Posts tagged "1893 World's Columbian Exposition"

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 »

Chicago Wishes a Happy 153rd Birthday to Ida B. Wells Barnett

Chicago Wishes a Happy 153rd Birthday to Ida B. Wells Barnett
Ida B. Wells was born July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi to enslaved parents James Wells and Elizabeth Warrenton shortly before the Emancipation Proclamation. She went on to become a journalist, newspaper editor, sociologist, suffragist and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Many Chicagoans are not aware that Ida came to Chicago... 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 »

Chicago Mayor Approves City-Wide Use of Fireworks on the 4th of July 1893

Chicago Mayor Approves City-Wide Use of Fireworks on the 4th of July 1893
It was four days before the 4th of July celebration by Chicagoans in the year 1893.  The eyes of the world were on Chicago because it was in this year that Chicago was host to the World’s Columbian Exposition and it was in full swing in Jackson Park and along the Midway Plaisance.  The White... Read more »

Columbia Susan Manak – First Baby Born at the World’s Columbian Exposition

Columbia Susan Manak – First Baby Born at the World’s Columbian Exposition
On October 17, 1892 a group of roughly 60 Inuits from Labrador arrived in Chicago to be part of the Esquimaux Village at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. It was the first of the ethnological exhibits to arrive at the Expo and was given a location inside the Exposition proper rather than on the Midway... Read more »
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The July 10, 1893 World's Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire and its Unknown Victim

The July 10, 1893 World's Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire and its Unknown Victim
On the afternoon of Monday, July 10, 1893, four Chicago firemen, eight firemen hired by the Columbian Exposition and three civilians lost their lives in a fiery inferno that was the cold storage building. It was the greatest loss of life in the Chicago Fire Department until the Chicago Stockyards fire of December 22, 1910... Read more »