Historic Pullman Foundation

Historic Pullman Foundation Since 1973, the Historic Pullman Foundation has been a not-for-profit organization with the goal to provide a vehicle for preservation, restoration, education and research activities in the Pullman Historic Landmark District.
The Town of Pullman, IL was one of the nation's first planned industrial communities, built in 1881 by George M. Pullman, President of Pullman's Palace Car Company. He decided to develop a model community, a total environment, superior to that available to the working class elsewhere. By so doing, he hoped to avoid strikes, attract the most skilled workers and attain greater productivity as a result of the better health, environment and spirit of his employees. Today, Pullman is a City of Chicago, State of Ilinois and National Historic Landmark District and a strong, historic community with a focus on preserving its heritage. About the Historic Pullman Foundation Established in 1973 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), the Foundation serves as a vehicle to acquire and restore important public buildings within the Pullman Historic District; to develop and provide educational programs and tours; and to conduct research and long range community planning to facilitate the continuing preservation and restoration of the Pullman Historic District. The Foundation furthers its mission with a dedicated group of volunteers, who provide tours and greet the thousands of visitors who come through our Historic Pullman Visitor Center each year; staff, who provide critical administrative services; and Board of Directors, who help assure long range strategic and short term administrative goals are realized.

Please note that the Visitor Center will be open Tuesday through Sunday, check for seasonal hours. Guided walking tours are conducted at 1:30 pm on the first Sunday of each month, May-October. Guided tours for groups can be scheduled throughout the year by calling the Visitor Center 773-785-8901. Please leave a message and your call will be returned. The annual Pullman House Tour will be held October 7 and 8, 2017. Tickets can be purchased online at: http://pullmanhousetour2017.brownpapertickets.com

Mission: The mission of the Historic Pullman Foundation is to provide education and resources to promote the preservation and history of the Town of Pullman - one of the nation's first planned industrial communities -as a City of Chicago, State of Illinois and National landmark district and as Chicago's only National Monument.

06/06/2019

Don't forget... June 16...bring your Dad!

Calumet Heritage Partnership
06/05/2019

Calumet Heritage Partnership

Calumet Voices/National Stories Exhibit Opening Soon!
Grit. Passion. Resilience. Might. Discover things you never knew about the Calumet region, from the people who know it best. Experience the first installment in the four-part Calumet Voices, National Stories exhibit series and uncover the hidden gems that make this region an American treasure. June 28 - mid-November 2019 at the Pullman National Monument Visitor's Center. For more information see http://www.calumetheritage.org/calumetvoices/index.html

05/11/2019
Union Pacific Railroad

Recognizing one of the most important events in American history and celebrating the role the American railroads played in the development of our country

Union Pacific celebrated the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad with thousands of rail fans and history buffs in Ogden, Utah on May 9, 2019. In a recreation of the famous 1869 image from Promontory, steam locomotives #UP844 and Big Boy #UP4014 met as a ceremonial golden spike was tapped.

04/23/2019

May 11... save the date

Join us on Saturday May 11 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Pullman Strike. This free event will feature a di...
04/18/2019

Join us on Saturday May 11 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Pullman Strike. This free event will feature a discussion led by the Debs Foundation director Allison Durek followed by a tour of Pullman led by the Illinois Labor History Society. This commemorative event is co-sponsored by the Debs Foundation, the National Park Service, the Illinois Labor History Society and the Historic Pullman Foundation.
Where: Pullman Visitor Information Center, 11141 So. Cottage Grove
When, May 11, 2019, Discussion at 11:00 am, Tour at 12:30

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service
04/18/2019

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Starting tomorrow, we will be celebrating National Park Week here at Pullman National Monument from April 20th - April 28th. National Park Week is an annual national celebration for people to discover and enjoy our country’s remarkable network of natural, cultural, and recreational sites. We encourage you to #FindYourPark!

More about National Park Week can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/national-park-week.htm

Image: National Park Week 2019 Logo featuring various symbols and items of the the national parks.

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service
04/05/2019

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Pullman National Monument is excited to recruit for their first Park Ranger (Interpretation) at the GS-9 Full Performance level. The position is a permanent career seasonal job (no less than six months, no more than 11 ½ months). The work is currently programmed and funded at the 11 ½ month level. The announcement will open on www.USAjobs.gov next Friday (April12) and remain open for five days or the first 150 applicants. Interested candidates should prepare their USA jobs profile and resume in advance.

We’re seeking applicants with high energy and diverse interpretive skills to support the development of this new national park unit, established in 2015. The candidate will supervise temporary coworkers in a shared partner visitor center, and participate in the transition to the new NPS visitor center scheduled to open in 2020. The candidate will have an opportunity to contribute to developing the interpretive program that includes public and education programs, community outreach, and events. We’re looking for applicants who can collaborate with diverse partners in an urban environment and have the skills to help visitors explore their own connections with the many themes reflected in the historic district in south Chicago.
Look for the link posted here or search on www.USAjobs.gov on April 12.

