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Oak Park River Forest Museum is operated by The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, a 501(c)3 organization founded for educational and charitable purposes. The purposes of the Society are as follows:

  • To operate Oak Park River Forest Museum;
  • To collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the history of the villages of Oak Park, River Forest, and vicinity through the operation of an archive, research library, and museum;
  • To disseminate and provide to the public access to such historical information;
  • To assist in the designation and preservation of buildings, monuments, and other sites significant to the history of the area; and
  • To inspire, engage, and educate the residents of and visitors to Oak Park, River Forest, and vicinity.