2018 Preservation Award Nominations Now Being Accepted!

2018 Biennial Preservation Awards The awards, which the Historical Society has been giving since 1996, recognize owners for restoring or preserving their residences while maintaining the architectural and historic integrity of the structure. Houses must be at least 50 years old for two categories and only the building’s exterior is considered. Judges use criteria that have been established by the US Department of the Interior and are recommended by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The … Continue reading

Save The Date for the WSHS 2017 House Walk!

WESTERN SPRINGS, March 22, 2017 — The Western Springs Historical Society’s biennial fundraiser returns to the Chicago suburb Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The day will be a celebration of Western Springs’ rich history and a chance to gather design and architectural inspiration. “We are thrilled with the variety of architectural styles on this year’s Walk,” said Laurel Schumm, Event Co-Chair. “The generosity of our homeowners is much appreciated by … Continue reading

Residents Respond to WSHS Community Wide Survey

In December, 2016 the Historical Society solicited community feedback about the type and quality of services it provides via an on-line survey.  The survey also strove to identify user demographics. A synopsis of the survey results is as follows: 151 people took the survey and the number of responses were evenly split between members and non-members.  Most of the respondents had lived in WS for 10 or more years (71%).  Almost one-half of our members have supported … Continue reading

WSHS 2017 Winter Adult Ed Lecture

Have you ever wondered about your family’s history? Interested in learning more but unsure where to start or what resources are readily available to the amateur genealogist? If so, please join us on Thursday, January 26th 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Siem Room at First Congregational Church for the Historical Society’s winter Adult Ed lecture. A presenter from the Naperville Family History Center will walk us through the basics of how to research your family’s … Continue reading

Planning For The Future

The Western Springs Historical Society is seeking community feedback about the type and quality of services the Society provides. We are gathering input via a short on-line survey so that we can evaluate existing programs and provide future programs that are meaningful. We urge you to make your opinions known by completing this survey before December 1, 2016. Thank you for participating!

WSHS Launches New Temporary Exhibit on Vaughan’s Seed Company

Please join us in the historic Water Tower on Friday, October 7th from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the Western Springs Business Association’s Annual Fall Festival. In addition to our permanent exhibits, you can check out our newest display entitled “Vaughan’s Seed Company: The Art of The Sale”. This exhibit, which features a variety of different artifacts, explores how Vaughan’s used it’s sales and marketing expertise to grow into one of the largest seed companies in the … Continue reading

Fall 2016 Adult Ed Lecture

Do you have old family letters, photos or other documents tucked away in the attic that you don’t know what to do with? Unsure of how to preserve them or, if they are damaged, how to restore them? If yes, please join us in the Seim Room at First Congregational Church of Western Springs on Wednesday, October 5th at 7 p.m. when Russ Maki, President of Graphic Conservation, will talk about paper conservation, particularly as … Continue reading