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2016 Cubs History Tree Press Release

Dec 5, 2016 | By: Drew
Tags: chicago cubs, Press Release, Cubs History Tree, 2016 World Series

Chicago Based Start-up Commemorates the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs with Unique Mixed Media Design CHICAGO (December 5, 2016) – History Trees, a Chicago based digital art company, that creates graphic designs known as history trees for sports teams and other areas of interest. With the Chicago Cubs bringing the Commissioners Trophy back to Chicago, History Trees is helping fans celebrate with a one of a kind design and a chance to meet the artist.

“I can’t wait to History Trees launch the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs Tree." says Pat Chinander, owner of Love From Chicago, Accent Chicago and other Chicagoland gift, sports and specialty retailer doing business with History Trees since a Summer 2010 Trade Show at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.

A History Tree is a completely original piece of art that captures an entire history on one page.  The viewer can think of it as a one-page encyclopedia of a particular topic. The content of each History Tree is uniquely arranged in chronological order and sized by significance. By combining names, images, and sketches, a History Tree is a dramatic piece of artwork that is the ideal conversation piece.

“History Trees provide history enthusiast with an opportunity to turn history into pieces of art that make great conversation starters,” says artist Bruce Burton. “I’m honored to provide my passion for art to provide information to celebrate the history of monumental times.”

Randy Hundley Cubs Fantasy Camp

Apr 4, 2016 | By: Drew
Tags: chicago cubs, baseball, chicago, MLB, Cubs

With the upcoming Cubs and White Sox seasons approaching we wanted to take a second to show you the Cubs History Tree we recieved from the Cubs Baseball Fantasy Camp in Mesa, Arizona.

We were honored to be the official gift of the event for all return campers, this tree was signed by all the Cubs legends in attendance including:

Glenn Beckert, Jose Cardenal, Ron Coomer, Bobby Dernier, Bobby Howry, Todd Hundley, Randy Hundley, Fergie Jenkins, Pete La Cock, Jon Lieber, Ed Lynch, Gary Matthews, Rick Reuschel, Ryne Sandberg, Tim Stoddard, Lee Smith, Willie Wilson & Kerry Wood!

Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities 46th Annual Golf Outing

Jul 2, 2015 | By: Drew
Tags: charity, white-sox, CBCC, events, Outreach

Participating in our All-Star Charitable Golf Outing not only helps support cancer research at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. History Trees worked with this great organization and we are happy to say that we successfully raised a lot of funding for them during the 46th annual event!

The Golden State Warriors' Family Tree: Visualizing franchise history

Mar 6, 2015 | By: Drew
Tags: Basketball, Golden State, Warriors, History, Basketball History Trees

Burton History Trees is in the process of putting together a series of "family trees" for each NBA team and has shared a preview of their tree for the Golden State Warriors.

You've probably never seen a family tree such as this.

A Burton History Tree is a one of a kind piece of art. The tree tells a story and history unfolds before your eyes. The concept is unprecedented, and it is an essential piece of memorabilia for the music lover's art collection.

Everything you may have ever wanted to know about your favorite musical genre is pieced together due to Burton's critical thought, labor, patience and love for music.

A Burton History Tree is like an art history course for rockers and sports fanatics!

What are Burton History Trees?

Burton History Trees bring to life the history of your favorite sports team or musical era. The content of each tree in uniquely arranged in chronological order and sized by significance.

Thus, the story is told, from the beginning to end, without turning pages.

By combining names, images and sketches, Burton creates a one of a kind piece of art that is the ideal conversation piece.

A Burton History Tree is the perfect gift for any sports or music enthusiast.

Description of Music Trees

Burton's work combines thousands of words with images to graphically depict specific subjects of music. Currently, there are 8 available Burton History Music Trees. The collection includes: 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, Blues, American Rock, Heavy Metal, and British Rock.

Though it is assumed that their musical legacies contributed to the era that evolved, Burton's creation forces the viewer to make their own judgment as to what truly inspired the foundation of the decade.

Viewing The Trees:

There are several elements of a Burton Music Tree.

Roots: Critical cultural events (social, political) that defined the era. These were the building blocks of the decade that drove the musical agenda.

Trunk: The most essential artists of the era. These individuals formed the sound that would influence the other major musicians and sounds of that decade.

Tree: All of the prominent musicians (artists and bands) of the decade. The size of the font of the artist/band suggests the level of prominence held (and contribution made) throughout the decade.

  • 1960's

  • 1970's

  • Blues

  • Heavy Metal

Our Vision

We believe Burton History Trees is just scratching the surface. Through conversations with current customers, art connoisseurs, entrepreneurs, and various music, sports, marketing and media professionals, we've grown to understand that the passion and interest in Bruce Burton's concept is vast. Burton History Trees invoke a lot of memories and emotions because of the uniqueness and obscurity of the concept, and the potential for a tree of any kind is very real. Our team would like to expand the Burton History Trees concepts into other sports and genres because everyone is a passionate fan of something!

