Historic Pullman Foundation

Historic Pullman Foundation Since 1973, the 501(c)(3) not for profit Historic Pullman Foundation has provided for preservation, restoration, education and research activities in the Pullman Historic Landmark District - now the Pullman National Monument.
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 temporary closure notice March 14-31 Please note that the Visitor Center now shared with the National Park Service-Pullman National Monument, will be open Tuesday through Sunday, check for seasonal and holiday 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 10 and 11, 2020. Tickets can be purchased online at: http://pullmanhousetour2020.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.


Reflections on this day by Historic Pullman Foundation volunteer Kathy Lynch.

On this pretty May morning, I stopped and realized it is the first Sunday of May...and I am filled with those mixed emotions we are all finding pop up during this stay at home time.

Normally, this date would have stars and highlights and alarms set at various intervals before 1-ish to remind me that I would have a tour to lead today.
For those who don’t know, for more years than I remember, I have been giving the “First Sunday Tours” for the Historic Pullman Foundation that we run from May through October.

But today, I realize that there are no alarms needed. I did not even have the date flagged on my calendar yet (I usually do this in a harried rush a week or two prior, saying to myself “oh crap, how is it May already??”).

While I am always a bit conflicted at tour time, this time it’s different.
Know that I really enjoy giving tours. I love sharing my crazy range of knowledge about the area, weaving a story about how this piece of history we live in came to be, and continues today. But it is also nerve wracking and draining - like how I imagine it is for folks going on stage, you get horrid stage fright before and then you are ON for 2 hours or so and completely engaged and excited. Then I am drained. So I always know that while I will have the enjoyment, I will be nervous before and drained a while after and it always presents mixed emotions when the day rolls around.

But today, knowing I don’t have a tour today leaves me a bit hollow. I know that I now have a gorgeous free day ahead. I also know the reason why and it leaves me sad, wondering when First Sunday will be back on my calendar. When we started this I did not even consider needing to cancel today. Now I wonder when our visitor center will be open again. When the National Park rangers will be there to greet me. When I will have those nerves and excitement. How will it be different.
Soon, I expect. Maybe June. Or July.

But in the meantime, I will try to enjoy my “free” first Sunday and try to look forward to future Sundays ahead.

Actor Douglas Fairbanks Speaks to Pullman workers in 1918

It was 1918 and the US was at war. Actor Douglas Fairbanks visited Pullman to rally for the war effort...but no one had knowledge of the Spanish flu which would attack with a vengence later that year.

Actor Douglas Fairbanks speaks to Pullman Company employees on April 18, 1918 during World War I.

National Park Foundation

National Park Foundation

As many people continue to stay close to home with their families, NPF invites you to explore new ways to connect with national parks and the park community.

Learn more this National Park Week: https://prks.org/3cswnRu

Have a question for our Pullman National Monument Rangers?

Have a question for our Pullman National Monument Rangers?

Ever have a burning questions about Pullman National Monument or the National Park Service and you just weren't sure when to ask it? Do it now! Rack a ranger's brain today. You can ask the question down below or email us at [email protected] and we'll respond ASAP.

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Florence Lowden Miller was a founding member of the Historic Pullman Foundation. During her tenure on the Board of Direc...

Florence Lowden Miller was a founding member of the Historic Pullman Foundation. During her tenure on the Board of Directors the Foundation acquired the Pullman Masonic Lodge building, renovated it and placed the building into reuse as a center for community activities and the Foundation’s education programming. Within the following years the Hotel Florence and the Market Hall were also acquired, saving both structures from threatened destruction. The Hotel Florence was reopened to the public during this period and remained open and operated by the Foundation for the next 25 years. Additionally the Foundation acquired the site of the Pullman Arcade which was adaptively redeveloped as the Pullman Visitor Center; the HPF acquired and rehabilitated several residential properties in the North Pullman part of the Historic District to stimulate interest and attract new residents; and the HPF supported the redevelopment of the long neglected Packard Open Body Plant as the Pullman Wheelworks.

In 1979, Mrs. Miller was recognized by the U.S. Department of Interior with one of 21 National Cultural Achievement Awards for her significant contributions to preserving the Town of Pullman. The award was presented by the Department’s Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service by David Shonk who stated that: “Historic preservation is the movement of the future… and with the burgeoning concern for the survival and viability of our cities, the stage is set and we are just now beginning to see the explosion of the historic preservation movement.”

