Windy City Historians Podcast

Sinopse

Windy City Historians Podcast is a podcast on and about Chicago history for anyone curious about the Windy City hosted by authors Christopher Lynch and Patrick McBriarty.

Episódios

  • Episode 17 – The Haymarket

    Episode 17 – The Haymarket

    28/09/2020 Duração: 58min

    Why is May Day a holiday celebrated all over the world, but not in the United States? The answer is piece of Chicago history pointing to the events culminating at Haymarket Square on May 4th, 1886.

  • Episode 16: The Second Star – The Fire

    Episode 16: The Second Star – The Fire

    23/08/2020 Duração: 59min

    There is one story well-known throughout the world about the Windy City and a cow kicking over a lantern that set the Great Chicago Fire in motion.  The fact that the story of Catherine O'Leary's cow is totally false seems not to matter, as this wrong-headed legend continues to perpetuate itself with the general public.  As the newspaper editor Dutton Peabody says in the 1952 film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, “when the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” And so it is, a hundred and fifty years later, Mrs. O’Leary and her cow live on in popular culture.  The events of the evening of October 8th, 1871 would be the culmination of a prolonged hot, dry summer in the Midwest, and when Chicago began to burn, there were fires burning in several other places as well.  However. Chicago and the legend of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow eclipsed the reporting of the other fires, and stuck in the popular imagination.  The Great Chicago Fire became the second star on the flag of Chicago, a marked tragedy, as approximatel

  • Episode 15: The Stockyards

    Episode 15: The Stockyards

    30/07/2020 Duração: 59min

    In the Spring of 2020, one of the first cracks in the American economy with Covid-19 was the closing of several meatpacking plants in the United States.  The nature of the process with workers stationed in close proximity to one another, poorly ventilated spaces, and often arduous work conditions and practices became a breeding ground for the virus and created Covid hot-spots around the country.  Meanwhile, the White House exercising its executive authority via the Defense Production Act ordered slaughterhouses to remain open for fear of disrupting of the nation's meat supply.  This underbelly of the food chain is often overlooked, yet for more than a century Chicago was largely identified with wholesale slaughter and meat processing thanks to the Union Stock Yard & Transit Company, which opened on Christmas Day 1865.  Stockyards and the downstream processing operations would soon become a ubiquitous presence in the economy of the growing metropolis of Chicago, the commerce of the United States, and the wo

  • Episode 14: A Brewing City

    Episode 14: A Brewing City

    25/06/2020 Duração: 01h09min

    Chicago has a long history of brewing and distilling; of taverns, pubs, and saloons; of alcohol distribution and consumption so we hope you will soak up this episode on the history of alcohol and its impact on the city. This episode of the Windy City Historians podcast is a historic concoction ranging across Chicago's history to explore the interplay of sociability and society around beer, spirits, and brewing to create, support, and shape the development of this toddling town and vice versa. We hope this will whet your appetite and briefly quench your thirst for history through a unique take on the City of Big Shoulders. In this episode co-hosts Christopher Lynch and Patrick McBriarty talk with Chicago historian Liz Garibay to discuss her research and fascinating stories of American and Chicago history as viewed through the lens of alcohol. Learn the true origin of PBR's Blue Ribbon -- it's NOT from the World's Colombian Exposition of 1893 -- OR about the Lager Beer Riots of 1855 -- as we serve up ano

  • Episode 13: Early Chicago

    Episode 13: Early Chicago

    26/05/2020 Duração: 55min

    In this episode of our “Laying the Foundation” series of the Windy City Historians we explore an often ignored and long forgotten era and complete our interview with Dr. Ann Durkin Keating. We tap into the history of Juliette Kinzie and the city’s early wheelers and dealers as it rises up out of the swampy prairie landscape along the Y-shaped Chicago River on far southwestern shore of Lake Michigan.

  • Special Episode: Don’t Sneeze, Cough or Spit!

    Special Episode: Don’t Sneeze, Cough or Spit!

    28/04/2020 Duração: 01h33min

    It began suddenly in the northern suburbs of Chicago and the contagion floated south toward the city like an invisible cloud.  Soon restaurants, saloons, and theaters were closed and police were given the power to break up crowds of ten persons or more.  Spitting, coughing and sneezing on the street could put you in jail.  Public Funerals were forbidden and elective surgeries canceled.  Everyone wore face masks. Was this Spring, 2020? No, it was Chicago in the Autumn of 1918. Join the Windy City Historians for this special episode as we step away from the chronological telling of Chicago history of our ongoing “Laying the Foundation” series, and instead chart the course of epidemics and outbreaks in Chicago history. In particular, we dig into the, so called, Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918. This pandemic reveals many parallels between the events of 1918 and today's struggle with the novel coronavirus (SARS Cov-2, its new official name) in 2020.   In this episode we interview historian Joseph

