Historic Pullman Foundation

Historic Pullman Foundation Celebrating 50yrs of preserving, interpreting, and promoting Pullman's rich history! Visit us today.
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12/08/2023
12/07/2023

Did you know that the in the film was based on buildings in Pullman National Historical Park? FOX32 News came to the Pullman Club Coffee Shop today to interview our very own Tom McMahon to get the story!

12/07/2023
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The Pullman community was out in dazzling force marching in this weekend's Blue Island Light Parade! Friends and family ...
12/05/2023

The Pullman community was out in dazzling force marching in this weekend's Blue Island Light Parade! Friends and family decked out in bright lights and warm clothes came together to celebrate the season and march in a glittering show of Pullman pride!

Celebrate GivingTuesday with us by Giving the Gift of Historic Pullman Foundation membership 🤲 With six different member...
11/28/2023

Celebrate GivingTuesday with us by Giving the Gift of Historic Pullman Foundation membership 🤲 With six different membership tier options, there’s something for everyone, and always including an incredible experience full of architecture, history, trains and transportation, and Chicago’s first national park. Plus, Members will enjoy a year of unforgettable tours, unique events, engaging speakers and new exhibits.

📌 https://www.pullmanil.org/become-a-member/
Don’t just give stuff this season. Give an experience they’ll remember forever.

We can't think of a better way to conclude the holiday weekend! Plus, visit us at Pullman Exhibit Hall while you're in t...
11/26/2023

We can't think of a better way to conclude the holiday weekend! Plus, visit us at Pullman Exhibit Hall while you're in the neighborhood for our 50th anniversary exhibit 'From Wrecking Ball to National Park' 🏗️

***Historic Pullman Foundation is the official Friends Group and philanthropic partner of Pullman National Historical Park. All proceeds help us support the Park!

11/25/2023

Today's Small Business Saturday! Help support our partner Pullman Club Coffee Shop by stopping in for cup of coffee or tea. The Coffee Shop is open everyday from 7:00 am to 3:00 p.m.

11/21/2023

This holiday season, give the gift of Historic Pullman Foundation membership, an incredible experience full of architecture, history, trains and transportation, and Chicago’s first national park. Plus, Members will enjoy a year of unforgettable tours, unique events, engaging speakers and new exhibits. Don’t just give stuff. Give an experience they’ll remember forever 🎁

➡️ https://www.pullmanil.org/become-a-member/

***As Pullman National Historical Park's official Friends Group and philanthropic partner, a gift of HPF membership provides critical support to help the Park preserve the significant historic structures, landscapes, and legacy of Pullman National Historic Park, plus its year-round programming. Chicago’s first national park is significant for its connection to railroad innovation, two watershed moments in American labor history, its impact on urban planning, and its role in the economic empowerment of Black workers.

Celebrating 50yrs of preserving, interpreting, and promoting Pullman's rich history! Visit us today.

11/20/2023

Today marks the birthday of Nathan Franklin Barrett, a pioneer in the field of landscape architecture and the mind behind the beautiful gardens and foliage that graced the landscapes of old Pullman.

Barrett's keen eye for the aesthetics of the town played a crucial role in unifying the architecture and vistas of Pullman. Regarding Barrett’s work Stewart Woodford in the dedication for the Arcade Building’s theater said:

"I stepped from the cars. Beauty, grace and art met me on every hand. I had seen landscape gardening elsewhere. Here was also architectural gardening. Eye and taste at once [were] content and glad."

Image Credit: Pullman State Historic Site and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Image: Pullman's Arcade Park with the Hotel Florence and the water tower in the background

DON'T FORGET: our HPF Member Appreciation event (current and past members) is THIS THURSDAY, NOV. 16 🥳 Historic Pullman ...
11/14/2023

DON'T FORGET: our HPF Member Appreciation event (current and past members) is THIS THURSDAY, NOV. 16 🥳 Historic Pullman Foundation is taking this time to celebrate in-person the incredible people who make it all happen. Psst: it's you!