And, in order to achieve our vision, we need to hear from you! If you have an idea for us, please let us know here by clicking here. Let us know what type of Burton History Tree you'd like to see. What are you a big fan of: your college, company, band, hometown, organization, etc. We are open to all suggestions and recommendations!

Our Story

We are a team of Chicagoans with diverse backgrounds, interests and professions with one thing in common; a  fascination with the Burton History Tree.  At all different points in our lives we were individually exposed to Bruce Burton's art.  Based on our collective obsession of Sports and Music, we all felt compelled to help make Burton History Trees a successful venture by introducing this to a mass audience of like-minded fans.

Eric Fine, the Founder and leader of this team, has an entrepreneurial zest and insatiable passion for Bruce Burton as an artist. Eric first met Bruce in the early 1990's when Bruce was his high school swim coach. At the time, Eric did not know that Bruce was a talented artist. However, Eric realized that he had been exposed to Burton's History Trees years earlier at the restaurant formerly known as Bones in Lincolnwood, Illinois. Long story short, after Bruce and Eric developed a strong friendship spanning fifteen years, in 2007 Eric felt compelled to partner with Bruce and began to market and expose the public to Bruce's talents.

Fast forward to 2011 2013!  The team has grown and this website is new even newer!  We have a fresh look, a brand new mission, and the right team in place.  Hopefully, you will be as intrigued with the Burton History Tree as we are, and you'll purchase one for yourself, a friend or family member.  The Burton History Tree is the perfect gift for any Sports and Music enthusiast because there is really nothing else out there like it.


The Team:

Bruce Burton

Bruce Burton was born in Waukegan and raised in Evanston, Illinois. From as early has he could remember, he was passionately drawn to the events behind, and history and chronology of sports and musical genres.  After graduating from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a degree in Fine Arts, Bruce began to mentor high school students and swimmers throughout Chicago's North Shore, namely at Loyola, Stevenson, Evanston and New Trier High Schools.  Bruce has a true gift for developing of young athletes.  Bruce also found his other gift in drawing, as he developed his first Burton History Tree of British Rock in 1979.  Combining his graphic design skills, obsession with history, and love for sports and music, he realized he could tell the story of how a sports team or musical genre came to life and eventually blossomed. Since then, Bruce has created dozens of History Trees specific to musical and sports subjects.  In his free time, Bruce can be found in southern Illinois where he vacations regularly. 

Drew Wasserman

Drew is the digital force behind Burton History Tress.  He has a Bachelor's from Illinois in Communication, and a Bachelor from the Illinois Institute of Art in Interactive Media and Web Design.  Drew is a Graphic Artist, and Burton apprentice, focused on transforming Burton's production onto the computer, as well as developing and maintaining the Burton History Trees Website.
In early 2007, Drew originally saw value in the art and its long-term opportunity.  Since then, he has been working side-by-side with Bruce and observing his approach and philosophy. Now after almost 4 years, Drew has developed a new set Burton History trees, utilizing the original and authentic Burton History Tree style and concept and transferring into the digital realm. Drew is also a contributer to Chicago Now, his blog, Chicago History Looks is an extension of the Burton History Trees style.

Eric Fine

Eric grew up in Glenview, Illinois. He attended New Trier High School, where he swam competively under Bruce's instruction.  Eric's earliest working days started at Chalet, a local nursery priding itself on superior products.  Ever since, he's emphatically pursued a career in customer service, focused mainly in the culinary industry.  Putting his University of Illinois (Urbana Champaign) Hospitality Management studies to good use, he worked for Ben Pao and Wildfire Restaurants (Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises) during college.  Upon graduation Eric joined Charlie Trotter's, the world-renowned restaurant in Chicago's Lincoln Park and was responsible for management and operations.  To further expand his management skillset, Eric then became the Director of Customer Experience at Chicagoland Beverage Company (a foodservice distributor of fine teas and coffees). Most recently, he joined Green Planet™, a family-owned, environmentally friendly, bottled water startup.

Once described as a serial entrepreneur, Eric approached Bruce in 2007 in the hopes of elevating his art and exposing it to the masses.  His infectious personality, along with a genuine enthusiasm for Bruce's art, fuels the energy by which Burton History Trees is now setup for success. 

Our New History Trees

  • City
  • Chicago
Chicago History Tree
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  • Decade
  • Music
2000s Music History Tree

The 2000’s Music Tree is the newest edition of the 5 decade spanning series.

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  • Sports
  • Baseball
Cubs 2016 World Series

The Cubs have been a staple of North Side Chicago sports culture for over 130 years.

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Featured History Trees

2000s Music History Tree

The 2000’s Music Tree is the newest edition of the 5 decade spanning series. This 24" x 28" Lithograph Poster typographically gives a historical introspection on everything in Music from 2000-2009.

Cubs 2016 World Series

The Cubs have been a staple of North Side Chicago sports culture for over 130 years. 2016 was one of the most amazing years for Cubs fans, so we have updated This History Tree of the Chicago Cubs to commemorate the historic World Series win!