  • Episode 12: The First Star – part two

    Episode 12: The First Star – part two

    24/02/2020 Duração: 01h03min

    Fort Dearborn at the beginning of the War of 1812 . . . is it a Battle or a Massacre? How should we, in the twenty-first century, talk about the events that occurred on Chicago's lakefront on August 15, 1812 -- a month-and-a-half after the declaration of war? How do we describe what happened to the column of approximately 100 soldiers, farmers, women and children in Indian Country that abandoned Fort Dearborn, mostly on foot, for Fort Wayne when they are attacked by approximately 500 Native Americans? Join us in this episode of the Windy City Historians Podcast for the second half of our interview with history professor Ann Durkin Keating, Ph.D. and The First Star -- a reference to the first star on the Flag of Chicago. Does William Wells actually get his heart carved out to be eaten by the victors? Find out about this and much more as we discuss the final events, implications, art and language surrounding Chicago and aftermath of this infamous attack in Chicago in 1812. We hope you will enjoy it a

  • Episode 11: The First Star

    Episode 11: The First Star

    31/01/2020 Duração: 59min

    Did you realize each of the four stars on the Chicago Flag represent important dates in Chicago history? The two blue stripes on the flag have a special meaning as well. In this Episode we will discuss the events running up to the Fort Dearborn Massacre which is represented by the first star on Chicago's flag. We interview historian, professor, and author Ann Durkin Keating, Ph.D. about the events leading up to what she prefers to call the Battle of Fort Dearborn which occurred on Chicago's lakefront on August 15, 1812. This is the eleventh episode in our inaugural series we call "Laying the Foundation" and continues our chronological overview of Chicago history from its beginnings up to the 1930s. Since March 2019, we have released a new episode each month, usually on the last Friday of the month, to bring you a new slice of fascinating Chicago history. We hope you are enjoying the podcast and we could use your help to expand our audience. Please tell your friends, family, acquaintances, and even co

  • Episode 10: The First Murder

    Episode 10: The First Murder

    03/01/2020 Duração: 01h01min

    Founded in 1803, Chicago's Fort Dearborn is the western most outpost on the frontier, and by 1812 still the most isolated fort in Indian Country. The garrison and few settlers are outnumbered five-to-one by the neighboring tribes within a day's ride. A pivotal year in Chicago history the corner of today's Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue is the site of Chicago's first murder on June 17. At that point tensions are already high and this killing comes one day before Congress declares war on Great Britain. Although, the approximately 100 residents of Chicago will have no idea war is declared until mid- to late-July. Just why trader John Kinzie stabbed fort interpreter Jean Lalime to death is a two-centuries' old Chicago mystery. Was it jealousy, a trade dispute, bad blood? Listen in as we set the scene of Chicago on the cusp of the War of 1812, weight the accounts, motivations, and events surrounding this gruesome murder on the banks of the Chicago River. We hope you enjoy this fascinating slice of

  • Episode 9: The First Scandal

    Episode 9: The First Scandal

    27/11/2019 Duração: 01h21s

    Early settlement of Chicago begins, Fort Dearborn is established at this outpost in Indian Country and it gets entangled in Chicago's first scandal.

  • Episode 8 : The First Settler

    Episode 8 : The First Settler

    17/10/2019 Duração: 01h06min

    The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines settler as, "a person who goes to live in a new place where usually there are few or no people". Native Americans have lived in the greater Chicago area for approximately 10,000 years dating back to the last ice age. Dependent on long lost oral histories we have no clear records of the future city's earliest peoples, though archeological efforts and early French documents seem to indicate no native villages existed within today's Chicago city limits. There have been significant native villages in the suburbs surrounding Chicago, but no evidence of native settlement on the Chicago River has ever come to light. The last seven episodes of the Windy City Historians Podcast has attempted to relate the first hundred plus years of Chicago's earliest recorded history from the first westerners to pass through the area; be it Nicolet somewhere between 1628 and 1634 or Jolliet and Marquette in 1673. We now unveil this story of Chicago's very first settler connecting us to

