Facing the challenge of opportunity in Chicago back in May of 1864 were two young Bostonians, George W. Lyon and Patrick J. Healy.
They looked despairingly down Clark Street, a sea of mud from the spring rains. Stilt-like steps led from the mud to rickety wooden buildings. “Let’s go back to Boston,” signed Lyon, the elder of the two men, “At least we won’t break our necks.” Healy, then only 24, steadied himself on the stairs and looked about him. “No,” he retorted, “I’ll never go back.”
Founded in Chicago in 1864, Lyon & Healy made their first harp in 1889. The company is now renowned for its classical harps around the world.
While celebrating its 150th birthday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclamed June 4, 2014 to be Lyon & Healy Harps Day in Chicago, “in recognition of Lyon & Healy Harps’ enduring impact upon the city’s collective culture.”
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