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service
04/03/2019

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Pullman National Monument is recruiting for a Project Manager to serve as park lead for design and construction of the monument's Visitor Center project and to represent the park's interests in the development of the surrounding Illinois Department of Natural Resources owned factory grounds. The position closes on Friday, April 5. More information can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528402200.

This Women's History Month we have celebrated the women of Pullman, the 19th and 20th century workers in the factory and...
03/25/2019

This Women's History Month we have celebrated the women of Pullman, the 19th and 20th century workers in the factory and the teachers who taught children in the Pullman School. We have saved the best for last! Today we remember all the mothers who raised their children in Pullman.

Celebrate National Women's Month by remembering the many women who were the teachers who taught the children of Pullman....
03/20/2019

Celebrate National Women's Month by remembering the many women who were the teachers who taught the children of Pullman. This photo was taken in front of the original Pullman School in 1891.

Women's History in Pullman would not be complete without recognition of the many women in the Pullman Palace Car workfor...
03/19/2019

Women's History in Pullman would not be complete without recognition of the many women in the Pullman Palace Car workforce who worked as seamstresses, in the laundry and as shown in this photo, making furniture parts - here chair parts and drawers.

In honor of women’s history month we should remember the many women who joined the work force during the World War II ...
03/18/2019

In honor of women’s history month we should remember the many women who joined the work force during the World War II era, and especially these women welders employed in Bldg #100 at the Pullman Works in Chicago. We can do it!

Save the date - June 16! The Historic Pullman Foundation, the Illinois Labor History Society and the National Park Servi...
03/08/2019

Save the date - June 16! The Historic Pullman Foundation, the Illinois Labor History Society and the National Park Service/Pullman National Monument will co-sponsor an author talk and book signing to meet and talk to THE EDGE OF ANARCHY author Jack Kelly. His new book explores the labor/capital conflicts central to the Pullman debate and focuses history on one of today’s critical problems.
Copies of this new book are available for sale at the Shared Visitor Information Center $29 ( HPF member discounted price $19 )

A Pullman reflection...We have been honored to have the Honeymoon Row 1880’s Tenement Flat photographed by Chicago pho...
03/07/2019

A Pullman reflection...We have been honored to have the Honeymoon Row 1880’s Tenement Flat photographed by Chicago photographer James Caulfield. This little slice of one of his photos evokes an image of life in Pullman and a stage for the many stories to be told by the Pullman House Project …if these walls could talk.

Thank you to all who attended the “Pullman’s of Prairie Ave” lecture by Bill Tyre yesterday. We hope you enjoyed t...
03/04/2019

Thank you to all who attended the “Pullman’s of Prairie Ave” lecture by Bill Tyre yesterday. We hope you enjoyed the lecture, the new Visitor Center exhibits, the Pullman Choir and the birthday cake! Post pictures if you have them.

The Historic Pullman Shared Visitor Information Center is dusting, cleaning, and installing several new exhibits in prep...
02/17/2019

The Historic Pullman Shared Visitor Information Center is dusting, cleaning, and installing several new exhibits in preparation for reopening on February 19 following our winter break. Here’s a peek at a new exhibit.

This is a fitting tribute in celebration of Black History Month to Pullman Porters and their many contributions. Congrat...
02/12/2019
How the Pullman Porters Helped Elevate a New Black Middle Class

This is a fitting tribute in celebration of Black History Month to Pullman Porters and their many contributions. Congratulations to Pullman's National A Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum for its contribution to the article. https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/pullman-porters

They were overworked, underpaid and demeaned, but generations of porters on the Pullman Palace Car Company helped promote the rights and futures of African Americans.

The Rise and Fall of the Sleeping Car King
01/12/2019
The Rise and Fall of the Sleeping Car King

The Rise and Fall of the Sleeping Car King

George Pullman’s unbending business acumen made him a mogul, but also inspired the greatest labor uprising of the 19th century

Annual winter closure... the Shared Pullman National Monument Visitor Information Center will be closed for regular hour...
12/16/2018

Annual winter closure... the Shared Pullman National Monument Visitor Information Center will be closed for regular hours of operation beginning on Monday, December 17, 2018 through February 19, 2019. Any scheduled events will proceed and we will respond to messages and emails during this period. Have a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.

One of the Pullman House Project exhibits opened for the Candlelight Tour - our recently restored Honeymoon Row flat - l...
12/12/2018

One of the Pullman House Project exhibits opened for the Candlelight Tour - our recently restored Honeymoon Row flat - life in a simpler time. If you visited, what did you think?

12/11/2018

Many thanks to all who attended, volunteered, donated items for silent auction, purchased silent auction items, displayed model railroads, played the organ at the Greenstone, prepared yummy dessert items, and especially to the homeowners who opened their doors to our visitors! What a great way to show our community spirit and to celebrate the start of the holiday season.

