Highland Park Historical Society

Highland Park Historical Society The Society's mission is to preserve and make accessible the the Community's rich history through research, programs, exhibits, and museums.
Visit Highland Park's Historical Society Museums, including Frances Stupey Cabin, and Research Center at the Public Library. You'll learn a lot about our past and little about yourself. Enjoy the unique sites and glorious stories. Highland Park is a town rich in history and culture.
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National Historical Publications and Records Commission
06/19/2020

National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Today is Juneteenth or Freedom Day, commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. The news arrived was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had become official on January 1, 1863.



With support from the NHPRC, the Freedmen and Southern Society Project was established in 1976 at the University of Maryland to capture the essence of that revolution by depicting the drama of emancipation in the words of the participants: liberated slaves and defeated slaveholders, soldiers and civilians, common folk and the elite, Northerners and Southerners.



Drawing upon the records at the National Archives of the United States, the project's editors pored over millions of documents, selecting some 50,000 between the beginning of the Civil War in 1861 to the beginning of Radical Reconstruction in 1867. The documents uncovered by the project's editors are presented in Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867. A total of nine volumes of Freedom is projected; six have been published to date.



You can read more about it at http://www.freedmen.umd.edu/

Cub Scout Pack 137, July 4 1967.http://highlandparkhistory.libraryhost.com/index.php/image-200-223As this year's City of...
06/19/2020

Cub Scout Pack 137, July 4 1967.
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As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a #SocialDistancingParade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Sparkling Spring Mineral Water float, Highland Park Day, 1915.  The natural aquifer on the Tillman farm filled bottles f...
06/18/2020

Sparkling Spring Mineral Water float, Highland Park Day, 1915. The natural aquifer on the Tillman farm filled bottles from 1896 into the 21st century. ( The company was acquired by Nestle-owned Perrier in 2002. ) http://highlandparkhistory.libraryhost.com/index.php/highland-park-day-parade-real-photo-postcards

As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a #SocialDistancingParade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

National Historical Publications and Records Commission
06/17/2020

National Historical Publications and Records Commission

In Seattle in 1906, the price of produce—onions namely—soared, leaving the farmers none the richer and the citizens angry over the price gouging. The following summer, Seattle City Councilman Thomas Revelle proposed the city create a public market place where farmers and consumers could meet directly to sell and buy goods and thereby sidelining the wholesalers.

On the public market’s first day, August 17, 1907, crowds of shoppers seeking fresh produce and bargains descended upon the new marketplace. The first farmer sold out of produce within minutes. Within a week, 70 wagons were gathering daily to sell along the newly named Pike Place, a wooden roadway that connected First St. to Western Ave. In just a few years, the Pike Place Market was such an attraction that it was featured on postcards, such as this one from the collection of the Seattle Municipal Archives.

The Seattle Municipal Archives was established in 1985 with a two-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

The Municipal Archives holdings document the history, development, and activities of the agencies and elected officials of the City of Seattle. Strengths of the records include those documenting engineering, parks, urban planning, the legislative process and elected officials. Holdings include over 13,000 linear feet of textual records; 3,000 maps and drawings, 3,000 audiotapes; hundreds of hours of motion picture film; and over 1.5 million photographic images of City projects and personnel.

Last year, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the city, the SMA put together highlights from its collection at http://archives.seattle.gov/digital-collections/index.php/Gallery/296

Squires Drum and Bugle Corps passes Dutch Mill Gardens, Independence Day, circa 1972-1974. As this year's City of Highla...
06/17/2020

Squires Drum and Bugle Corps passes Dutch Mill Gardens, Independence Day, circa 1972-1974.
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a #SocialDistancingParade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a #SocialDistancingParade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Highland Park Day, 1915.  It looks like the Duffy party is crossing the bridge to what is now named Central Park for the...
06/16/2020

Highland Park Day, 1915. It looks like the Duffy party is crossing the bridge to what is now named Central Park for the festivities and games.
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a #SocialDistancingParade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

For Flag day, a parade image, circa 1967-1972.  http://highlandparkhistory.libraryhost.com/index.php/image-105As this ye...
06/15/2020