The evening will include music, drinks and appetizers, exciting prizes from our collection, and more while we socialize and talk about some of the essential work your membership makes possible 🤝 Learn more and RSVP asap.

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Historic Pullman Foundation is celebrating the incredible people who make it all happen. Current and recent members are cordially invited to a festive evening of beer, wine and delicious appetizers. We'll socialize and talk about some of the essential work your membership makes possible. Plus, look....

Let’s all take a moment to honor those who served their country. These brave men and women are truly the very best of Am...
11/10/2023

Let’s all take a moment to honor those who served their country. These brave men and women are truly the very best of America. So, this Veterans Day and every day, we thank them for their service.

Join us Saturday, November 11 for a wonderful ceremony honoring our veterans at Pullman Elementary Auditorium at 11am. With a prayer at the War Memorial followed by a fellowship gathering at Historic Pullman Foundation.

Calling all HPF Members (and recent Members!): join us November 16 for Historic Pullman Foundation's celebration of the ...
11/08/2023

Calling all HPF Members (and recent Members!): join us November 16 for Historic Pullman Foundation's celebration of the incredible people who make it all happen -- YOU! 🥳

The evening will include music, drinks and appetizers, exciting prizes from our Pullman collection, and more while we socialize and talk about some of the essential work your membership makes possible 🤝 Learn more and RSVP today ➡️ https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/2kqzvgx/lp/5af1e304-be8b-4dbe-baf0-6b3e03510494

  of our friends at Pullman House Project / Pullman Club Coffee Shop 🤝 Thank you, Mike and Pat, for everything you've do...
11/06/2023

of our friends at Pullman House Project / Pullman Club Coffee Shop 🤝 Thank you, Mike and Pat, for everything you've done for Historic Pullman!

BIG congratulations to the Pullman House Project on being recognized by the Chicago Landmarks Commission at the 2023 Preservation Excellence Awards for their outstanding preservation work at 605 East 111th street (formerly One Florence Boulevard) ~ also known as the Welcome Center for the Pullman House Project and home to the Pullman Club Coffee shop. This is just the latest preservation project led by Mike and Pat Shymanski who have devoted over 50 years to the preservation and promotion of the historic Pullman neighborhood. We are so thankful for all they do! Please join us in congratulating them on this well deserved honor.

Image: Mike and Pat Shymanski accepting preservation award.

Pullman House Project Michael Shymanski Patricia Shymanski

Weekend read: Preserving the past through the paranormal via Chicago Tribune 📰"Amelia Cotter, Chicago paranormal author ...
11/03/2023

Weekend read: Preserving the past through the paranormal via Chicago Tribune 📰

"Amelia Cotter, Chicago paranormal author and storyteller, said the “Macabre Pullman Tours” were started last year by the Historic Pullman Foundation... 'The historic site is an excellent place to engage people’s interest in living history,' Cotter said. 'And the tours are less about ghost stories and more about the dark and sometimes gruesome side of American industrialization and Chicago’s growth as a world city in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It can be rewarding and humbling for people to bear witness to the good, the bad, and the ugly of the making of America and how it profoundly affected the lives of the everyday, hardworking immigrants who built our railcars and railroads.'”

Organizations in Northwest Indiana, Chicagoland and beyond have embraced ghost hunts and macabre tours to keep their lights on, even if they inexplicably flicker from time to time, and some preservationists have deemed it highly effective — with volunteers often having ghost stories of their own.

11/02/2023

Want a PAID internship with the National Park Service at Pullman?

We’re recruiting a Community Volunteer Ambassador intern to help lead, support and grow our talented volunteer corp. Applicants should be service-motivated individuals between 18-30 (or 18-35 if you are a Veteran) in order to apply.

This CVA internship is January 22 – December 20, 2024 (48 weeks). Interested applicants should include a resume, cover letter and professional references through the link: https://form.jotform.com/StewardsIPP/cva-member-application-winter-2024

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the park and help preserve and share this special place. Join us to take part in an incredible 2024 in Pullman!

