Celebrate! Our annual membership meeting will take place Oct. 18 for a special dinner at 1 p.m. Catered by Forest Park’s own Starship Subs.
We have a home! The Historical Society of Forest Park made history Sept. 10. The membership of the Historical Society voted enter into a purchase agreement with 1st United Church, 1000 Elgin Ave., to create a partnership for the Forest Park Heritage and History Center. Just as the congregation took a leap of faith in the 1920s to build this church, we are taking a leap of faith in the future of Forest Park to create value for our village through arts and community space. The historical society will help an historic congregation maintain their faith community.
The society is using a special account of restricted funds gifted by the former St. Peter’s Church congregation as down payment for our permanent home. We hope to have a signed agreement in early October. We are already in a rental agreement with Forest Park’s Montessori Creative language school for classroom space. We will also make the space available to rent for cultural and arts events in Forest Park.
Yesterday, the Association For Gravestone Studies, Illinois Chapter held its Fall Conference in Oak Park. The speakers were Diane Grah, Mark Rogovin, Bleue Benton, Andrzej Dajnowski, and John Martine. Afterwards, Mark and Diane led tours at Forest Home Cemetery. It was a great time with a great group of people. So humbled to have spoken on the Historical society's efforts at cataloging and photographing the graves of the Eastland Disaster victims in Forest Park.
The Historical Society of Forest Park has partnered with Concordia Cemetery on an online campaign to raise $8,000 by the end of May, 2015. We are looking to raise $3,000 for special events programs surrounding the Eastland Disaster's 100th Anniversary and $5,000 to create a large memorial to be placed near the front entrance of Concordia Cemetery. The memorial will look like the Eastland and will be created by Concordia Cemetery and will list the victims' names of those buried at Concordia. To help us raise the funds we need, please visit our online site at www.fundly.com/eastland-disaster-100-years-later and donate. You can also send checks to The Historical Society of Forest Park PO Box 311 Forest Park, IL 60130. All donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about our events, please contact the Historical Society at 708-232-3747 or email us at email@example.com.