For Flag day, a parade image, circa 1967-1972. http://highlandparkhistory.libraryhost.com/index.php/image-105
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a #SocialDistancingParade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Children on decorated bicycles have been a long-time feature of Highland Park parades.  This is Highland Park Day, 1913....
06/14/2020

Children on decorated bicycles have been a long-time feature of Highland Park parades. This is Highland Park Day, 1913. Gift of the Cope family.
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As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a #SocialDistancingParade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Historical Society float, July 4, 1972, in honor of the birthday of Historical Society founder and first curator, Robert...
06/12/2020

Historical Society float, July 4, 1972, in honor of the birthday of Historical Society founder and first curator, Robert G. (Bob) Robinson. (Thanks for the idea, Bill Brown.) It is thanks to Robinson that we have good documentation (and much, much more) of the early collection efforts. Robinson may be driving the car. http://highlandparkhistory.libraryhost.com/index.php/087
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a #SocialDistancingParade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Highland Park Day Fire Department Float, 1910sAs this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be he...
06/12/2020

Highland Park Day Fire Department Float, 1910s
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a #SocialDistancingParade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Highland Park (?) Fire Department float passing Garnett's, July 4,1970.As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - ...
06/11/2020

Highland Park (?) Fire Department float passing Garnett's, July 4,1970.
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a #SocialDistancingParade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Today, on #internationalarchivesday we continue our #socialdistancingparade with an image of a favorite group of histori...
06/09/2020

Today, on #internationalarchivesday we continue our #socialdistancingparade with an image of a favorite group of historical Highland Parkers, lifeguards at the City's first public beach created (and chaperoned) by the women of the first woman's club, the Ossoli Club. (The HP Woman's Club Highland Park Community House was the first independent woman's club. Ossoli was affiliated with the Highland Park Club as was this group, the Young Men's Club Life Saving Crew.) Highland Park Day, 1915 Gift of Robert Roeber. http://highlandparkhistory.libraryhost.com/index.php/highland-park-day-parade-real-photo-postcards
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a Social Distancing Parade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Parade float, circa 1965-1972   #mysteryphotomonday Surely, there is a story to the bathtub?  http://highlandparkhistory...
06/09/2020

Parade float, circa 1965-1972 #mysteryphotomonday Surely, there is a story to the bathtub? http://highlandparkhistory.libraryhost.com/index.php/139
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a Social Distancing Parade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Highland Park Day Parade, circa 1913.  A float that looks to be a bi-plane.  Gift of @Highland-ParkHighwood-Rotary-Club-...
06/08/2020

Highland Park Day Parade, circa 1913. A float that looks to be a bi-plane. Gift of @Highland-ParkHighwood-Rotary-Club-109433282504026
http://highlandparkhistory.libraryhost.com/index.php/highland-park-day-parade-real-photo-postcards
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a Social Distancing Parade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Parade characters passing Garnett's on Central Ave. , 1970 / by Henry X Arenberg http://highlandparkhistory.libraryhost....
06/07/2020

Parade characters passing Garnett's on Central Ave. , 1970 / by Henry X Arenberg
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As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a Social Distancing Parade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Highland Park Day Parade photo, circa 1911-1915.  Gift of Anna H. Ringdahl #fridayflowers http://highlandparkhistory.lib...
06/06/2020

Highland Park Day Parade photo, circa 1911-1915. Gift of Anna H. Ringdahl #fridayflowers
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As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a Social Distancing Parade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Parade clowns, 1972 / by Henry X Arenberg  In the background, there is a man in a fur coat with a Saint Bernard dog.http...
06/05/2020

Parade clowns, 1972 / by Henry X Arenberg In the background, there is a man in a fur coat with a Saint Bernard dog.
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As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a Social Distancing Parade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Duffy City Express Float, Highland Park Day Parade, 1915.  #captionthis  ( Win a print of your choice.)http://highlandpa...
06/03/2020

