Posts in category "Christmas"

2014 Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Has its Origin in the Tragedy of Captain Santa and The Rouse Simmons

2014 Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Has its Origin in the Tragedy of Captain Santa and The Rouse Simmons
On November 25th, starting at 4:30 p.m., the City will have its official Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Daley Plaza but many people aren’t aware of the history of our Chicago Christmas Tree. The origins of the tradition started with the tragic sinking of one of Chicago’s most famous Christmas Tree Ships, the Rouse Simmons... Read more »

150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and a Haunted Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the City of Evanston?

150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and a Haunted Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the City of Evanston?
Could there be a haunted portrait of Abraham Lincoln somewhere in one of the municipal buildings in the City of Evanston?  It is many times  better to be lucky than good!  At least we used to say that in the police department.   This little tidbit of a story came to me when I was comparing... Read more »

Rouse Simmons The Chicago Christmas Tree Ship 100th Anniversary

Rouse Simmons The Chicago Christmas Tree Ship 100th Anniversary
November 23, 2012 is the 100th Anniversary of the loss of one of the the greatest “Christmas Tree Ships” of the Great Lakes and a special one in the hearts of late 19th Century and early 20th Century Chicagoans. Captain Herman Schuenemann was nicknamed Captain Santa by the thousands of Chicagoans who waited eagerly for... Read more »
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