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CJE Community Days

Cinematic Canines and Circus Stars in Chicagoland Cemeteries

Delve into the intersection of film history, animal performers, and cemetery lore

Cinematic Canines and Circus Stars in Chicagoland Cemeteries
Cinematic Canines and Circus Stars in Chicagoland Cemeteries

Time and Location

Apr 09, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT

CJE Community Days

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Cinematic Canines and Circus Stars in Chicagoland Cemeteries is an immersive virtual walking tour that explores the fascinating intersection of film history, animal performers, and the ethereal world of cemetery lore.

In the first half of this program, you'll be transported to Illinois' oldest pet cemetery. Here, amidst the tranquil setting, we'll uncover the tales of the first onscreen dogs. As we stroll, we'll discuss the concept "cinema of attractions" and ponder Hollywood's gradual recognition of the need for animal protection and the slow evolution of ethical standards in the entertainment industry.

In the second half of Cinematic Canines and Circus Stars in Chicagoland Cemeteries, our exploration leads you to another cemetery, this one including 750 plots exclusively reserved for circus and sideshow performers. Amidst the headstones and monuments, we'll discover the enduring connections between this unique locale and the world of film and television. Finally, we'll also confront shadows of the past, exploring the haunted history that shrouds this eerie enclave.

Join us on this journey through Chicagoland's cemeteries, where cinematic canines and circus stars find their eternal rest, leaving behind a legacy that transcends both time and space.

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