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.
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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 resu

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 resu

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As we evolve to serve as the "friends of" group to Pullman National Monument, National Park Service, our Board and Commi...
06/17/2021

As we evolve to serve as the "friends of" group to Pullman National Monument, National Park Service, our Board and Committees are growing, too. In the past year, we've welcomed 3 new Board members and 9 new Committee members, some of whom you see here at a recent strategic planning retreat.

We welcome your participation in serving the Historic Pullman Foundation. Contact us at [email protected] to learn more about opportunities to get involved.

(Photo credit: HPF Board member Richard Wilson)

As we evolve to serve as the "friends of" group to Pullman National Monument, National Park Service, our Board and Committees are growing, too. In the past year, we've welcomed 3 new Board members and 9 new Committee members, some of whom you see here at a recent strategic planning retreat.

We welcome your participation in serving the Historic Pullman Foundation. Contact us at [email protected] to learn more about opportunities to get involved.

(Photo credit: HPF Board member Richard Wilson)

A great idea from Pullman National Monument, National Park Service--stock your summer reading list with Pullman-themed b...
06/09/2021

A great idea from Pullman National Monument, National Park Service--stock your summer reading list with Pullman-themed books. Check out the bibliography list on our website for some suggestions: http://www.pullmanil.org/bibliography.htm.

It’s time to start your summer reading off with some Pullman themed books

June’s featured book: The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, The Guilded Age, and The Greatest Labor Uprising in America by Jack Kelly.

In 2019, Kelly wrote this exploration of the Pullman Strike, calling the action "the greatest labor uprising in U.S. history." Juxtaposing George Pullman's life and views with those of union leader Eugene Debs, the book gives context to the events leading up to the 1894 boycott, while immersing the reader in the Gilded Age.

Check out at your local library.

“Pullman is an incredible example of what a national park can do in a living, breathing community — both to bring to lif...
06/03/2021
Pullman Artspace Lofts complex marks historic community’s first multifamily development in 60 years

“Pullman is an incredible example of what a national park can do in a living, breathing community — both to bring to life the stories of the American experience, and to provide that economic opportunity that strengthens communities and makes them more livable,” Joseph Szabo, president of the Historic Pullman Foundation, said.

Read the rest of this wonderful article about progress in Pullman, also featuring Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, PullmanArts, Pullman National Monument, National Park Service, Pullman State Historic Site, and Alderman Anthony A. Beale, on the Chicago Tribune's website.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/real-estate/ct-re-pullman-artspace-lofts-0527-20210602-2csd3wwpffderasg3xlh3jtjji-story.html

Historic preservation and new construction mesh to create affordable living space for artists in the North Pullman Historic District.

Mark your calendars for Labor Day weekend, September 4 and 5, for the official Grand Opening of the Pullman National Mon...
06/01/2021

Mark your calendars for Labor Day weekend, September 4 and 5, for the official Grand Opening of the Pullman National Monument, and State Historic Site. We look forward to helping to host an exciting weekend filled with activities and events throughout Pullman! Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more details, including how to participate and volunteer.

Save the Date for Labor Day Weekend 2021 for the Grand Opening of Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site! Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and 5, we will welcome the public to our brand new Visitor Center and grounds in Chicago. Plan to join us for a weekend full of activities, including timed tours of the Visitor Center and Hotel Florence, interpretive programming, live music, and food trucks. Scheduled are the Jesse White Tumblers, and partner-led activities including a car caravan organized by the Pullman Civic Organization, the Urban Renaissance festival at the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, Historic Pullman Foundation programming, and more. Visitors will be immersed in Pullman’s stories of rail innovation, civil and labor rights, immigration, and preservation.

Stay tuned for more details later this month, including how to take part in tours of the Visitor Center and Hotel Florence.

Image: Save the Date reminder with Clock Tower image

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"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell We honor all those...
05/31/2021

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell

We honor all those who have given their lives in service to our country on this Memorial Day.

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell

We honor all those who have given their lives in service to our country on this Memorial Day.

Pullman is among Fodor's 20 Ultimate Things to See and Do in Chicago!  Check it out here: https://www.fodors.com/world/n...
05/18/2021

Pullman is among Fodor's 20 Ultimate Things to See and Do in Chicago! Check it out here: https://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/illinois/chicago/experiences/news/photos/20-ultimate-things-to-do-in-chicago

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Pullman is among Fodor's 20 Ultimate Things to See and Do in Chicago! Check it out here: https://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/illinois/chicago/experiences/news/photos/20-ultimate-things-to-do-in-chicago

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05/16/2021

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We love when Pullman's rich history is preserved and spun into a new, forward-looking story that benefits our entire com...
05/01/2021

We love when Pullman's rich history is preserved and spun into a new, forward-looking story that benefits our entire community. Today we celebrate the start of restoration of the last 35 unoccupied homes in Pullman’s historic district! Vacant for decades, these row houses' architectural character and historic significance will be preserved, and they will once again be the affordable, single-family homes they once were, thanks to investment by the City of Chicago, Cook County Land Bank Authority, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives and Area Wide Realty.

