Festival of Trees
As part of our holiday celebrations, the Historical Society will be participating in the Western Springs Business Association’s annual Christmas Walk and have invited LT’s Junior Madrigal Choir to perform at the Historic Water Tower from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th. I hope you will stop by to hear these talented young performers and to pick up a treat while you are there.
Recent Past Survey Presentation December 11, 2013
We’d also like to invite you to attend an upcoming presentation at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11th at the La Grange Park Public Library. At that time, students of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation will talk about their survey of architecturally significant, non-residential buildings in suburban Cook County…..including our own Historic Water Tower! We hope you will join us to learn more about our Village’s best known landmark. Communities represented include Western Springs, Indian Head Park, Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Willow Springs, McCook, Summit, Hodgkins, Countryside, La Grange, and La Grange Highlands.
Past Western Springs Historical Society President Allyson Zak Honored
On October 8th, current Historical Society President, Vicki Lezon, along with the board, presented past President and current board member Allyson Zak with a memorial brick to commemorate her four years of excellent service to the Historical Society as President. The brick will join other commemorative bricks in front of the Ekdahl House. Thank you, Allyson!
Ione Quinby Program
The October 2nd program, “On the Front Page in the ‘Jazz Age’: Ione Quinby, Girl Reporter,” held at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library proved to be a fascinating evening. Speakers Genevieve McBride and Stephen Byers, professors at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Marquette University respectively, discussed their recently published book on Ms. Quinby, a Western Springs resident and one of the first female journalist at the Chicago Evening Post during the 1920′s. Click here to access the eBook.
2013 House Walk
We had a beautiful day for the 2013 House Walk. Click here to view our photo gallery. A big thank you to the wonderful home owners, sponsors, docents, volunteers, and to everyone who came out to see the amazing homes and to support the Western Springs Historical Society. Your generosity will enable us to continue to preserve and make accessible our shared local history. Hope to see you at the next House Walk in 2015!
2012 Preservation Award Winners
Three homes were chosen to receive the 2012 Preservation Awards. Click here to read our press release.
Click here to see an historic timeline with photographs of Western Springs, covering the years 1770 to 2011