Thomas Dunbar House
12/06/2018

Thomas Dunbar House

The Pullman House Project is getting ready for the Candlelight Tour. The Dunbar House decorations are ready and the Honeymoon Row flat will welcome holiday guests to reflect life in a simpler time - dried oranges, lemons, walnuts and cinnamon. This photo shows the decorated tree in the sunlight.

11/28/2018
Giving Tuesday

A big THANK YOU to our generous #GivingTuesday donors. With your help we raised nearly $5,000 towards our goal supporting our education programs. Pullman has long been a valued outdoor classroom and with your help we can continue to support educators throught the region.

Americans Want Congress to Pass National Parks Maintenance Bill
11/21/2018
Americans Want Congress to Pass National Parks Maintenance Bill

Americans Want Congress to Pass National Parks Maintenance Bill

The vast majority of Americans believe Congress should pass a bill, now pending, to address priority repairs at the 418 national park sites across the country, according to a poll released on Nov. 19.

The Pullman House Project is adding new exhibits in time for Candlelight 2018.
11/13/2018

The Pullman House Project is adding new exhibits in time for Candlelight 2018.

If you have loved visiting the Dunbar House you will also want to visit the newest exhibit in the "Pullman House Project", the apartment on Honeymoon Row which will be decorated for the holidays and open for the 2018 Candlelight Tour. The second bedroom will be open and the newest addition to the exhibit- a Victorian era parlor stove will be radiating warmth. Tickets for the December 9th tour can be purchased online at: pullmancandlelight2018.brownpapertickets.com

Today is #GivingTuesday for 2018. We hope that you will consider making a gift to the Historic Pullman Foundation on thi...
10/27/2018
www.givingtuesday.org

Today is #GivingTuesday for 2018. We hope that you will consider making a gift to the Historic Pullman Foundation on this international day of giving.

For over 40 years the Historic Pullman Foundation has invited students to discover and explore Pullman as a living classroom to better understand the history and promise of America. This #GivingTuesday we are asking for your support to help us raise $10,000 to bring 1000 students to Pullman.

With school budgets getting tighter each year, fewer schools have the financial resources for field trips to important places like Pullman. With your generous support we can continue to tell the stories of our past and challenge the citizens of our future to fulfill the promises of America. The Historic Pullman Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Pullman’s Renaissance
10/26/2018
Pullman’s Renaissance

Pullman’s Renaissance

New industrial development and investment from the National Park Service are helping to rejuvenate the iconic South Side neighborhood.

10/25/2018
Antiques Roadshow l PBS

Oh my! Do we all want this?

Check out the incredible detail on this Pullman Parlor car model during Noel Barrett's appraisal from St. Louis, Hour 1! Does this small model have big value?

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service
10/23/2018

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Pullman National Monument is pleased to announce that LiveWire Construction has been given Notice to Proceed on their contract to replace the roof and windows on the historic Administration Clock Tower Building.
By mid-next week expect to see activity at the site including site fencing, toilets, dumpsters, and placement of a job trailer with scaffolding starting to go up around the building. Access to the site will be limited for the duration of the 6 month contract.

10/20/2018
Chicago's Gilded Age

Chicago's Gilded Age

121 years ago, George Pullman died at his home on Prairie Avenue in Chicago.

Made in Pullman by Pullman workers and part of the history we celebrate
10/15/2018

Made in Pullman by Pullman workers and part of the history we celebrate

Interior Pullman Car.
Beveled mirrors, ornate carvings, and polished brass were the hallmarks of travel in a Pullman parlor car, such as the one depicted here from 1893.

Today these incredible 50 young men from Morehouse College visited Pullman. They came to the Visitor Information Center ...
09/21/2018

Today these incredible 50 young men from Morehouse College visited Pullman. They came to the Visitor Information Center to learn about Pullman, but their primary purpose was to speak to the children at Pullman Elementary School on the topic - making good choices. Welcome and thank you for coming to Pullman to share your inspirational message.

09/07/2018
Discover Historic Pullman

Discover Historic Pullman and now is the time! Pullman's annual House Tour is October 6-7. Tickets can be purchased online at pullmanhousetour2018.brownpapertickets.com

Because of Them We Can by Eunique Jones
09/04/2018

Because of Them We Can by Eunique Jones

Happy Labor Day from our mini Pullman Porters, who with the help of A. Philip Randolph, organized the first Black Labor Union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

Today and every day, we remember and honor all those who fought and are still fighting for better wages, benefits and working conditions for us all.

#laborday #becauseofthemwecan

Address

11141 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL
60628

accessible by Metra Electric via the 111th Street station; by CTA via 95th street station and #4 Cottage Grove bus

General information

The Pullman National Monument shared Visitor Information Center is open during posted hours, generally, Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. The Visitor Center is FREE to the public. Groups over 10 people are required to make an advance reservation. Guided tours of the Pullman National Landmark District are available by special arrangement. For information or to leave a message contact the Historic Pullman Foundation 773-785-8901, or Pullman National Monument 773-468-9310.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday 11:00 - 15:00
Friday 11:00 - 15:00
Saturday 11:00 - 15:00
Sunday 11:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(773) 785-8901

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