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

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

Western Springs’ Connection to the Butterball Hotline by John Devona

In 1981, the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line was born. And, who better to head it up than a woman from Western Springs. In 1981, Swift & Company, which owned the Butterball turkey brand, decided to experiment with a toll-free “Turkey Talk-Line” to help their customers with cooking and preparation questions. Eleven thousand people called the first year. In recent years the number has grown to over 200,000 calls. So, who answered those first calls, you ask? Well, six people … Continue reading

What’s in a Name? by John Devona

Shakespeare wrote that ” … a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. But, what about Western Springs? Back in the 1870’s, before it was actually a town, Western Springs was just a small collection of homes known as “East Hinsdale”. However, an enterprising land developer coined the name “Western Springs”. This was derived from the popular mineral springs that were located in what is now Spring Rock Park, just a little southwest … Continue reading