Thursday , museum director Bill Tyre gave a lecture entitled 1887: A Year to Remember – the year in which the Glessners completed and moved into their new home at October 4, 2012 1800 South Prairie Avenue in . The illustrated talk was divided into five sections focusing on events in the world, the nation, the city, the neighborhood, and lastly the lives of the Glessner family. We present a few interesting tidbits uncovered during research for the talk: Chicago
celebrated her Jubilee (50th anniversary on the throne) during the year. For those who were especially devoted to their Queen, a special wallpaper was produced featuring a portrait of the Queen surrounded by images of the colonies she controlled around the world ( Victoria was depicted by a kangaroo). Australia
, a horrific flood started on the September 28, 1887 Yellow River in which ultimately led to the deaths of 900,000 and 2 million left homeless. At its peak, the flood covered 50,000 square miles in China . It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in history, however another flood of the Henan Province Yellow River in 1931 claimed the lives of nearly 4 million people.
Dr. Lezyer Leyvi Zamenhof published his book International Language under the pseudonym Doktoro Esperanto. His hopes were that the new language could be used as a tool for promoting world peace.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published his first Sherlock Holmes mystery - A Study in Scarlet - in Beeton’s Magazine.
Jenny Lind, the great soprano known as the “Swedish nightingale” died at the age of 67.
President Grover Cleveland embarked on a Goodwill Tour during the months of September and October, traveling as far west as
. Cleveland and his wife traveled in the private railroad car owned by George Pullman, known as the P.P.C. which was lavishly appointed. Omaha, Nebraska insisted on paying for the use of the car, to eliminate any appearance of impropriety. Cleveland
Rev. Hannibal Goodwin, an Episcopal priest, invented the flexible roll of nitrocellulose film for a roller camera. The patent was infringed upon by Eastman Kodak, which in 1914 paid a $5 million settlement to Goodwin’s estate.
Eadweard James Muybridge published Animal Locomotion: An Electrophotographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements with over 700 plates in eleven volumes. This work is widely considered to be the precursor to motion pictures.
Anne Sullivan became the teacher of six-year-old Helen Keller.
The four Haymarket “anarchists” were executed on Friday November 11. A fifth anarchist had committed suicide the previous day.
The Commercial Club of Chicago purchased 700 acres of lakefront property north of the city and donated it to the Federal government. The next year, the military began construction of
on the land. The fort was closed in 1993. Fort Sheridan
The Newberry Library was established using a bequest from Walter Loomis Newberry (1804-1868), the present of the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad, the first railroad built from
. The first librarian William Frederick Poole, worked with architect Henry Ives Cobb to design the building, which opened in 1893. Chicago
was begun by Elizabeth Harrison and Rumah Arvilla Crouse. It survives today as Chicago Kindergarten College . National-Lewis University
Sixteen-inch softball was invented in
on Thanksgiving Day at the Farragut Boat Club. Chicago
Prominent buildings under construction in
during the year included the Chicago , the Rookery (shown above), the Auditorium Building , and two churches by Burnham and Root – St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church and Lake View Presbyterian Church. Tacoma Building