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“Bells across the Land” Commemorated the End of the Civil War

Bells Commemorated 150th Anniversary of Appomattox

Naperville’s Millennium Carillon, along with other carillons across the nation, tolled a single bell on Thursday, April 9 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. 

The bells rang first at Appomattox  where Confederate General Lee surrendered in the McLean House at Appomattox Court House. Lee’s surrender is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of the Civil War.

Following the bell toll, Naperville City Carillonneur Tim Sleep started a concert of Civil War music for an audience that included a man dressed in the blue uniform of a Union soldier. Unfortunately, the concert was cut short when the lightning alarm sounded due to stormy weather in the area. 

The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and the Visitor Center will open for the 2015 season on Sat., May 2. Visitors can climb the 253 steps to the top of the 160-foot tower and enjoy a spectacular view while learning about the workings of the Carillon, its history, and its unique features.

Hours of operation are from 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays, with Friday hours (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) beginning May 22 and continuing through August 14.

The Carillon summer recital series begins Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. featuring carillonneurs from the Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Australia, Canada and the United States.

Several Improvements Slated for Riverwalk, Moser Tower in Coming Years

Moser Tower Assessment Plan to Provide Framework for Maintaining this Community Asset


Several capital improvements to the Riverwalk, known as Naperville's "crown jewel," and surrounding amenities are planned for the next few years. Included is an assessment of the Moser Tower, which is the structure that houses the Millennium Carillon; a new elevator in Moser Tower; and a cost-sharing project to build a retaining wall on the west side of the DuPage River at 702 S. Washington St.

 

"All of these projects, in their own way, lay the groundwork for maintaining the Riverwalk and related assets for generations to come," Riverwalk Commission Chairman Bill Epp said. "Especially when it relates to Moser Tower, by taking an in-depth look at the current state of the 15-year-old structure, we can better plan for what needs to be done in the future and budget appropriately and wisely to meet those needs, which better serves our taxpayers in the long term."

 

In 2014 the Millennium Carillon Foundation transferred the responsibility for programming and maintenance of the Millennium Carillon and Moser Tower to the Naperville Park District and the City of Naperville, specifically the Riverwalk Commission. In 2011, the Riverwalk Commission produced an asset management plan that inventoried all of the assets on the Riverwalk and developed a plan to maintain these assets over time. Building on the success of this document, and in recognizing that asset management planning is an integral part of maintaining capital infrastructure, the Riverwalk Commission asked the City Council at its recent Capital Improvement Program (CIP) workshop to support an assessment of Moser Tower.

 

"The timing for this assessment is excellent," Epp said. "We are at a critical juncture to evaluate the tower now so we can plan for its maintenance and be proactive in our budgeting, versus reactive. This is also helpful as we plan to install a new elevator in the tower within the next year, and knowing the condition of the tower beforehand will allow us to make the right decisions regarding the replacement."

 

The Moser Tower Asset Management Plan will be a sister document to the Riverwalk Asset Management Plan and provide a timeline for proper maintenance of this unique outdoor structure. The assessment may take place as early as this spring. While the assessment is being conducted, residents and visitors may notice cranes and other equipment around the tower, as well as individuals on, in and around the tower evaluating the structure.

 

In regards to the retaining wall at 702 S. Washington St., the City is participating in a cost-sharing program with the developer of that property to construct the wall. This is an essential addition that is needed to accommodate the future Riverwalk south expansion project. Although a timeline for the extension of the Riverwalk from Hillside Road south to Martin Avenue has not been identified, this is an opportunity to share the cost of an amenity that otherwise could have been necessary for the City to fully budget.

 

For more information on the Riverwalk, visit www.napervilleriverwalk.com or contact Riverwalk Administrator Jan Erickson at ericksonj@naperville.il.us or (630) 305-5984. For more information on the City of Naperville, visit www.naperville.il.us.

The Carillon Lights Up the Night
Date Color Occasion
Apr. 14-27 Green Earth Day/Week
Apr. 28-Jun. 30 White Normal Tower Lighting
Jul. 1-6 Red/White/Blue Independence Day
Jul. 7-Oct. 26 White Normal Tower Lighting
Sept. 8-14 Yellow Honoring Children Battling Cancer
Sept. 15-21 Orange Hunger Action Month - Hunger Awareness
Oct. 27-Nov. 2 Orange Halloween
Nov. 3-11 Red/White/Blue Veterans Day
Nov. 12-16 White Normal Tower Lighting
Dec. 17-Dec. 22 Blue Hanukkah
Dec. 23-Jan. 2 Red/Green Christmas

 

Naperville’s Millennium Carillon celebrates community holidays and honors local events by lighting up Moser Tower in colors such as red, white and blue lighting for Independence Day and Veterans Day.

Units of local government, school districts and colleges, not-for-profit corporations and public agencies are that are interested in proposing the display of certain colors to promote, celebrate, or commemorate non-profit or non-commercial community activities or events should contact the Park District at 630-848-5000.

Tower Opens for 2015 Season

The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and the Visitor Center open for the 2015 season on Saturday., May 2. Visitors can climb the 253 steps to the top of the 160-foot tower and enjoy a spectacular view while learning about the workings of the Carillon, its history and its unique features.

Hours of operation are from 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays, with Friday hours (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) beginning May 22 and continuing through August 14.

Group Visits, Bridal Parties
Call the Naperville Park District for special requests: (630) 848-5000
Bell Recitals

The Carillon summer recital series begins Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. featuring carillonneurs from the Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Australia, Canada and the United States.

In addition to the Tuesday evening summer series, weekly recitals by local carillonneurs will take place on Saturdays at noon April-December.  Weekly Carillon concerts will be held on Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. June-August and on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. during the month of April, at 4:00 p.m. May-September and at 3:00 p.m. October-December.

We welcome you to bring blankets and chairs to relax and listen to our world-class musicians.

The Third Gift
Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon was begun in 1998 as a labor of love by a small group of Naperville families, and in a short time the vision spread to many, who donated the funds to make the vision a reality.
In the tradition of Centennial Beach and the Riverwalk, the Millennium Carillon is a gift from the people of our community for all future generations to enjoy.
Those who donated funds to make our carillon possible also left messages about themselves, their life in Naperville, and their support of the carillon project. You can read their messages in this cyberspace time capsule. A special section of the web site displays the lists of donors. You can read the messages of those that left messages by clicking on any names that are blue and underlined.