Thank you Supporters of local history. The Historical Society was able to reach its goal and beyond during the #GivingTuesday campaign. We raised $1100! The money raised will be matched. Way to go!
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015 the Historical Society is asking the public to donate to the organization. The Society is hoping to receive $1,000 or more in one day. If the Society reaches its $1,000 goal, then the money will be matched; so, in essence your donation will be doubled, making it possible for the organization to continue planning and organizing quality programs, events and displays.
The Historical Society is partnering with thousands of other non-profit charity groups on this same day in order to promote the growing movement of philanthropy throughout the world. The concept gained steam, and with the help of the United Nations Foundation and other founding partners, more than 10,000 organizations have joined the movement and are providing creative ways people can embrace #GivingTuesday and collaborate in their giving efforts to create more meaningful results.
The Historical Society of Forest Park wants you, the public, to help in its endeavor to continue collecting, preserving and sharing the history of Forest Park. The only way it can do that is if the public is willing and able to support its efforts. We need support via volunteers, members, event participants and donors. Please consider donating to the Historical Society on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. As you are preparing for the Holidays, please remember us and the other local non-profit groups and organizations.
GivingTuesday is a movement, not a donations processor. You can donate directly to the Historical Society today the following ways:
+ using the Pay Pal button below.
+ call us directly at 708-232-3747 and giving your Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
+ visit the museum at 1000 Elgin Ave. from 9:00 am-12:00 pm
+ visit Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore from 11:00 am-7:00 pm and donate via cash or check
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.