  • Episode 7: Jolliet  Marquette by Reenactment

    Episode 7: Jolliet & Marquette by Reenactment

    26/09/2019 Duração: 59min
  • Episode 6: Mississippi by Canoe

    Episode 6: Mississippi by Canoe

    23/08/2019 Duração: 59min

    “Unquestionably the discovery of the Mississippi is a datable fact which considerably mellows and modifies the shiny newness of our country, and gives her a most respectable outside-aspect of rustiness and antiquity.” -- Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi For the new country of the United States, the river that bisected it was old. This mighty river shaped the destiny of the towns and cities along its many miles of shoreline. Chicago was just a backwater to St. Louis, Missouri and Galena, Illinois before the railroads began to dominate transportation and Chicago's rapid rise to prominence. Our esteemed guest Paul Meincke took full measure of this river on an epic 70-day journey and joins the Windy City Historians in a special episode of our “Canoe Chronicles” to share some history and present reality of the "Mighty" Mississippi. In 2017, Paul, with friends Bill Baar, Tim Clark, and Tom Lobacz, started this adventure at the river's headwaters in Minnesota and canoed some 2,320 miles to Gulf of M

  • Episode 5: Missing at Death’s Door

    Episode 5: Missing at Death’s Door

    26/07/2019 Duração: 01h02min

    Our examination of René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle continues in this episode, as we follow the progress of the 1976-77 La Salle II Expedition, which ran into rough weather in Door County, Wisconsin and plot their progress as winter forces the crew out of their canoes to walk or portage the frozen rivers and roads, as they try to make it to the Mississippi. Author Lorraine Boissoneault shares her insights from her book The Last Voyageurs and we interview Reid & Ken Lewis who organized this epic reenactment and and Rich Gross who was part of the crew on this trek seeking the Gulf of Mexico. We also gained fascinating insights from our interview with veteran broadcaster Paul Meincke recounting his 2017 trip canoeing the Mississippi from its headwaters to the Gulf and the ever present dangers of paddling this river of commerce of America's heartland. Reid Lewis at the Natural History Museum in Elgin, IllinoisPaul Meincke holding a commemorative paddle from his trip Rendering of La Salle claiming

  • Episode 4: La Salle and the Voyageurs

    Episode 4: La Salle and the Voyageurs

    28/06/2019 Duração: 56min

    The name La Salle is ubiquitous throughout the United States, with streets, parks, towns, universities, parishes, schools and even counties named for this French explorer. In this episode, “La Salle and the Voyageurs”, we examine the influence of La Salle, as well as interview Reid Lewis, the founder of a 1976-77 reenactment of La Salle’s second expedition journeying from Montreal to the Gulf of Mexico.  Rich Gross, a member of the crew tells us what it was like to canoe for 3,300 miles as an 18 year-old student, and we talk with Lorraine Boissoneault, the author of "The Last Voyageurs" about La Salle and this re-enactment of his voyage. René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle is a larger then life figure, and so one cannot devote just one episode to him; this is the first of a two-part podcast on this giant of French and American history, who along with Jacque Marquette and Louis Jolliet, is in the Pantheon of French explorers who opened up the frontier of North America and traveled extensively

  • Episode 3: Urbs in Horto?

    Episode 3: Urbs in Horto?

    31/05/2019 Duração: 57min

    Released Friday, May 31, 2019 - What's in a name? "Urbs in Horto" or as translated from Latin "City in the Garden" is the motto on the seal of the City of Chicago, which nicely ties together the third interview with historian and retired attorney John Swenson. Swenson presents the final and most amazing piece of early Chicago history revealing the details of this ancient place called Chicagoua and the platform mound two-leagues from the Chicagoua Portage, the area's earliest known civic and cultural center some 40 miles from today's downtown Chicago! We visit the mound, twice, and interview Adler Planetarium Astronomer Mark Hammergren regarding the astronomical significance of the mound, and learn some fascinating insights into Chicago's ancient culture and peoples. This brand-new history and discovery grew out of Swenson's passion for horticulture, history, and etymology. His initial dig into Chicago's origin story and the wild allium the city was named for has grown into an entirely new landscape for

  • Episode 2: The Place Called Chicagoua

    Episode 2: The Place Called Chicagoua

    20/02/2019 Duração: 01h08min

    Listening to the first episode you learned the ground-breaking, new story of Chicago's discovery and who truly was the first European to pass through Chicago.  In this second part of our interview with historian John Swenson, he says, "if you know where the portage is, then Marquette tells you where he was," and that is place the Indians called "Chicagoua."  And this place Chicagoua has nothing to do with the city of today.  Adding the account of Henri Joutel (La Salle's chronicler) he confirms where this place is. The Windy City Historian's interview with retired attorney and historian John Swenson will make Chicago history.    The Father Marquette Map 1673 Links to Research and History Documents In the second Episode - The Place Called Chicagoua we continue our interview with retired lawyer and historian John Swenson about the place the Indians called Chicagoua. Below are links to historic items we discussed and some additional relevant research for those interested in a deeper dive into the histo

  • Episode 1: Who Was First?

    Episode 1: Who Was First?

    04/02/2019 Duração: 01h01min

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