During this same period, through Mrs. Miller’s efforts and influence, the National Trust For Historic Preservation opened a Midwest Office in Chicago, reinforcing the National significance of Chicago’s architectural assets – including Pullman, and also the readiness of the Chicago and Midwestern communities to make historic preservation a public priority.

Mrs. Miller’s lasting influence laid the foundation for the continuing efforts of the Historic Pullman Foundation to preserve the Town of Pullman, and to the efforts of the many friends of Pullman leading to the designation of the Pullman National Monument.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we celebrate the exceptional women in our #PullmanScholarCommunity and their many accomplishments. They are realizing their dreams because one woman, Florence Lowden Miller, granddaughter of George Pullman, had a bold idea: to help those who otherwise couldn’t afford it, earn a college degree. Learn more about Florence Lowden Miller, founder of the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation, and how her vision and tenacity fostered the dreams and aspirations of so many.



While the Shared Pullman Visitor Information Center is currently closed due to the Coronavirus situation, we hope your interest in Pullman will give you reason to explore some of our videos.

Historic Pullman Foundation

While the Shared Pullman National Monument Visitor Information Center is currently closed due to the Coronavirus situation, we hope your interest in Pullman will give you reason to explore some of our videos.



In light of the deteriorating conditions across the country and in our region, we will temporarily close the Pullman National Monument Shared Visitor Information Center effective at the close of business today, March 13 and through March 31st when we will reevaluate the situation. The health and safety of our volunteers, staff, visitors and community are our highest priority.

We will be contacting all currently scheduled tour coordinators to either arrange for reimbursement of deposits or to reschedule group tours to a later date.

We will continue to monitor information being provided by the City of Chicago and Illinois public health officials and will update our website and pages with any new developments.

February 19,2015

February 19,2015

Historic Pullman Foundation

Historic Pullman Foundation

Historic Pullman Foundation President Joseph Szabo sharing his vision and inviting support for the Pullman National Monu...
IMG_4322.jpg | Antonio Dickey Photography

Historic Pullman Foundation President Joseph Szabo sharing his vision and inviting support for the Pullman National Monument during the 5th Anniversary celebration at Pullman's Hotel Florence

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

We are proud to have been invited to support Pullman for the past five years. We continue to be amazed by the passion and support of the residents, community, partners, City of Chicago and the State of Illinois. Together, good things continue to happen in Pullman. We pause today to share our thanks. Let's celebrate what we can do together in the next five years!

Hosted at Hotel Florence, Pullman State Historic Site, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Exhibit celebrating the 5th anniversary of Pullman’s designation as a National Monument

Exhibit celebrating the 5th anniversary of Pullman’s designation as a National Monument

Tomorrow February 19th, we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the designation of the Pullman National Monument! On Februar...

Tomorrow February 19th, we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the designation of the Pullman National Monument! On February 19th, 2015, President Barack Obama came to Pullman to the delight of the hundreds of people who braved the sub zero temperatures and nearly 2 feet of frozen snow to witness this historic event. Have a listen to the Presidents as he speaks about Pullman! (hint... use your smart phone to activate the QR code)

The cat's out of the bag! The Historic Pullman Foundation is so proud to welcome Joe Szabo as the next President of the ...
Pullman Attracting New Talent as Well as New Investment | The Crusader Newspaper Group

The cat's out of the bag! The Historic Pullman Foundation is so proud to welcome Joe Szabo as the next President of the Historic Pullman Foundation succeeding long time President and founding member Michael Shymanski.

CMAP’s Joe Szabo and National Park Service Pro join Historic Pullman Efforts – Chicago -- (February 12, 2020) -- While new housing, businesses and investments have dominated the news coming from Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood, the community is also adding to its cadre of committed and experien...

A beautiful new addition to the Thomas Dunbar house.

A beautiful new addition to the Thomas Dunbar house.

We are so excited to have recently recieved this beautiful vintage linen and lace bedcover for the bed in the Dunbar bedroom. Many thanks to our donors Roger and Sheryl Wiers. Roger is one of our fabulous volunteer tour guides. As a retired educator Roger brings great perspective and experience.

