Bridgeport Book Available For Christmas Gifts at First Trinity Holidazzle on Dec. 8th!

Bridgeport Book Makes a Great Christmas Present!

A Great Christmas Present!

We will be at the First Trinity Holidazzle event on Saturday, December 8th from 9 am-2 pm, selling our book.  This is a great opportunity to buy your loved ones a piece of Bridgeport!   The authors will be on site to autograph your books and personalize them to that someone special on your Christmas list!

Books are $24, including tax.  Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.  See you there!

If you can’t make it to this event, remember we do have books available at Jackalope Coffee & Tea House at 753 W. 32nd St. or via our website: www.bridgeportchicagobook.com

Contact: Maureen@bridgeportchicagobook.com or 773-719-6655

Authors Signing at the Irish American Heritage Center’s iBAM!, October 13th and 14th.

Irish in Chicago stickeriBAM! 2012: October 12, 13 & 14, “A Journey towards Understanding through the Arts” an annual festival at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago.  This year the festivities will be held in honor of Derry, City of Culture 2013.

We will be meeting attendees and presenters, signing our books and exhibiting vintage photos this year, in honor the Irish immigrants who were responsible for Bridgeport’s rapid residential and industrial development.

As early as 1833, thousands of Irish immigrants, who had just built the Erie Canal, moved to Bridgeport to work on the recently approved 96 mile I & M Canal.  These Irish lived and worked hard to build Bridgeport and Chicago.

These immigrants did not have an easy life,but slowly things did get better for them and their children. Because of their strong will, within one hundred years, the first of four Chicago mayors, of Irish heritage and Bridgeport born would take office.  Edward J. Kelly, Bridgeport born and raised, was the Mayor from 1933-1947. Mayor Kelly watched over  Chicago through the Great Depression and WWII. Some would argue that Mayor Kelly saved the world, because he was highly instrumental in the re-election of FDR.

After Mayor Kelly left office in 1947, Martin Kennelly also Bridgeport born was Mayor from 1947 until Richard J. Daley became mayor in 1955.  RJD. was Chicago’s mayor until his death in 1976.  His son, Richard M. Daley was Chicago’s mayor from 1989-2011, exactly one  year longer than his father. This meant that Chicago had a mayor named Daley for 43 years.

Because of all of this and much more, we feel that it is important for our Bridgeport book to be shared with Chicago Irish and those traveling in for the festival from all over the world.   The Irish have a lot to be proud of and the development of Chicago is at the top of that list!

Filbert’s Pop Tasting At Our Launch Party

 

Some Filbert's Pop Flavors

26 Flavors, Made In Bridgeport!

Filbert’s has been serving Chicagoland from the Bridgeport community for 85 years.  They are known for their famous root beer, but did you realize that Filbert’s makes 26 flavors of pop?

The lucky people who attend our launch party will be able to sample many of the Filbert’s flavors.  Come out to taste a freshly bottled pop and support one of Bridgeport’s own.  Of course, you will find pictures of the Filbert’s family operation in our book, too.

Bridgeport’s, The Hardscrabbler published a great piece about Filbert’s last year, check it out here.

Check out this video of the production and bottling operation at their factory

Video: Maureen, Dan And Joanne On WGN-TV

Check out the video clip from today’s August 23rd 2012 WGN-TV appearance of the three authors of Images Of America: Bridgeport.  Maureen F. Sullivan, Dan Pogorzelski and Joanne Gazarek Bloom dropped by the studio for WGN’s Midday News to talk about the neighborhood, the book project and history and culture of Bridgeport.

While supplies last, order your autographed copy of the book now – click here!

Thanks to Facebook pal Dan Sullivan for submitting the link to the WGN video.

Bridgeport Book Authors Appearing On WGN-TV Tomorrow

WGN-TV logo

Logo of Chicago’s WGN-TV

The authors of Images of America:  Bridgeport  will be appearing on the Ch 9/WGN Midday News tomorrow.

Tune-in shortly after 11 am tomorrow to see Maureen, JoAnne and Dan discuss the writing of their book and the history of the oldest residential neighborhood in Chicago.  They will also share some facts that they uncovered while doing their research that may surprise you.

Watch this blog for a clip of their appearance when it’s available.

Maureen On WBEZ This Morning – Listen Online Here

WBEZ website showing the show Maureen F. Sullivan appeared on

WBEZ Website

Maureen F. Sullivan, author of Images Of America: Bridgeport appeared this morning on WBEZ radio with Richard Steele on the Eight Forty Eight program to talk about the neighborhood, the book, history and change.  We heard back from lots of friends while it was on, but if you missed it, here’s a link where you can listen.