Do you enjoy wandering Chicago’s cemeteries? There are so many in our large city and suburbs that are unknown to most of us. Coming from the field of family history, I tend to focus and visit only the cemeteries where my ancestors or my clients’ ancestors sleep. However, this year if winter ever ends, I plan to start exploring some of the other cemeteries that surround us.
Have you seen the book Graveyards of Chicago? I received a copy of the book Graveyards of Chicago by Matt Hucke and Ursula Bielski recently to review on my blog from Lake Claremont Press.
I own a copy of the original book and loved it. This new version however is filled with so much more. Hucke and Bielski take readers through many more cemeteries and provide more in-depth context about the cemeteries and their residents. More photographs are included to showcase the art and architecture of these cemeteries to expose readers to all the beauty that surrounds us. I had no idea such art was available in these cemeteries.
The book is broken into sections of the city so you can focus on one area if you choose. Why not take a day and go exploring? Don’t forget the book and your camera! There are QR codes within each cemetery listing so you can learn more and a few sections in the book that provide contextual information like “50 (Thousand) Ways To Leave Your Loved Ones: Burial Customs To Die For.” Excellent information for genealogists who want to know more about the customs of their ancestors.
The back of the book contains information on cemetery preservation and contains a bibliography of selected sources so researchers can wander down new research paths to learn more! I really love bibliographies personally because they introduce me to works I usually have no idea exist.
I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and make plans to explore these amazing cities of the dead this year. Have you explored some already? What are your favorites? Please share in the comments below. Then check out Lake Claremont Press’ website for additional books on Chicago history, art, architecture, food, and reference guides. They have a wide selection of incredible books.
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