Ben King and the Whitechapel Club/Chili Dinner

Published by Morton House Museum

Saturday 26th of October 2019

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Morton House Museum, 501 Territorial, Benton Harbor

2019-10-26 18:00:00 2019-10-26 20:30:00 America/Detroit Ben King and the Whitechapel Club/Chili Dinner Local residents recognize Ben King because of his bronze bust on St. Joe's Lake Front Park and his poems, such as 'The River St. Joe'. But do you know about his connection with Chicago's Whitechapel Club? Join us for our annual chili dinner and talk! Morton House Museum, 501 Territorial, Benton Harbor Morton House Museum

Bob Myers, Director of Education for the Historical Society of Michigan, will be at the Morton House to give his presentation on the darker side of Ben King, local poet.

The 'Whitechapel Club' was a short-lived offshoot of the Chicago Press Club (1889-1894). The clubs name came from London's Whitechapel district, where serial kiler Jack the Ripper had been active.  King was a prominent member of this satirical and macabre club.

The program explores Ben King's upbringing in St. Joseph, his early career as a poet and musician in Chicago, his key role in the Whitechapel Club, and his untimely death at age 37.

A chili dinner, with all the 'fixin's' will  begin at 6 PM with the talk following at 7 PM.

Cost: $10 and includes dinner and the talk.