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August 2019

Growing with the Gundersons

August 24, 2019 - 2:00pm3:30pm
Longfellow Park Pavilion

Our stroll through southeast Oak Park's Gunderson Historic District will, of course, tell the story of how the Gunderson Brothers developed and promoted this neighborhood, but it will also include lesser-known stories, like the house once named the Oak Park Academy of Fine Arts, the controversial temporary homes built to ease the post-World War II housing crisis, why this neighborhood was once

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September 2019

Preserving Your Family History

September 14, 2019 - 3:00pm5:00pm
Oak Park River Forest Museum

Wondering how to care for your historic family materials? Check out Preserving Your Family History! OPRF Museum archivist Elizabeth Nichols will discuss how different materials like paper, photographs, books, and more wear down over time, and what you can do to slow that deterioration and help preserve your family's history for the next generation and beyond.

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Greater Downtown Deco: Architectural Treasures in our Midst

September 15, 2019 - 2:00pm3:30pm
Medical Arts Building

Downtown Oak Park boasts an array of marvelous examples of Art Deco design that are often overlooked. Join our Executive Director Frank Lipo on a walk down Lake Street as he points out many of these treasures that we walk past every day without noticing.

The tour will start in the lobby of the Medical Arts Building and end near Harlem Avenue. Street and garage parking are available.

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Vintage Base Ball Game

September 22, 2019 - 1:00pm
Lindberg Park

Come on out to Lindberg Park for a Vintage Base Ball game between the Chicago Salmon and the McLean County Prairie Chickens. This event is free. The Historical Society will be selling peanuts and Cracker Jack as well as water, soft drinks, and lemonade. Root, root, root for your Chicago Salmon!

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West Side Stories: Architecture and People that Shaped River Forest

September 28, 2019 - 2:00pm3:30pm
Trailside Museum

Take a walk with us through scenic, historic River Forest! Starting and ending at Trailside Museum, this walk down Edgewood and Thatcher Avenues will demonstrate why these two streets are an outdoor museum of architecture. You will also hear fascinating and surprising stories about some of the people who lived here and the drastic changes that some of these houses have seen.

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October 2019

Guided walking tour of Forest Home Cemetery including live performances.

Tales of the Tombstones Cemetery Walk

October 20, 2019 - 12:00pm2:00pm
Forest Home Cemetery

Every community has those untoward stories that were told in hushed tones, perhaps not suited for the ears of more sensitive listeners. Our 28th Annual Cemetery Walk will feature some of these tales of the macabre, the creepy, and the scandalous.

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