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

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

Winter Adult Ed Lecture:  Capturing the Past to Gift the Future

History is more than just a litany of facts and figures….it is the story of those who have come before. We all have stories that help bring the past alive and those memories of people, places and occasions in our lives are among the most precious gifts we can share with others. Even if you are not inspired to write for the generations ahead, it’s just plain fun to recall and write about some of … Continue reading

Learn about the History of Local Churches at our October 26, 2014 Adult Lecture

Have you ever wondered about all the different churches in town? Interested in learning more about their history and the role they have played in Western Springs’ development? If so, please join us on Sunday, October 26th at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church, 1106 Chestnut Avenue for the Historical Society’s first Adult Ed lecture of the 2014/15 program year. The presentation, which is free to the public, will be given by … Continue reading

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

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. … Continue reading