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General Information

Name:  Ursula Bielski  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Ursula Bielski grew up on Chicago's north side. She still resides in Chicago today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ursula Bielski is the founder of ''Chicago Hauntings, Inc''. A historian, author, and parapsychology enthusiast, she has been writing and lecturing about Chicago's supernatural folklore and the paranormal for nearly 20 years.Ursula's interests in Chicago ghost hunting began at a young age. She grew up in a haunted house on Chicago's north side and received an early education in Chicago history from her father, a Chicago police officer, who introduced Ursula to the ghosts at Graceland Cemetery, Montrose Point and the old lockup at the storied Maxwell Street Police Station. Since that time she has been involved in countless investigations of haunted sites in and around Chicago; Tennessee; Osh Kosh, Wisconsin; New Orleans; Key West, Florida and the Civil War Battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Ursula has also been featured on numerous television documentaries, including productions by the A&E Network, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, The Travel Channel, and PBS. She also appears regularly on local Chicago television and radio and lectures throughout the year. Along with her books listed below, Ursula is also the author of numerous scholarly articles exploring the links between history and the paranormal, including articles published in the International Journal of Parapsychology. She is a graduate of St. Benedict High School in Chicago and has a Bachelor's degree in history from Benedictine University and an a Master's degree in American cultural and intellectual history from Northeastern Illinois University. Her academic explorations include the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century and its transformation into psychical research and parapsychology, and the relationships among belief, experience, science, and religion.

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Titles At Your Library

Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City
ISBN: 0964242672

Thunder Bay Pr. 1998

Offers a collection of legends, tales, and stories of hauntings in Chicago, Illinois.

Graveyards of Chicago: The People, History, Art, and Lore of Cook County Cemeteries
ISBN: 0964242648

Lake Claremont Press. 1999

Charting the lore and lure of Chicago's ubiquitous burial grounds, this resource unearths the legends and legacies that mark the city's silent citizens—from larger-than-lifers and local heroes to machine mayors and machine-gunners. The book demonstrates that Chicago's cemeteries are home not only to thousands of individuals who fashioned the city's singular culture and character, but also to impressive displays of art and architecture, landscaping and limestone, egoism and ethnic pride. Mysterious questions such as Where is Al Capone buried? and What really lies beneath home plate at Wrigley Field? are answered in this reminder that although physical life must end, personal notes—and notoriety—last forever.

Discover a Chicago That Exists Just Beneath the Surface—About Six Feet Under.

Ever wonder where Al Capone is buried? How about Clarence Darrow? Muddy Waters? Harry Caray? Or maybe Brady Bunch patriarch Robert Reed? And what really lies beneath home plate at Wrigley Field? Graveyards of Chicago answers these and other cryptic questions as it charts the lore and lure of Chicagos ubiquitous burial grounds.

Like the livelier neighborhoods that surround them, Chicagos cemeteries are often crowded, sometimes weary, ever-sophisticated, and full of secrets. They are home not only to thousands of individuals who fashioned the citys singular culture and character,but also to impressive displays of art and architecture, landscaping and limestone, egoism and ethnic pride, and the constant reminder that although physical life must end for us all, personal note—and notoriety—last forever.

Grab a shovel and tag along as Ursula Bielski, local historian and author of Chicago Haunts, and Matt Hucke, photographer and creator of unearth the legends and legacies that mark Chicagos silent citizens—from larger-than-lifers and local heroes, to clerics and comedians, machine mayors and machine-gunners.

This book contains 168 photos.

More Chicago Haunts: Scenes From Myth and Memory
ISBN: 1893121046

Thunder Bay Pr. 2000

Provides a collection of legends and stories of hauntings in Chicago.

Creepy Chicago: A Ghosthunter's Tales of the City's Scariest Sites
ISBN: 1893121151

Thunder Bay Pr. 2003

Offers nineteen true tales of Chicago's most famous ghostly sites, including Horace Greeley Elementary School, Montrose Point, and Graceland Cemetary.

Chicago Haunts 3: Locked up Stories from an October City
ISBN: 1933272155

Thunder Bay Press Michigan. 2009

Ursula Bielski continues her collection of ghastly ghosts in this third volume of Chicago Haunts.



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