Western Springs goes back in time for one day at the Western Springs Historical Society’s MayFest

The Western Springs Historical Society (WSHS), presented an afternoon of old-fashioned family fun during MayFest, a new biennial event designed to raise awareness of the Society and its Preservation Awards. The event took place Sunday, May 4 at the Tower Green.

The afternoon featured traditional carnival games, old-fashioned entertainment, food and crafts. Carnival games included nostalgic favorites like the milk can toss, bucket drop and a scavenger hunt with a raffle prize. Entertainment featured a juggler, unicyclists, Maypole dancers, and the Western Springs-based Allegro fiddle and dance ensemble. Food included lemonade, popcorn, cotton candy and an old-fashioned candy table. Craft tables offered boys and girls the opportunity to create crafts from another time, like May baskets, crowns and pennants. Children, preschool through grade 4th grade, participated in a coloring contest.

Community businesses chipped in to support the event and include: Event Sponsor: Realty Executives. Activity Sponsors: Core Pilates, Elements Massage, First Congregational Preschool, Dr. Phillip Girgis D.D.S., j2 Santi Builders, Village Veterinary Practice and the Western Springs Garden Club.

 

Historic Home Ownership: Challenges and Rewards presented by Charlie Pipal, AIA, Thursday, April 17th @ 7 pm, Thomas Ford Library (lower level)

Thanks to all who attended this informative program. Here are some photos from that evening:

Ownership of an older home poses interesting challenges.  Design flexibility, outdated mechanical systems, electrical and plumbing issues, lack of insulation and leaky windows are just a few of the many problems confronted by owners of older homes.  Join architect Charles Pipal as he discusses specific issues and solutions to historic home stewardship.

Charles Pipal, AIA is a practicing architect and professor in the Historic Preservation Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a concentration in historic preservation.  He is a past director of Landmarks Illinois, where he served as chair of the Fund and Easement Committee and currently serves as the Chair of the Riverside Preservation Commission and Vice President of the Pleasant Home Foundation.  Professor Pipal’s particular professional and academic focus has been on the physical documentation and rehabilitation of historic resources.

The Western Springs Historical Society (WSHS) presented “The Evolution of Education in Western Springs” Wed. Feb. 26, 2014

Vicki's school presentation

WSHS president, Vicki Lezon, shared research findings on the history of schools in Western Springs dating back to 1874, in a humorous and enlightening presentation at a free lecture Wednesday, February 26 at 7pm in the McClure Junior High Library. Participants heard how education in Western Springs has changed over the past 140 years and how it has stayed the same.

 

 

 

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!

Allyson Zak

Allyson Zak