People escaping the Chicago Fire by fleeing into the cemetery in Lincoln Park, 1871 SPOOKY GRAVEYARD TOUR with HISTORIAN SALLY KALMBACH S66​ - OCTOBER 28, 2020

Please join the Princeton Club of Chicago and historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach S66 for a spooky graveyard excursion through Lincoln Park and hear about how it was once a vast, windswept wasteland that housed a gigantic burial place. Orange and Black attire welcome for this pre-Halloween and almost full moon evening!

Did you know that cemeteries and skeletons played a major role in the history of Chicago? Over the last 100 years, digging in almost any area of the city's original Gold Coast has uncovered unidentified skeletons and remains of the graveyards that used to inhabit the neighborhood. 
Learn about the dramatic efforts made to remove 35,000 bodies from the area's cemeteries to make way for homes and businesses, and explore the location of several thousand bodies from the area's Civil War prison camp. Hear stories of grave-robbing and private investigation swirling around the sites of the original cemeteries. The fantastic tales include the graveyards' involvement in the Chicago Fire and modern-day skeleton discoveries as unwitting home owners find bodies in their backyards!
Participation and questions are encouraged on a trek that will surprise and thrill you as you discover how death, disease, and bones have changed Chicago history.

Tour is outdoors, rain or shine, and limited to 10 guests.  Please bring and wear a mask.  RSVP below!

Benjamin Franklin by Richard Henry Park, 1895

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
4:15 - sunset (approximately 5:45/6:00 pm)
Benjamin Franklin Statue, Lincoln Park
East of Stockton Street across from Chicago History Museum parking lot
(scroll down for map below)
Chicago, IL

Tour will end in front of the Cardinal's home @ 1 E. North Blvd (corner of State Parkway)


Join NOW to receive PCC Member priority reservation, member pricing, and to support Princeton events and service opportunities.  Membership is free for Class of 2020, but you must join!


Click HERE to RSVP - space is limited TO 10 
Specially discounted rates:  $25 for PCC Members, $30 for Non-Members

Questions?  Please contact Co-VP Programs  Charlene Huang Olson '88 at


Sally Sexton Kalmbach S66 is a fourth generation Chicagoan whose family founded a coffee and tea company in the early 1880s at the same time Potter Palmer was developing Chicago's Gold Coast. Sally has taught classes in Chicago history at the Newberry Library, and has given numerous speeches and customized tours for individuals and small groups. Her expertise and ability to present material in an accessible, yet informative manner have resulted in a loyal following. Her topics include: Chicago's Gold Coast; Revisiting the Columbian Exposition of 1893; Mrs. Potter Palmer's Gold Coast; Women and the White City; Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Walking Tour, offered by the Driehaus Museum; and Mrs. James Ward Thorne's Miniature Rooms. 

Sally is a co-founder of the Chicago History Women's Club, a board member of the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, a volunteer docent at the Charnley-Persky House Museum, and an active member of the Blue Dolphins Swim Club.

Sally has written books about two legendary women from Chicago's history.  Mrs. Potter Palmer -  The Jewel of the Gold Coast: Mrs. Potter Palmer’s Chicago and Mrs. James Ward Thorne - Mrs. Thorne’s World of Miniatures.