The Chicago Manx Society is the second oldest local society in North America. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 brought devastation to the City of Chicago, but brought opportunities for skilled tradesmen to rebuild the city. There was a wave of Manx immigration following the Chicago Fire, bringing to Chicago those skilled in the crafts and building trades. The need to help those new immigrants find housing, jobs, and social activities were the impetus for the founding of the Chicago Manx Society in 1873. As we near our sesquicentennial in 2023, the Chicago Manx are pleased to welcome both old and new members to our meetings.
Chicago remains the Crossroads of the Nation, uniting East and West, North and South. It was those crossroads that brought our ancestors here. The Isle of Man stands at a crossroads today, changing from an agricultural and tourist trade economy to a modern financial and service industrial economy, leading the world in certain high tech sectors. The N.A.M.A. stands at a crossroads in its existence. Renewing and preserving our ancestral heritage requires that we teach our children and grandchildren that our unique Manx heritage is to be celebrated. The Chicago Manx Society is at a crossroads, as we reach out to new members to continue to celebrate the heritage that our forebearers gave us. Come and join the Chicago Manx, to both renew old acquaintances and make new ones.
Feel free to reach out to me for more information. Send me your email address and I will make sure that you are on our mailing list.
Bradley E. Prendergast
Treasurer, Chicago Manx Society
2108 W. Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659
Office: (773) 761-9900 Mobile: (312) 919-0700