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 the Historical Society for over 10 years (46%) and most non-members have been aware of the Society for over 10 years (51%).

Most of our members visited the Water Tower Museum & Children’s Museum (27%), visited the Ekdahl House Museum (16%), and attended an Adult Education Lecture (13%).  Most of the non-members attended the 2015 House Walk (27%), visited the Water Tower Museum & Children’s Museum (19%), and had a child participate in the 3rd grade tour of the Water Tower Museum.

We received 30 comments regarding the House Walk.  These have been reviewed and several of the suggestions are being implemented in the 2017 House Walk.

Respondents strongly agreed that the three most important functions of the WSHS provides are; preserving the history of the Village for future generations, informing residents and visitors for all ages about the Village’s past and helping to create a sense of community.  The most important programs and services we provide related to our ongoing collection of history related items as well as their preservation and display.

We thank all those who took time to complete our first ever WSHS survey.  The information will assist us in the evaluation of existing programs and help provide guidance for future programs.  As always, if you have questions, comments, or concerns that you would like to share with us, please contact us at or 708-246-9230.


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 roots, strategies for overcoming dead ends, and some of the many resources available to the public in the western suburbs.  This talk is free and open to all so we hope you will join us for what promises to be an interesting and informative evening!

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 world. The Water Tower Museum is also open every Saturday morning from 10 to noon.