HPF has a new brand!Hope you like our new look.
04/30/2021

HPF has a new brand!
Hope you like our new look.

HPF has a new brand!
Hope you like our new look.

A Sure Sign of Spring:First Sunday of the MonthPullman Walking Tours Start May 2ndGet outdoors and enjoy a guided tour o...
04/29/2021

A Sure Sign of Spring:
First Sunday of the Month
Pullman Walking Tours Start May 2nd

Get outdoors and enjoy a guided tour of the Historic Pullman District on May 2nd as we kick off our first Sunday of the Month walking tours for 2021! First Sunday of the Month tours begin at 1:30 pm at the Historic Pullman Foundation and Pullman National Monument shared Visitor Center at 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL. On-site parking is available. The Visitor Center has COVID-19 safety protocols in place; and visitors are required to wear masks. The guided tour lasts about 90 minutes and cost $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors & students. Tours are limited to 10 people per group and you pay at the door. For tour reservations call 773-785-8901. If no one's available, leave your name & phone number.
Call to reserve your place on the May 2nd Walking Tour & take a walk through history in Pullman!
First Sunday of the Month Guided Walking Tours run May through October.

A Sure Sign of Spring:
First Sunday of the Month
Pullman Walking Tours Start May 2nd

Get outdoors and enjoy a guided tour of the Historic Pullman District on May 2nd as we kick off our first Sunday of the Month walking tours for 2021! First Sunday of the Month tours begin at 1:30 pm at the Historic Pullman Foundation and Pullman National Monument shared Visitor Center at 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL. On-site parking is available. The Visitor Center has COVID-19 safety protocols in place; and visitors are required to wear masks. The guided tour lasts about 90 minutes and cost $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors & students. Tours are limited to 10 people per group and you pay at the door. For tour reservations call 773-785-8901. If no one's available, leave your name & phone number.
Call to reserve your place on the May 2nd Walking Tour & take a walk through history in Pullman!
First Sunday of the Month Guided Walking Tours run May through October.

03/17/2021

The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust awarded the Historic Pullman Foundation a grant to strengthen HPF’s fundraising and communications efforts. The capacity-building grant comes as HPF formalizes its role as Pullman National Monument’s (PNM) “friends organization.” The partnership with National Park Service became official on February 19, 2021.
The Trust’s support will enable HPF to address three key goals outlined in its strategic plan.
+ Increase revenue to ensure that HPF and PNM have the funding they need to support their future priorities.
+ Enhance visibility so that Chicago’s only national park is well known in the Chicago region and beyond; and HPF is known as the vehicle to support it.
+ Partner with PNM to ensure that it is an accessible and welcoming place where visitors discover and understand the relevance of the many stories of Pullman.
“We are honored to receive this grant,” said HPF President, Joseph Szabo. “The Trust’s generous support is significant as we expand our mission to create opportunities for all people to experience and understand the continuing American story that is Pullman."

03/11/2021

A Sign of Spring
Our Visitor Center Reopens Friday, March 12th!

The Historic Pullman Foundation and Pullman National Monument shared Visitor Center at 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm beginning Friday, March 12th. So plan a visit soon. National Park Rangers will be at the Visitor Center to greet you. You can see a short film about Pullman’s history, once described as the “world’s most perfect town.” View exhibits of original artifacts, Pullman railroad memorabilia and much more.

The Visitor Center follows COVID-19 health protocols requiring face masks and social distancing.

Make the most of warmer days ahead and take a walk back in time in Pullman!

Congratulations to Pat and Mike Shymanski, who received the first Annual Pullman Partner Award in recognition of their c...
02/24/2021

Congratulations to Pat and Mike Shymanski, who received the first Annual Pullman Partner Award in recognition of their commitment to Pullman and their outstanding contributions to Pullman National Monument. PNM Superintendent Teri Gage presented the award during a celebration of the Monument's 6th anniversary on Feb. 19. It is a well-deserved tribute to the 50-plus years Mike and Pat have devoted to preserving Pullman’s history.

Congratulations to Pat and Mike Shymanski, who received the first Annual Pullman Partner Award in recognition of their commitment to Pullman and their outstanding contributions to Pullman National Monument. PNM Superintendent Teri Gage presented the award during a celebration of the Monument's 6th anniversary on Feb. 19. It is a well-deserved tribute to the 50-plus years Mike and Pat have devoted to preserving Pullman’s history.

In the 6 years since then President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Proclamation establishing Pullman as a National M...
02/18/2021

In the 6 years since then President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Proclamation establishing Pullman as a National Monument, the National Park Service and our Pullman partners have been hard at work to prepare Pullman National Monument for its public opening this fall.

Join us Friday, February 19 at 2 pm on Facebook Live to celebrate all that we have accomplished in 6 years, as well as all that is to come! The virtual celebration will include a preview of the newly renovated Administration Clock Tower Building and exhibit plans for the new visitor center, a reflection on 50 years in Pullman from some of our dear Pullman residents, and a toast to six years from our partners. Witness the signing of the official friends group agreement between the National Park Service and the Historic Pullman Foundation, as well as surprises and guest appearances throughout the event. Tune in and join us for this anniversary celebration at: (14) Pullman National Monument 6th Anniversary Celebration | Facebook

Unable to join us at the live event? A recording of the celebration will be posted on the National Park Service website.

