Professor Connolly’s Lecture On Historical Perceptions

Curator’s Comment: We think Professor Connolly is confused. There are no 200-year-old buildings left in Chicago. Still, we feel his truth rises above fact.

William Connolly, professor of stand-up history.

I was walking through Chicago recently when I came across a woman standin’ there on the sidewalk with her hands on the side of a building. I said to her “Ma’am, why are ye holdin’ on to that buildin’…. are ye OK?” She replied to me “This building is over 200 years old!! Can you imagine all the history this building has seen? I’m just tryin’ to absorb some of it!” So I said to her, “I come from a town in Scotland where they still refer to the ‘new bridge’. They’ve been callin’ it that since they built it….. IN THE ELEVENTH CENTURY!

About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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