Image: Volunteers in National Parks advertising the Community Volunteer Ambassador Program. Text says: Apply to be a Community Volunteer Ambassador! Work in a National Park!

Happy Halloween, Pullman! We wish everyone a wholesome, candy-filled holiday 🍭🎃🍬Image circa November 1968 on Champlain A...
10/31/2023

Happy Halloween, Pullman! We wish everyone a wholesome, candy-filled holiday 🍭🎃🍬

Image circa November 1968 on Champlain Avenue in .

10/30/2023
Calling all Halloween candy seekers! 🍬 Join us for Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 31 in the Pullman Exhibit Hall parking lot. Co...
10/29/2023

Calling all Halloween candy seekers! 🍬 Join us for Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 31 in the Pullman Exhibit Hall parking lot. Costumes encouraged, smiles required 🎃

11141 S Cottage Grove Ave
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. CT

HPF is seeking a new Executive Director to begin January 2024.Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Directo...
10/27/2023

HPF is seeking a new Executive Director to begin January 2024.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has primary responsibility for leading Historic Pullman Foundation in its function as the official philanthropic partner for Pullman National Historical Park. This position is based in Chicago’s Pullman Historic District. To learn more about this role and how to apply, please visit our website.

Executive Director Job Description

How did Pullman experience the First World War, the devastation of the Influenza pandemic, and the Centennial of Illinoi...
10/24/2023

How did Pullman experience the First World War, the devastation of the Influenza pandemic, and the Centennial of Illinois? Join HPF and historian Andy Bullen THIS SUNDAY for an exploration of the town of Pullman in 1918.
📌Tickets via Eventbrite.

***This casual presentation begins at 3 p.m. CT in Pullman Exhibit Hall, but we encourage you to swing by early to explore our featured exhibit 'From Wrecking Ball to National Park' (for free)!

How did Pullman experience the First World War, the devastation of the Influenza pandemic, and the Centennial of Illinois?

Pullman Exhibit Hall is CLOSED today due to maintenance repairs. We will see you next Thursday-Sunday for our 50th anniv...
10/22/2023

Pullman Exhibit Hall is CLOSED today due to maintenance repairs. We will see you next Thursday-Sunday for our 50th anniversary exhibit 'From Wrecking Ball to National Park' 👋

Learn what it takes to preserve a neighborhood’s history at Historic Pullman Foundation’s new exhibition From Wrecking Ball to National Park. As HPF celebrates its 50th anniversary, the exhibit explores the successes and set-backs on the road to preservation through HPF’s own collection and ar...

🗣 TOMORROW AT 7PM! Four men saw a ghostly figure making a hideous noise on the factory floor... “No one sleeps until my ...
10/19/2023

🗣 TOMORROW AT 7PM! Four men saw a ghostly figure making a hideous noise on the factory floor... “No one sleeps until my remains are moved from underneath this mill.” Join our haunting guided tour through historic Pullman.

This tour is intended for mature audiences. Parental Discretion is advised. 🎃

Is Pullman haunted or simply tragic? Decide for yourself on an evening walk through the historically rich Pullman neighborhood

As Historic Pullman Foundation celebrates 50 incredible years, it’s also a time for looking to the future. HPF is excite...
10/18/2023

As Historic Pullman Foundation celebrates 50 incredible years, it’s also a time for looking to the future. HPF is excited to welcome two new members to the foundation staff: Bart Darress, the new Director of Communications & Membership, and Daniela Salgado, the new Tours & Office Coordinator.

“There’s so much growth and dramatic change right now at Historic Pullman Foundation,” said Executive Director Julian Jackson. “Bart and Daniela join an organization that’s poised to do great things.”

Bart has spent his career developing award-winning campaigns at international advertising agencies from Saatchi & Saatchi to BBDO and Deutsch. His work on Fortune 500 brands have garnered some of the industry’s highest honors.

“As Communications & Membership Director for HPF, I hope to use my years of marketing expertise to really tell the Pullman story and connect to a far wider audience,” said Darress.

