Category: 1893 World's Columbian Exposition

The Devil in the White City, Dr. H.H. Holmes, linked to Celebration of Flag Day

The Devil in the White City, Dr. H.H. Holmes, linked to Celebration of Flag Day
Much has been written about Dr. Herman Webster Mudgett and his murderous escapades in Chicago while using the alias Dr. H.H. Holmes.  Thanks to Erik Larson’s best-selling book and many other books and shows, the murderous con-man will be forever linked to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. What many don’t know is that... Read more »

Was Dr. H. H. Holmes the Origin of the Hippach Curse?

Was Dr. H. H. Holmes the Origin of the Hippach Curse?
I have written about the Hippach family of Chicago before and have referred to them as possibly one of Chicago’s most unlucky families.  If I actually believed in curses I would be tempted to claim that the Hippach family was cursed for some previously unknown reason. I have also done a fair amount of research... Read more »

Today The White City Opened 124 Years Ago in Jackson Park – Free Events Planned Saturday May 6th

Today The White City Opened 124 Years Ago in Jackson Park – Free Events Planned Saturday May 6th
On May 1, 1893, the eyes of the world were on Chicago and more specifically Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance. The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition opened for visitors and before it ended six months later at least 27.5 million visitors had come from all over the world to see the magnificent splendor that became... Read more »
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Historic Chicago Landmark Second Presbyterian Church to Host Free Event June 22nd

Historic Chicago Landmark Second Presbyterian Church to Host Free Event June 22nd
On Wednesday, June 22nd at 5:30pm, Friends of Historic Second Church is holding a free event at the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church at 1936 S. Michigan Avenue.  The theme of the event is “Making History at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition” The event will feature refreshments including Chicago original food stuffs that were introduced at... Read more »

Happy 112th Birthday to Chicago's Blackstone Library

Happy 112th Birthday to Chicago's Blackstone Library
The Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 truly was a spectacle!  Roughly 600 acres and over 200 buildings occupied Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance from May 1st through October 30th.  One of those buildings was paid for entirely out of private subscriptions.  It was paid for by the members of the Merchant Tailors’ Exchanges... Read more »

The Murder of the White City Mayor Carter Harrison by Patrick Eugene Prendergast

The Murder of the White City Mayor Carter Harrison by Patrick Eugene Prendergast
The city of Chicago was preparing to close out the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition on October 30, 1893 with pomp and pageantry but it would ultimately end more akin to a funeral. Patrick Eugene Prendergast was a man of grand dreams, small means and even grander delusions.  By today’s standards he would have been more... Read more »
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Relic of 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition found by Chicago Park District

Relic of 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition found by Chicago Park District
A number of colored painted panels from the Hooden Palace of the Japanese Exhibit at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition were recently discovered by the Chicago Park District in a storage area. Following the Columbian Exposition or “The White City” as it became known, the nation of Japan gifted it’s Hooden Palace Exhibit to the... Read more »

Was the Back to the Future II Date of October 21, 2015 a Shout Out to Christopher Columbus?

Was the Back to the Future II Date of October 21, 2015 a Shout Out to Christopher Columbus?
This year has pop culture and trivia geeks chomping at the bit.  October 21, 2015 is the date that Doc sends Marty McFly forward in time 30 years.  Marty goes forward in time to stop his son, Marty Jr. from participating in a robbery and then things get crazy. There have been a number of... Read more »

Chicago Mayor Carter Harrison's Assassin Patrick Eugene Prendergast was executed on this date in 1894

Chicago Mayor Carter Harrison's Assassin Patrick Eugene Prendergast was executed on this date in 1894
Today, July 13, 2015 is the 121st anniversary of the execution by hanging of Patrick Eugene Prendergast.  Actually Patrick Eugene Joseph Prendergast was his full name.  Many who have read Erik Larson’s Devil in The White City are familiar with Prendergast.  He was a 25 year old Chicago newspaper distributor who on October 28, 1893... Read more »
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July 10, 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Cold Storage Fire Should be the Origin of “Murphy’s Law”

July 10, 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Cold Storage Fire Should be the Origin of “Murphy’s Law”
122 years ago today, Chicago experienced the largest loss of fire-fighters in the 19th Century and it happened on the grounds of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park. The building known as the Cold Storage Building was not an exhibit building per se but was more of a vendor building where any exhibitor... Read more »