see the program brochure.

In November 2008, I gave a free public lecture at DePaul University for their Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative Fall Program.
Go here to see the program brochure.


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I am delighted by the personal responses I am receiving from visitors to the on-site and web-based portions of this project. It is surprising and gratifying to hear from descendants of individuals who are mentioned on this website. In particular, I am pleased that I was able to close gaps in the family histories of John Ure and Jacob Milliman. Members from both families unexpectedly found their notable ancestor here.

I would like to thank photography collector John Graf for sending me this vintage image of the Frances M. Pearce sepulchral monument that once stood in the City Cemetery. See more about this memorial here.


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