In a few short years, Daniela went from cashier to running an entire restaurant, managing 15 employees, handling vendor relationships, inventory control, and customer relations, all while keeping track of sales, payroll and finances.

“Myself and the entire board are happy to welcome Bart and Daniela to our team,” said HPF Board President Maria P. Hibbs. “With their help, we can expand communications, grow our membership, and increase ’s visibility to attract a diverse and growing number of visitors to our historic district.”

“Using my people skills, I hope to bring more community engagement, including the Hispanic neighborhoods here on the Southside,” said Salgado.

In addition, Daniela looks forward to bringing her organizational acumen to help streamline the foundation’s day-to-day functions.

“The HPF team has really come together to create a dynamic foundation,” offered Jackson. “I see great things ahead for the organization, and the entire Pullman neighborhood.”

Welcome to , Bart and Daniela! 👋

As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, Historic Pullman Foundation celebrates individuals like Charles Lira, a sec...
10/15/2023

As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, Historic Pullman Foundation celebrates individuals like Charles Lira, a second generation, Mexican-American whose story is deeply intertwined with the rich history of Pullman National Historical Park.

Born and raised in the Langley Blockhouse within the Pullman community, Charles Lira's life exemplifies the resilience and contributions of Hispanic Americans living in Chicago. His parents, Cecil and Mary Lira, moved to Pullman after World War II, where they established the iconic Tumble Inn Tavern in a converted Pullman rowhouse at 11250 S. Langley Ave. They raised four children, with Charles being the eldest. The Liras were one of the first Hispanics to own a business in the town and the tavern quickly evolved into a cherished community gathering spot, serving as a testament to the family's commitment to building connections within the neighborhood.

Charles Lira's dedication to service extended beyond the boundaries of Pullman. He served as a proud member of the Chicago Fire Department for an impressive 30 years, retiring as a Fire Lieutenant and exemplifying the values of courage, commitment, and selflessness. Moreover, Charles made a deliberate choice to raise his own family in Pullman, thus contributing to the preservation of the neighborhood's historical and cultural heritage. He and his late wife, Jean raised two children—Katie and Chuck—on both 114 th and St. Lawrence and 112th and Champlain. At one time, Cecil and Mary Lira, their four children, and their many grandchildren called Pullman their home; all living within a two-block radius from each other.

Charles is proud to call his home and takes pride in the history and traditions that make his neighborhood so extraordinary. Although, the cold Chicago winters have nudged him south to San Antonio, Texas -- where sunshine is the prominent weather marker -- he still makes sure his forever home is well taken care of and always there for him when he returns for a visit.

While commemorating , we honor individuals like Charles Lira, whose enduring connection to and his unwavering commitment to his community have left an indelible mark. His story reminds us of the invaluable contributions made by Hispanic Americans in shaping the cultural fabric of our nation, and it serves as an inspiration for future generations to embrace their heritage while continuing to build vibrant, inclusive communities.

10/12/2023

Don't forget: Open House Chicago is THIS WEEKEND! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to explore Pullman National Historical Park and PullmanArts with Chicago Architecture Center 🕍

Pullman Exhibit Hall will also be open throughout the weekend for the 'From Wrecking Ball to National Park' exhibition 🕰
***Entry is free but donations are encouraged. All proceeds support HPF's role as the official philanthropic partner of Pullman National Historical Park, National Park Service.

The numbers are in and we can say for certain, this was a record-setting Historic Pullman House Tour 🥇 With nearly 1,300...
10/11/2023

The numbers are in and we can say for certain, this was a record-setting Historic Pullman House Tour 🥇 With nearly 1,300 tickets sold and crowded sidewalks and streets for two straight days, this was our busiest in history!

And it’s all thanks to you. The incredible community 🤝 The dedicated friends and families who make it all possible. Visitors from every corner of Chicagoland and beyond who come and share their smiles and stories.

That’s what it’s all about. Discovering an extraordinary place we’re all connected to in some remarkable way. Let’s celebrate our past and present. And together, create the stories yet to come.

