The WSHS invites you to show support of the Ekdahl Project through our Buy-A-Brick program. The bricks are available in 4”x 8” or 8”x 8” sizes and cost $100 and $200 respectively. Each brick purchased will be engraved with your family name(s) or a short statement of your choice and will become part of the walkway to the house. The bricks can make a memorable Mother/Father’s Day gift, provide a remembrance of a family member, or act as a permanent thank you to a dear friend. All of the proceeds will go toward the building’s preservation.
Please download our order form here.
Western Springs Flags
Flags are available for $25 from Village True Value, the Grand Avenue Archives and the Historic Water Tower Museum. Flags are great for decorating homes, dorm rooms or for second homes and boats.
Wooden blocks hand silk-screened with the village’s postal code, these accent pieces make a great “welcome to the neighborhood” gift or a gentle reminder of home for college bound kids. Blocks come wrapped in a cellophane bag tied with ribbon and are ready for giving. $15 each. Available at Clever Girl, the historic Water Tower and the Grand Avenue Archives.
Decoupage “60558” Bird Houses
These hand decorated wooden bird houses are the perfect hostess gift, teacher’s gift or stocking stuffer for those who love to bird watch or are just looking for a pretty home accent. The Historical Society has a wide selection of sizes and colors yet no two are the same. Please contact the Society to see the full selection. $10 each.
Note Cards by Peggy Taylor
Local artist and long time WSHS supporter Peggy Taylor has created a series of watercolors highlighting various Western Springs landmarks which we have reproduced on these lovely note cards. The set of 8 cards, each with a different image, is a perennial favorite with residents and visitors alike. One of our best sellers, they make a lovely hostess gift and are perfect for sending notes to friends/family. Cards are priced at $10/set and are available at Village True Value, the Water Tower Museum, and the Grand Avenue Archives.
Memo Note Pads:
Custom printed for the Historical Society, these handy note pads come in a set of two, each with a different design. One features a watermark of the historic Water Tower while the other is lined with “60558” across the top. A set of two pads (one of each design) is $7 or you can purchase two sets for $10. Available at Clever Girl, the historic Water Tower, and the Grand Avenue Archives.
Vintage Western Springs Postcard
These vintage postcards of downtown Western Springs feature the historic Water Tower and shops on the north side of the tracks, as portrayed by famed artist Charles Vickery. Perfect for framing or sending a note to far away friends, these cards are a bargain at just $0.25 each. Available at the Grand Avenue Archives and the Water Tower Museum. Quantities are limited.
Western Springs 19th Century Houses and Their Owners
First published by the Historical Society in 1978, this book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the town’s early development. Covering homes built prior to 1900, the book features black and white photographs and write-ups on each structure. Books may be purchased at the Grand Avenue Archives or the Water Tower Museum for $20 each. Quantities are limited.
Images of America – Western Springs, Illinois by Betsy J. Green
Published in 2002 as part of a series on American cities and towns, this excellent book documents the history of the village from 1835 thru the start of the 21st century using black and white photos culled from the Historical Society’s collections. Books may be purchased for $20 at the Grand Avenue Archives or the Water Tower Museum.
Western Springs – A Centennial History of the Village
The WSHS published this historical retrospective in 1986 to coincide with the village’s centennial celebrations. Books may be purchased for $20 at the Grand Avenue Archives or the Water Tower Museum. Quantities are limited.