These images represent some visible aspects of my research.

The pictures (and video, below) give a glimpse into the various facets of my research and process during the year I spent compiling the stories and information that culminated in this project.

   
  April - assembling early materials May - Memorial Day at Rosehill Cemetery June - Harold Washington Library, maps and Lincoln Park clippings file, Social Sciences and History Department June - assembling postcards, visualizing early Lincoln Park June - Illinois Regional Archives Depository at Northeastern Illinois University, microfilm records of Common Council files July - Harold Washington Library, clippings file on microform, Social Sciences and History Department July - building a visualization of early Lincoln Park August - assembling cemetery survey materials August - assimilating project information August - puzzling the family lots in order to properly place in the cemetery survey
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September - using a software program to aid in assembling formation of family lots. September - assembling microfilm copies of the Common Council files October - Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago’s Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center, copy of cemetery plat November - first glimpse of this original Common Council document at the Illinois Regional Depository Archive November - Chicago Park District, Engineering Collections Active Vault December - Chicago Park District, Special Collections Archive December - Chicago Park District, Special Collections Archive, Lincoln Park list of condemned cemetery lots December - Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield, Illinois, where I spoke with Jon N. Austin about iron coffins. December - Graceland Cemetery, first volume of interments, 1860-1870 January - assembling information by category for this Web Site February - Illinois Regional Archives Depository, at Northeastern Illinois University March - looking at an Ante-fire tract book with Welton Pryor Jr., manager of the Guarantee Production department, at the Chicago Title and Trust Company.    

The project began the day before this visit to the Couch Tomb.
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February 11, 2007
May - Peter Alter, curator at the Chicago History Museum, sharing David Kennison materials. May- Memorial Day at Oakwoods Cemetery June - Northwestern University, Deering Library, McCormick Library of Special Collections, Lincoln Park photo scrapbook June - Harold Washington Library, Social Sciences and History Department June - Illinois Regional Archives Depository at Northeastern Illinois University July - assembling materials to visualize the Chicago City Cemetery August 24 - aftermath of storm, destruction of trees surrounding the Couch Tomb August - assembling microfilm copies from the Illinois Regional Depository Archives August - learning about surveys and plats September - puzzling the lots into proper arrangement with microfilm document containing the definitive clue. September - successful placement of 172 family lots, covering 600' in length, from Wisconsin St. south to Menomonee St. September - transcribing and backing up microfilm copies of Common Council files November - reading on the Google Books Web Site November - copying the Common Council files for this Web Site at IRAD. November - Chicago Park District, Engineering Collections Active Vault December - Chicago Park District, Special Collections Archive December - driving to Springfield in frozen fog to meet with Dawn Cobb of the Illinois State Museum December - transcribing the 1870 Lincoln Park Commissioners' meeting minutes December - assembling the maps for the Web Site introduction January - Graceland Cemetery March - first proof of historical marker, sent via e-mail by Sewah Studios March - Chicago Title and Trust Company, Ante-fire tract book room.    
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