America’s stories live in ✨

Image: Historic Pullman House Tour attendees entering one of the homes
📸: Doorways Of Chicago

DAY 2 of Historic Pullman House Tour is starting soon ⏰ Did you know that Hotel Florence is open this weekend exclusivel...
10/08/2023

DAY 2 of Historic Pullman House Tour is starting soon ⏰ Did you know that Hotel Florence is open this weekend exclusively from 11am-5pm? Get your tickets today at 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave in Pullman National Historical Park!

🎥 Watch Historic Pullman House Tour Co-Chair Cindy McMahon on Fox 32 Chicago for more details.

A special treat awaits visitors as the Hotel Florence will be open during the house tour. The Hotel Florence, the first non-industrial building in Pullman, has been closed to the general public for over 20 years.

Today's the day: Historic Pullman House Tour 🏡🥳🎟✨ Learn more about how Pullman is doing its 50th celebration this weeken...
10/07/2023

Today's the day: Historic Pullman House Tour 🏡🥳🎟✨ Learn more about how Pullman is doing its 50th celebration this weekend on Block Club Chicago

***TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR TODAY AND TOMORROW

People can visit different types of Pullman homes, listen to live music, attend an antique car show and learn about the history of the South Side neighborhood this weekend.

TONIGHT at 8:00 p.m. CT, WTTW News is premiering the next in its series of new CHICAGO STORIES documentaries: Pullman an...
10/06/2023

TONIGHT at 8:00 p.m. CT, WTTW News is premiering the next in its series of new CHICAGO STORIES documentaries: Pullman and the Railroad Rebellion 🎥

In 1864, the powerful industrialist and engineer George Pullman brought luxury to overnight train travel with his revolutionary sleeping cars, where passengers were served by an army of former slaves who became known as Pullman Porters and Maids. soon established a company town for employees on Chicago’s that gave him complete authority over every aspect of their lives. This film recounts the bloody rebellion that followed as Pullman’s workers fought for their independence.

Be sure to watch on WTTW (ch. 11.1) and stream on the PBS app and at wttw.com/chicagostories. A new film will premiere each Friday through November 10.

Chicago Stories is an original documentary series from WTTW uncovering Chicago’s fascinating history. Each story presents an entertaining and intriguing tale about a person or event that shaped Chicago. The series reflects the rich diversity and breadth of human experience that shaped this great A...

DISCOUNT ADVANCE TICKET SALES END TONIGHT AT 11:59 p.m. CT. 🎟️ Have you purchased your Historic Pullman House Tour pass ...
10/06/2023

DISCOUNT ADVANCE TICKET SALES END TONIGHT AT 11:59 p.m. CT. 🎟️ Have you purchased your Historic Pullman House Tour pass yet?

📌 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/historic-pullman-house-tour-october-7-8-2023-tickets-646348203877

***Looking for free access to this once-a-year event? We’re still accepting volunteer submissions! Volunteers get exclusive access to either Saturday/Sunday’s homes and exhibits.

Image: Historic House Tour preservation grant recipient home

Today on Choose Chicago: Step inside historic homes during the 50th annual Historic Pullman House Tour 🏡Advance discount...
10/03/2023

Today on Choose Chicago: Step inside historic homes during the 50th annual Historic Pullman House Tour 🏡

Advance discount tickets ends Oct. 5. Purchase today via Eventbrite 🎟️

Chicago is a city of firsts, particularly when it comes to architecture. And Pullman, the first planned industrial town in the country and the city’s…

Experience The Magic Of Autumn: Top 11 Things To Do In Chicago via Forbes, feat. Historic Pullman House Tour THIS WEEKEN...
10/02/2023

Experience The Magic Of Autumn: Top 11 Things To Do In Chicago via Forbes, feat. Historic Pullman House Tour THIS WEEKEND 🥳

"A local favorite for 50 years, this event offers an exclusive glimpse into the unique residential architecture of the National Historic District, known for its 1880s industrial town design."

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