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

The National Park Service announces the selection of Teri Gage as superintendent of Pullman National Monument. A 32-year veteran of the NPS, Gage is currently Chief of Business Services at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin and will assume her new role in April 2020.

See the full news release here: https://www.nps.gov/pull/learn/news/teri-gage-selected-as-superintendent.htm

Pullman is pleased to welcome the new Superintendent of the Pullman National Monument - Teri Gage

Pullman is pleased to welcome the new Superintendent of the Pullman National Monument - Teri Gage

Student Trainee Park Guide Job in CHICAGO, IL

Student Trainee Park Guide Job in CHICAGO, IL

Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.

National Park Service Awards Contract for Visitor Center At Pullman National Monument
National Park Service Awards Contract for Visitor Center At Pullman National Monument

National Park Service Awards Contract for Visitor Center At Pullman National Monument

Five years after it was established by President Barack Obama, Pullman National Monument in Chicago will in the relatively near future have a visitor center to orient you to the site that captures the American labor movement through the eyes of African-American Pullman railroad car porters.

The Family of Joseph and Martha Jordan (circa. 1910)

The Family of Joseph and Martha Jordan (circa. 1910)


We are continuing to acquire objects we will use for the Pullman House Project. This 1919 Victrola will be used in our WW 1 unit. Crank up the sound and have a listen😁

Thomas Dunbar House

Thomas Dunbar House

Under the tree for the Dunbars was this fabulous tutorial and music book!! We hope your holidays have been joyous and that the new year will fulfill your wishes.

2019 Annual Report

The Historic Pullman Foundation presents it's 2019 Annual Report highlighting some of the events and activities sponsored and presented by the Historic Pullman Foundation and our volunteers over the past year.

Historic Pullman Foundation

Historic Pullman Foundation


Chicago's only National Monument dressed up for the holiday season. Visit beautifully decorated private homes open for one day only - December 8, 4-7 pm. Advance tickets on line at: https://pullmancandlelight2019.bpt.me

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Our partner, the Historic Pullman Foundation, met with a class from the GEMS World Academy Chicago for a great tour of the neighborhood today. Students listened with rapt attention to local resident and guide Tom McMahon, shown here at the Greenstone Church.

images: Interior of Greenstone Church with students seated in pews, listening to guide and close-up of multi-colored rose pattern stained glass window.


11141 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL

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

General information

PLEASE NOTE TEMPORARY CLOSURE ...The Pullman National Monument shared Visitor Information Center is open during posted hours, generally, Tuesday - Sunday. 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.


