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Rosehill Cemetery tour with author Adam Selzer (July 29, 11:00am)

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5800 N Ravenswood Ave

5800 North Ravenswood Avenue

Chicago, IL 60660

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Rosehill is full of fascinating heroes, villains, and pure eccentrics - as well as some of the city's most stunning artwork. A few names are known to any Chicago history buff, such as Long John Wentworth (whose massive obelisk would never have been built in a post-Freud world), but many of the best stories are hidden deep behind ordinary headstones, or even in unmarked graves.

Tour guide Adam Selzer (of the Cemetery Mixtape podcast and the Mysterious Chicago blog) is the author of several published books on Chicago history (Including Mysterious Chicago, HH Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil, and Ghosts of Chicago), some of which have been featured in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, the Washington Post, and more. He's a regular on the History and Travel channels, appearing on such shows as American Ripper, Haunted History, Mysteries at the Museum, and many others, and hosts the new Cemetery Mixtape podcast.

His Rosehill cemetery tours are incredibly informative, surprisingly hilarious, and endlessly fascinating. Believing that "a great story is more interesting than a familiar name," his tours usually include tales of a brewer who sparked the biggest sex scandal of 1862, the doctor who solved the murder that inspired the founding of the cemetery, the guy who called The Gettysburg Address "silly flat and dishwatery utterances," John Wilkes Booth's sister-in-law, the hapless police chief who investigated the H.H. Holmes "murder castle," and more, including the famous monuments to Frances Pearce, "Long John" Wentworth, and Lulu Fellows. Drawing on years of deep research, Selzer tells their stories, including information that has only recently been discovered, and shows how their lives interesected with each other and with American history, and encourages you to go ahead and snicker at hilarious names.

The tour runs roughly 75-90 minutes, sticking mainly to the older part of the cemetery on the Eastern side. Much of the tour sticks to paved portions, but it requires a great deal of "off road" walking to get to some of the featured graves. There is limited parking available right inside the gates, or plenty of street parking nearby. Tour runs rain or shine. The cemetery has a "no dogs or bikes" sign that we can't overrule.

Listen to a few episodes of Adam's podcast at cemeterymixtape.com to get a feel for what sort of stories he tells!

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