Duffy City Express Float, Highland Park Day Parade, 1915. #captionthis ( Win a print of your choice.)
http://highlandparkhistory.libraryhost.com/index.php/highland-park-day-parade-real-photo-postcards Gift of Robert Roeber
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a Social Distancing Parade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Bishop Heating (1943-2015) -- now @RaviniaPlumbingHeating car in parade with "Old, But Reliable" placard, circa 1971.  P...
06/02/2020

Bishop Heating (1943-2015) -- now @RaviniaPlumbingHeating car in parade with "Old, But Reliable" placard, circa 1971. Photo by Henry X Arenberg
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a Social Distancing Parade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.
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Highland Park Day Parade Viewing stand, circa 1915.  #mysteryphotomonday Can you identify anyone?  http://highlandparkhi...
06/01/2020

Highland Park Day Parade Viewing stand, circa 1915. #mysteryphotomonday Can you identify anyone? http://highlandparkhistory.libraryhost.com/index.php/highland-park-day-parade-real-photo-postcards
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a Social Distancing Parade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Independence day float for Forty and Eight -Voiture Nationale  , La Société des quarante hommes and huit chevaux, circa ...
05/31/2020

Independence day float for Forty and Eight -Voiture Nationale , La Société des quarante hommes and huit chevaux, circa 1963, an American Veterans' group formed 100 years ago. http://highlandparkhistory.libraryhost.com/index.php/179
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a Social Distancing Parade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

Highland Park Day Parade, circa 1912.  The float is not identified, but it may be Ravinia Festival ? Acts from Madame Bu...
05/30/2020

Highland Park Day Parade, circa 1912. The float is not identified, but it may be Ravinia Festival ? Acts from Madame Butterfly were performed by the opera company, July-August 1912, with Jane Abercrombie and Edna Darch, sopranos; Frances Ingram, contralto; Henri Baron tenor; Hugh Anderson, bass, and Louis Kreidler and George Everett, baritones as that season's "stars." Gift of Robert Roeber.
As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a Social Distancing Parade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

The Highwood Chamber of Commerce  float promotes its events in a late 1960s parade photograph by Henry X Arenberg.  The ...
05/29/2020

The Highwood Chamber of Commerce float promotes its events in a late 1960s parade photograph by Henry X Arenberg. The Highland Park Illinois Chamber of Commerce * has sponsored HP parades since the 1910s when parades took place in August as part of "Highland Park Days"

*Originally named the Highland Park Business Men's Association, the organization had no gender (or religious) restrictions, and women business owners were active members. However, non business operators like teachers or civil servants were not admitted. That changed fifteen years later.
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As this year's City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government will not be held for safety reasons due to COVID-19, the Highland Park Historical Society will be leading a Social Distancing Parade. We welcome submissions and comments, please message us via social media or email us at archives @ highlandparkhistory.org .We are especially appreciative when people are able to identify (and correct) people and places.

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P.O. Box 331
Highland Park, IL
60035

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Tuesday 09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 21:00
Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
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Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

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C&NW at Highland Park in 1932. Unknown photographer.
1928 Deerfield Rd. Highland Park, Ill ca. 1962.
Hey does anybody remember the name of the discount store at Deerbrook Mall back in the 70's?????
See you there!
Hal Axelrod, your mother once arranged for me to do a mini-concert here.
help celebrate Chicago area cemeteries. Here is a DNAinfo news article published Thursday:
For those researching your family history, I cordially invite you all to visit my free genealogy indexes website for old county histories. Most include a link to the original text online so you can do your own look-ups. Just click the "Free Indexes" link at the left side or bottom of any page to browse all the indexes currently available. Follow EveryNameIndex on Facebook to find out when new indexes are added. Feel free to suggest the name of a county/state you'd like to see indexed. I hope you all find something helpful.
Does anyone have photos of the old Garrity's general store on Deerfield Road? How about the Peacock Palace arcade on Skokie Blvd. Here's Phil Johnson's restaurant, which stood at the southeast corner of Lake Cook and Waukegan. Would love to see other old places we've lost... especially these early 1900s farm buildings that survived into the 1990s.
Where's post about Stupey cabin meeting tommorrow nite???