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PRESENTATION IN PULLMAN ON SUNDAY (tomorrow) Click to see the article in today's Block Club newsletter: https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/02/08/down-our-own-streets-roselands-role-in-underground-railroad-detailed-in-sunday-presentation/
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Had a great time today with Curious City co-hosting a Biketropolis Graceland Cemetery cycling tour. I covered George Pullman, his early career raising houses, Cold Springs Ranch/Pullman Switch, The Town of Pullman, The Strike, Pullman Porters, and Eugene Debs. Relive https://www.relive.cc/view/2493205191 Strava https://strava.app.link/KIA4H7zSWX Photo Album https://m.facebook.com/tom.limon.3/albums/10156997639310622
WHY THE WORK ON CHANGE IN CHICAGO GOVERNMENT HAS JUST BEGUN To bring some sobering reality to the hip-hop euphoria of an Andre Vasquez (formerly the hip-hop artist know as Prime) achieving Tuesday what Rhymefest (aka Che Smith) narrowly came chose to achieving four years ago in upsetting a thoroughly amoral Democratic machine born in hateration against our urban fine arts community, Unkel Mawk wishes to throw some sobering science into the game: *In a legendary 1969 speech at Olivet Baptist Church on Chicago’s Low End, or Near South Side, some weeks before his assassination. Chairman Fred Hampton of the Illinois Black Panther Party observed that having black folk in high office doesn’t assure that they’ll innately look after the interests of the vast majority of chaka zulu brothers and sisters. He illustrated with several examples on shore and off-shore, the Nkrumahs and Duvaliers among the example he cited. Chairman Fred posthumously evolved into a prophet after Harold died and his legislative crew were left to pursue their own self-centered and self-serving paths in public service. See excerpy at https://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/fhamptonspeech.html. Likewise, having folk revered in elected office revered and embraced in hip-hop doesn’t assure that they’ll innate look after the interests of the vast majority of hip-hopheads as voters, taxpayers and businessfolk. To wit, 1) Detroit’s most disgraced former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, identified himself as the Hip-Hop Mayor without doing a blasted thing for heads in the Motor City, is begging the Feds. With hat in hand to reduce his 28-year sentence on multiple corruption charges; 2) At the time of the 1996 Democratic National Hip-Hop Convention at the United Center—when Billary Clinton was bashing hip-hop indirectly from the convention floor, Philly slumlady and feminist Democratic Party opportunist Dolores Tucker had bewitched a clueless U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Chicago) into backing a most predatory witch hunt on hip-hop and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) was the only one speaking up for us—VIBE magazine unilaterally declared U.S. Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Chicago) and Harold Ford Jr. (D-Michigan) the “hip-hop politicians.” Ford, who would’ve been a Blue Dog super-delegate to that nominating gathering was nowhere to be found to response to that labeling, and we were advised that he was more singularly a “house kinda guy.” During a special news conference with the black media (I was the only print journalist at the time who bothered to file published stories from and around the convention hall, providing pool print urban media coverage for the likes of The Source), when my electronic media colleagues were too mortified to ask him the hard questions, I asked JJJ what he had done to earn the VIBE-bestowed title and what he was going to do about the Tucker-led witch hunt to live up to that title. JJJ first glared at us as if I had called him out of his name and then repeated in a major cow of a huff, “These rappers better get themselves together and organize themselves.” Now his words had a basic ring of truth to them, AND the problem was that JJJ didn’t include ALL of hip-hop in his angry advice, nor did he provide specific guidance to us on closing ranks to provide for our common defense. On our end in Chicago, we expedited things and made both Moseley-Braun and Tucker back off with the warning shot of promising to expose some very potentially damaging details of proto-MeToo moments concerning violations against campaign workers by Moseley-Braun’s then South Africa-originating fiancé. Also consider that today’s hip-hop artists, etc., who put themselves out there as queenmakers and kingmakers aren’t particularly aloof from status quo establishment politics that get in the way of progressive change. To wit, Consider that Chance the Rapper’s endorsements for both the nonpartisan municipal election and run-off got kicked to the curb in the polls. Compare with Rhymefest’s endorsee in the run-off election, who won an unprecedented landslide victory of carrying all 50 Chicago wards, which Harold could not achieve in his lifetime. Ergo, like Maya Angelou for blacks and other disaffected groups, they are more political philosophers and less political strategist for hip-hop. *The U.S. Constitution, via the First Amendment, in prohibiting Congress from abridging freedom of speech, infringing on freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble and from interfering with the right to petition representatives in government for redress of grievances, implies that we the People have the clear right and responsibility to assure that our public servants our accountable to us. That collective freedom is underscored in Early American state papers with references to the concept that those who govern us may only do so with consent of those of us they govern. The Illinois Bill of Rights, Art. 1, spells that right and obligation out in Sec. 23, the Fundamental Principles clause. SUCCINCT MORAL: Our public servants—elected, appointed and hired—shall only suit hip-hop’s purposes and needs when actively compel them to do so. So as Jeanette Beatrice Taylor-Azeez, alderwoman-elected of the rehabilitating 20th Ward says, it’s not enough for us to be in spirit in the Chicago City Council Chamber, the Fifth Floor and other influential portions of Chicago City Hall AND the Cook County Bldg. to boot. We MUST physically be all over than civic complex to Ida B. Wells-Barnett agitate, Agitate, AGITATE, like we did for Phase 1 of New Council, i.e. getting Lori Lightfoot and a true progressive aldermanic caucus elected to City Council. In stubborn pursuit of power of, by and for the People, I continue to be my late father’s son, Mark F. Armstrong, Team Leader CHICAGO URBAN FINE ARTS COMMONWEALTH
Great history!!!
Where can we see official photos of the 2017 House Tour?
Someone mentioned there being a couple of menus from the Hotel Florence from the 1920s? I'd like to create a recipe book of vintage recipes from early Pullman and these would come in handy! TIA!