The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is the gift of Senator Thomas Rees, publisher of Illinois State Register from 1881 until his death in 1933. While the Rees Carillon is one of the world's largest carillons with 67 bells, more importantly, the quality of the bells coupled with the tower's location in Washington Park distinguish the Rees Carillon as one of the world's finest instruments.
Thomas Rees's love of carillons and carillon music continues to flourish thanks to a vibrant, longstanding partnership between the Springfield Park District and the Rees Carillon Society and The Carillon Belles. Each year, the Rees Carillon Society raises funds for the International Carillon Festival and special educational projects for the Rees Carillon through its special events.
For more information on how you can support the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon directly, visit their website at http://carillon-rees.org/