Upcoming virtual events

Just a few events that I have found that might spark your interest. I will update these as more and more events come out!

The Online Tour of Haunted Edinburgh– Mar 21, 2022 at 11:30 AM (AKST)

Dafydd Deathly is Edinburgh’s spookiest Welshman.

He can usually be found lurking in the shadowy corners of Auld Reekie, exploring the remains of its blood-soaked and ghoulish past, terrifying young and old alike with terrible tales of the supernatural and the mysterious, and looking for those keys that he must have dropped in the graveyard because he definitely had them when he came out.

Join him for a DEADstream tour, broadcast from the haunted streets of Edinburgh direct into your eyes, in your head, on your sofa.





CGS Free Webinar: “Chicago Neighborhoods: The Communities of Garfield Ridge and Clearing”– Mar 7, 2022 at 4 p.m. AKST

Part of the Chicago Genealogical Society Webinar Series – “Chicago Neighborhoods: The Communities of Garfield Ridge and Clearing” with Rob Bitunjac, president of the Clear-Ridge Historical Society and Branch Manager of the Clearing Library – Monday, March 7, 2022, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Central.

Join us for this free CGS Webinar as Rob Bitunjac discusses the history of the Chicago communities of Garfield Ridge and Clearing as well as some of the surrounding areas. Learn what resources the Clear-Ridge Historical Society and the Chicago Public Library have to offer as far as genealogical research.

Our speaker, Rob Bitunjac, is a life-long resident of the Garfield Ridge community and can trace his family’s roots back 100 years in Garfield Ridge. In 2011 he and a group of local historians founded the Clear-Ridge Historical Society to collect the history of the Chicago communities of Garfield Ridge and Clearing. The Society holds programs throughout the year, conducts tours, collects historical information, and has authored 3 books on local history. Rob has also worked for the Chicago Public Library for the past 30 years in neighborhoods all across Chicago and is currently the branch manager of the Clearing Branch Library.

Registration is required via the Chicago Genealogical Society website at https://chicagogenealogy.org/event-4611227 (under Events). Space is limited. Registration will close 1 hour prior to the event. This program will take place virtually via ZOOM. All people registered will receive an email the morning of the event with log-in instructions and a link. This information is not to be shared.

‘Bertha Palmer: “The Mrs. Astor” of Gilded Age Chicago’ Webinar– Mar 3, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. (AKST)

Can’t make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week!
New York Adventure Club | www.AdventureClub.com

By the 1870s, millionaire socialites of New York’s Fifth Avenue and Rhode Island’s Newport regarded the Midwest city of Chicago to be nothing more than a rural cow town. But that belittlement all but faded when Chicagoan Bertha Palmer, wife of millionaire hotelier and real estate mogul Potter Palmer, came upon the scene. Charismatic, elegant, and intellectual, Bertha charmed the crowned heads of Europe — with the Russian royal court going as far as calling her “America’s uncrowned Queen.” Who exactly was this influential socialite beloved by European and British royalty, and how would she go on to become a successful businesswoman in her own right? This is the story of one of the most fascinating women of the American Gilded Age.

Join New York Adventure Club as we uncover the life and legacy of Bertha Honore Palmer. Known as “Chicago’s Mrs. Astor” for her complete reign over the Windy City’s high society, this well-connected socialite would not only go on to earn the respect of her east coast counterparts but also become one of the most astute businesswomen and art collectors of the 19th century.

Led by historian Tom Miller, our virtual lecture and showcase of one of the American Gilded Age’s most interesting figures will include:

-A brief overview of Bertha’s early years and growing up in Illinois
-A look at the massive Palmer Castle on Lake Shore Drive, which was the largest and most expensive mansion in Chicago at the time
-A discussion of her triumphs during the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition, from being in charge of the Women’s Pavilion (the official site for women in the planning and exhibitions), to meeting heads of Europe on what would be an early publicity campaign
-Her unparalleled collection of French Impressionist art, the first of its kind in the United States
-A deep dive into her relationship with the east coast socialites and absolute victory over Newport snobbism — thanks in part to the help of a few titled friends like the Prince of Wales
-Her astounding life as a businesswoman following the death of her husband, and how she single-handedly transformed Sarasota County, Florida from a marshy swampland to a vibrant farming district and resort
– Many rare and historic photographs of the homes and buildings that Bertha Palmer touched, inside and out




The World of Kimono – Japanese History and Culture Livestream with Eriko– Mar 4, 2022, at 4PM (AKST)

The Kimono is a Japanese traditional garment that dates back over a thousand years. Up until the mid 19th century, it was the form of dress worn by everyone in Japan and is still widely worn on special occasions such as seasonal events and festivals.
On this tour, Eriko will show you different types of Kimono for different occasions and seasons and demonstrate how to put on a Kimono. Her great-grandfather was a Kimono craftsman in Tokyo. She will show you an exquisite collection of Kimonos that were passed down through generations.
The kimono is a wearable canvas for traditional Japanese art, craft, and design. It is perfect for anyone who is interested in Kimono, Japanese culture, textile, and fashion. Let’s enjoy the world of Kimono together!

Our host Eriko, a Tokyo, Japan-based tour guide, will share the culture and history of kimono showing different varieties of kimono and accessories then demonstrate a kimono fitting with a Q&A session at the end.

The program will be in English.

Register Here


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