Big thanks to the Forest Park Library for hosting our first digital donation day. We're exciting to share with the public the items that we gathered.
Editor of "Day the Will Come" Mark Rogovin and HSFP board member Amy Binns-Calvey at July's Haymarket & Radical Row Tour. Tours run the first Saturday of the month at 11am May-October meeting at the Haymarket Monument in Forest Home Cemetery.
Ben and Clarissa Brooks, descendants ot 1850s Proviso pioneers Ferdinand and Wilhelmina Haase came to visit the Historical Society of Forest Park from California! Read board member Jean Lotus article for Cook County Chronical about their visit and tour with the Forest Park Historical Society.
Join the Historical Society of Forest Park for an hour long tour of Haymarket Martyrs Monument & Radical Row Tour. Learn the story of the Haymarket Affair, the monument and those who choose to be buried near this monument to the 8 hour day and those who died for it. $10 donation is requested to be split between HSFP and ILHS
Let us know you're coming! RSVP
The cover Our Rust event was conceived and planned by former Historical Society Board member Sally Cody, Executive Assistant for the Village of Forest Park. Historical Society Board member Maui Jones helped run the entire Cover Our Rust event.
Geoff Binns-Calvey created the stencil for the Historical Society of Forest Park sign. Historical Society Board President Jerry Lordan and VP Augie Aleksy offered technical assistance.
Mary, Sarah and Genevieve Lotus created the design and artwork for the "Spirits of the White Fawn" artwork, which pays homage to the 1940 WPA Forest Park Post Office mural by Miriam McKinnie (Hofmeier).
Thank you to everyone who came out to our reception for our newest exhibit on The Forest Park Amusement Park. Special thanks to Shannan Evanson for all her hard work on the exhibit, Ms. Finn and her 4th and 5th graders from Grant White and Field-Stevenson for their photo booth and amusement park models and John Rice for his presentation.
The exhibit will run until October and is open during regular village hall hours in the lower level.
Old Timey Photo booth
\Join the Forest Park Historical Society for the reception of our first bi-annual exhibition in the lower level of Village Hall.
• Our newest exhibit of photographs, information, and artifacts from the Forest Park Amusement Park
• Amusement park models created by 4th and 5th graders from Grant White and Field-Stevenson
• Old timey Photo Booth
• A presentation by John Rice at 5:30
This event is Free and open to the public, RSVP to let us know you're coming!
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Can't make it to the reception? visit our online exhibit
The Historical Society of Forest Park is very grateful to all the generous contributions from so many people on Giving Tuesday. Our fundraising dollars were matched by Dorothy Gillian, Martin Sorice and Everett Wealth Solutions and we raised $2,500. The tremendous show of kindness and support to our local history is inspiring and we are thrilled to have so many new friends part of the Historical Society of Forest Park. Your membership, commitment and contributions help to boost pride in our hometown.
We study the past to understand the present in order to shape our future. Our vision is to have enough funding to staff growth, preserve and properly display our collection; develop community cultural and artistic program; open a hacker-maker space to support robotics, sewing, cooking, art of all genre, woodworking and so much more.
We would love to raise more friends to help us achieve these goals. If you are interested in helping with your time, talent or treasure we’d love to hear from you. We look forward to the New Year with anticipation of more for and from this amazing community.