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

Vaughan’s Seed Company & The History of Horticulture in Chicago

The third and final lecture in the 2015/2016 Adult Ed series will be held on Thursday, May 19th at 7 pm in First Congregational Church’s Siem Room in the Christian Education Building. The subject for this spring’s talk is local powerhouse Vaughan’s Seed Company and their impact on the history of horticulture in the Chicagoland area. Come out and learn about the role that this international company, which once called Western Springs home, played in setting … Continue reading

Upcoming Adult Ed Lecture on Saturday, January 30th at 2 pm

Have you ever wondered how Western Springs came to be? How the village’s boundaries have changed over time and different neighborhoods got their names? How about the history of a specific house you’ve always admired?  If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you will want to join us on Saturday, January 30th for our upcoming lecture on the development of Western Springs’ various neighborhoods. The talk, which will be held on … Continue reading