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Swedenborg’s Influence on Chicago and Glenview History

Swedish scientist, philosopher and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) devoted his life to exploring the relationship between the physical and spiritual worlds. He emphasized the importance of religious tolerance and advocated living a useful life. Swedenborg teachings and writings inspired generations of talented and accomplished Americans including Helen Keller, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

In Chicago, architect Daniel H. Burnham and landscape architect Swain Nelson were among his followers.  The Burnhams and Nelsons were among a group of Chicago families who founded a Swedenborgian community in Glenview in 1893. In this presentation historian Julia Bachrach will illuminate Swedenborg’s impact on Chicago and Glenview in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Des Plaines History Center
781 Pearson St., Des Plaines, IL 60016

Open to the public, suggested donation of $3 per person

Image: Swedenborg Portrait Bust in Lincoln Park.  Photo by Julia Bachrach.