Saturday, August 26

Funeral by the cars to Forest Home Cemetery: A modern-day Field Trip with Chicago Historian Craig Pfannkuche

CGS invites you to an event on Saturday, August 26 for the recreation of a funeral trip “by the cars” to the famous Forest Home Cemetery. In the era before the automobile, caskets bearing the deceased were often transported to Chicago’s outlying cemeteries by special funeral cars along the Chicago Street Railways. Meet the group at Union Station Great Hall 9:15 a.m. for this fun event.

Schedule – 9:15AM – 9:30AM meet at Chicago’s Union Station. We will then walk to and take the “Blue Line” subway to the Forest Park stop. Then we will walk a short distance to Forest Home Cemetery. Craig will give us a tour of the cemetery and share the history & information about who are buried there (about 1 hour). We will then take the “Blue Line” back downtown. We plan to be back at Union Station at approximately 1:00PM.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Family History Day at Harold Washington Library

Chicago Genealogical Society partners with Chicago Public Library for a full day event (10-4). There will be three to four lectures in the auditorium and the multi-purpose rooms will be staffed with genealogists and librarians to answer your research questions. Cost: Free. Please join us at 400 South State Street!

Saturday, November 4, 2017 

Author David L Keller will detail “The Story of Camp Douglas”

Built in 1861 Chicago, Camp Douglas was the largest Union Army prisoner-of-war camp for Confederate soldiers taken prisoner during the American Civil War. It was described as “80 acres of hell”. Don’t miss this compelling story. Join us at the Newberry Library at 1:30 pm. Cost Free

December 2, 2017

Chicago Stock Yard and Transit Co

Chicago Stock Yard and Transit Co was the meatpacking district in Chicago for more than a century. It was started in 1865 and was operated by a group of railroad companies. Join us at the Newberry Library at 1:30pm for an information talk about its history by Dominic A Pacheca the author of “Slaughter House”. Cost Free

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