You may have toured the Western Springs Historical Society’s museum in the village’s historic Water Tower or perhaps you’ve visited Ekdahl House, our outdoor museum behind the main fire station. If so, you’ve seen some great artifacts and photographs depicting the town’s history. Chances are, you’ve also met some of our amazing volunteers who host visitors to the Water Tower and act as docents for the 3rd grade history program. You may have also met some of our volunteers if you’ve attended an adult seminar or one of our community outreach events.
There is, however, another side to the Society that fewer residents have seen. The Archives in the Grand Avenue Community Center house most of the Society’s collection of photos and paper records. Located on the 2nd floor, the Archives house a treasure trove of newspaper clippings, photographs, slides (remember slides?), and negatives relating to the village’s history. The Archives also house hundreds of genealogical files relating to Village residents, as well as historical information about many of the village’s homes.
The Society is fortunate to have a dedicated team of volunteers who help organize these records, digitize photos/slides, and use our collections to assist patrons with research requests. They also help with administrative tasks such as tracking membership records and sending out mailings. Other volunteers help write press releases and content for our web site, conduct interviews for the oral history project, and help ensure we have a digital presence using Facebook, Twitter, and monthly e-blasts.
Regardless of their role, these volunteers all help us to fulfill our mission of preserving the village’s cultural, economic, and aesthetic heritage for future generations. If you have a skill you would like to share and a few hours to spare, we hope you will consider joining us! Please take a minute to check out our current volunteer opportunities and if you have questions, give us a call at 246-9230.
Click here to print out a volunteer application.