Chicago Genealogical Society to Offer Lecture and Walking Tour on Saturday, October 2, 2010; Program Titled “Hidden Truths: The Chicago City Cemetery and Lincoln Park”

Hi Everyone,

I just noticed that the Chicago Genealogical Society is offering a wonderful 3 part program that will take place on Saturday, October 2, 2010.  Each Fall they offer a wonderful insight into some unique historical and genealogical aspect of some part of Chicago.  The program for this day will focus on the historical aspects of Lincoln Park as we know it today having been used originally as a cemetery in the early history of Chicago.  The presenter for the program is Pamela Bannos, who will serve as the lecturer and guide.

I have captured the text of their program description from their own web site at

The description of this unique and intersting program follows in bold and italics:

Lecture and Walking Tour – Hidden Truths: The Chicago City Cemetery and Lincoln Park. Did you know that Lincoln Park was known as Chicago Cemetery, subsequently City Cemetery and then the Old Cemetery before it became Lincoln Park? What happened to the remains of our ancestors that were buried on the 60 acres? When was the “cemetery” closed and why did it become a park? How can I find out if my ancestors were among the 35,000 buried there? Who holds the records associated with the cemetery? Learn the answers to these questions and many more. Pamela Bannos, our guide and speaker is an expert on this subject which became her project, “Hidden Truths”.

10:00 – 11:00 am Newberry Library Lecture at 60 West Walton

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lincoln Park/City Cemetery Walking Tour which starts at 1850 North Clark and ends at 1601 North Clark

12:30 – 2:00 pm Chicago History Museum (Optional Lunch) at the North and Clark Café, 1601 North Clark.

Take a look at the full paper “flyer” describing the program that was included in the recent Chicago Genealogical Society newsletter that was just recently received at our library.  I scanned the paper flyer and converted it to a PDF.  There appears to be more information in the flyer about this program than I could find from the CGS website.

Take a look at the full CGS flyer for this October tour at this link: 

This sounds like a fascinating multi-part excursion into the history of Chicago’s earliest cemetery.

Visit the society’s web site via the link above to find out more about the society in general and the various programs and online accessible data that they offer.  Consider becoming a member.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


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