Feb. 24: Ursula
Bielski: "Ghosts of the Des Plaines River Valley." The
Des Plaines River Valley is one of the most haunted stretches of land
in the Chicago area, from St. James Church at Sag Bridge to
Robinson Woods Indian Burial Ground, La Bagh Woods and the crash site
of Flight 191 on Chicago's north side. Ursula Bielski, author of the
ChicagoHaunts series,Graveyards of Chicago, Haunted Gary, Indiana and
the forthcoming Haunted Bachelors Grove is a professional historian,
folklorist and paranormal investigator who has spent nearly three decades
ghost hunting the Windy City and beyond. Join her for an evening of
true ghost stories and explore the preternatural phenomena and folk
tales of this fabled waterway.
March 23: William
Tyre, executive director and curator of Chicago’s
Historic Prairie Avenue, will speak on the Pullmans and
their mansion. Celebrate George M. Pullman’s 185th birthday
with this look at the expansive mansion he built at 1729 S. Prairie Ave.
April 27: April
Bayner of Designs of April Inc. will give a presentation
about Victorian gardening and native plants. Her specialty, landscape
design and consulting services, focuses on outdoor spaces with low-maintenance
designs that emphasize sustainability. She holds an Ornamental Horticulture
Certificate in Landscape Design, and is a member of the Illinois
Landscape Contractor Association, Chicago Botanic Gardens, and Openlands.
May 25: Joe
Cavataio, local independent researcher and reptile enthusiast, speaks about
many of the reptiles and amphibians found in the Chicago region and
explains why it is crucial that we prioritize respecting and protecting
these animals and their habitat. Learn about the history of local herpetology
and many of the current and future programs geared toward ensuring
the long-term survival of the approximately 50 species that call
Sept. 28: Archaeologist
Dan Melone will discuss the Robinson Family History. He recently
uncovered the lost Robinson headstones with the help of Robinson descendent
"Buzz" Spreeman. The Alexander Robinson Family Cemetery, active from
approximately 1860 to 1927, is located in Chicago on land awarded to
Robinson in the Treaty of Prairie du Chien.
Oct. 26: Ron
Kelder speaks about U.S. Army Private Arthur Herman "Buddy" Kelder, a
World War II prisoner of war. Veterans will be honored at this unique
storytelling about Private Kelder's POW experience in the Philippines.
A graduate of Carl Schurz High School in 1935, Private Kelder's body
Tea: Artisan Jewelry with Lois Hoote. Wear a unique piece of
jewelry as you attend this Victorian Tea, with a presentation about jewelry.
The event is April 9 and 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. RSVP
by April 1 by sending your date, number of people, and check for $25
(adults) or $12 (children
10 or younger) to NPHS, Attn: Spring Tea, 5624 N. Newark Ave., Chicago
IL 60631. Seats are limited to 60 people each day (tables hold 6 people
18, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Party: July 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
and Steins™: September 10, 3 to 6:30
Appraisal Day: November 13, 2 to 4:30 p.m. (doors open at
Holiday Craft Boutique and Holly Daze Cafe: Nov. 30
(members' only night) and Dec. 1 to 4
House Tour: Cancelled this year; see you in 2017!
All programs/events are held
at the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House, 5624 N. Newark Avenue, Chicago, IL
locations are subject to change. Please call ahead.