In the 6 years since then President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Proclamation establishing Pullman as a National Monument, the National Park Service and our Pullman partners have been hard at work to prepare Pullman National Monument for its public opening this fall.

Join us Friday, February 19 at 2 pm on Facebook Live to celebrate all that we have accomplished in 6 years, as well as all that is to come! The virtual celebration will include a preview of the newly renovated Administration Clock Tower Building and exhibit plans for the new visitor center, a reflection on 50 years in Pullman from some of our dear Pullman residents, and a toast to six years from our partners. Witness the signing of the official friends group agreement between the National Park Service and the Historic Pullman Foundation, as well as surprises and guest appearances throughout the event. Tune in and join us for this anniversary celebration at: (14) Pullman National Monument 6th Anniversary Celebration | Facebook

Unable to join us at the live event? A recording of the celebration will be posted on the National Park Service website.

GOOD NEWS!Historic Pullman Foundation (HPF) is one of 36 partner organizations to receive a Strong Parks, Strong Communi...
01/26/2021
National Park Foundation

GOOD NEWS!
Historic Pullman Foundation (HPF) is one of 36 partner organizations to receive a Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity-building grant from the National Park Foundation (NPF)!

We will use the grant to revamp our website. NPF is the official nonprofit partner to the National Park Service https://www.nationalparks.org/.

"We're very excited to be a recipient of this capacity-building grant and thank NPF for its support," said HPF President Joseph Szabo. "The grant will help us increase visibility for Pullman and expand ways for us to engage with visitors, students, funders, volunteers, and other with an interest in this unique place and its history."

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We wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year!Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and continued suppo...
12/22/2020

We wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year!

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and continued support from people like you, we were able to accomplish a lot in this challenging year.

Here's a brief look back at 2020.
We welcomed new Pullman National Monument Superintendent, Teri Gage.
We launched our online Be Monumental Membership Campaign.
We expanded our Historic Pullman Foundation Board.
We held a successful virtual "Annual Pullman House Tour."
We conducted in-person first Sunday of the Month walking tours.
And most important, work continues to move forward at Pullman National Monument, which remains on-track for its opening on Labor Day weekend 2021!
And while we had to postpone this year's Annual Pullman Candlelight House Walk, plan on celebrating this very popular holiday event with us next year.

We look forward to 2021 and all the exciting things ahead. In the meantime, thank you for your generous donations and support. We could not have done it without you!

Thanks to your generous Giving Tuesday donations, the Historic Pullman Foundation has raised over $4,000 and counting! Y...
12/03/2020

Thanks to your generous Giving Tuesday donations, the Historic Pullman Foundation has raised over $4,000 and counting! Your continued support enables us to preserve Pullman and the history surrounding America's first model industrial town, and the exciting future ahead when Pullman National Monument opens next year.

Pullman's stories are America's stories. Your gifts help ensure these stories continue to be told. Thank you!

TODAY'S THE DAY FOR GIVING!Giving Tuesday kicked off today Dec.1st at 7:00 am, and we're asking you to "Be Monumental" b...
11/21/2020

TODAY'S THE DAY FOR GIVING!
Giving Tuesday kicked off today Dec.1st at 7:00 am, and we're asking you to "Be Monumental" by helping us raise $10,000. Your gift, no matter the amount, helps the Historic Pullman Foundation continue our mission of providing education and resources that help preserve Pullman for future generations in partnership with Pullman National Monument set to open in 2021. Facebook will match a total of $7 million in donations on a first-come, first-served basis. So, donate early to double your impact!

"Be Monumental" with a donation to the Historic Pullman Foundation!

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service
11/13/2020

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Fall schedule update: As of November 13th the Shared Visitor Information Center located at 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave will be offering 20 minute tours at 11:30 a.m. 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. As always the Shared Visitor Information Center is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.. Hope to see you here!

3 Days Left to Weigh In! We need your input to help us best communicate with you. Please take this short survey, which w...
11/10/2020
Historic Pullman Foundation Communications Survey

3 Days Left to Weigh In!

We need your input to help us best communicate with you. Please take this short survey, which we are conducting in partnership with the National Park Service-Pullman National Monument, by November 25. Your responses will help us improve how we connect with you and others about the latest news at the Historic Pullman Foundation and what’s happening at Pullman National Monument. And please share this survey with anyone you know who cares about Pullman. Thank you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6J22TBJ

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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

PLEASE NOTE TEMPORARY HOURS ...The Pullman National Monument shared Visitor Information Center is open during posted hours, Friday - Sunday, 11am - 3pm. The Visitor Center is FREE to the public. Groups over 10 people are required to make an advance reservation. 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
MY STUDENTS PAINTED A MURAL ABOUT PULLMAN HISTORY IN PILLMAN SCHOOL.
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!!!
FYI
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!