Loyola University Chicago

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Maeve Kiley
Director of Communications

Loyola University Chicago Honors Chicago’s Nurse Parade


Chicago’s Nurse Parade, by Carolyn Hope Smeltzer with Frances R. Vlasses and Connie R. Robinson, chronicles the historical parade of nurses who marched for a decade from 1949 to 1958. The authors, a combination of Loyola alumna, student now alumna and a current Loyola faculty member, are nurses committed to uncovering the silent, often hidden stories of nurses. Here, they expose the “best-kept forgotten nurse story.”

Published by Arcadia Publishing, the vintage images and informative captions of the book give readers a visual perspective of the parade and show how the Nurses Day Parade was the best kept secret of nursing history. Readers will learn that:

-During the last parade over 4,000 nurses march, 100 floats rode, 30 marching bands played and 100,000 spectators cheered.

-The church, media, merchants, government, hospitals, schools of nursing and community united to celebrate, honor and recognize nurses.

-The parade was referred to as the “Largest Shortest Parade.” Father Bissette did not want nurses to tire in the parade as they put many miles on while working and walking in the long halls of hospitals.

-The late Mayor Richard J. Daley always supported the parade and many times was Grand Marshal.

-The current Mayor Daley wrote the foreword for the book.

-The book highlights the vibrant west side of Chicago and of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in the 1950’s.

-Nurses who marched in the parade are now in their seventies and will share their history of nursing by oral conversation and memorabilia.

March 15, 2005 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm


Loyola University Chicago
25 East Pearson, Reading Room – 10th Floor
Chicago, Illinois
About Loyola University Chicago

Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.




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