Lombard Historical Society

Lombard Historical Society As the stewards of Lombard’s heritage, we will continue to make history meaningful for the community.
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Join us as we celebrate the season with Victorian Christmas Traditions!Join Rae and Kim as we enjoy a spot of tea and pl...
12/07/2023

Join us as we celebrate the season with Victorian Christmas Traditions!

Join Rae and Kim as we enjoy a spot of tea and pleasant company while learning about how Victorians celebrate the holidays!
Participants will be able to join virtually from the comfort of their own homes. The program is free, but registration is required. Participants will be emailed a zoom link along with tea and menu suggestions.

For $10, participants will receive a goodie bag, including a vintage teacup and saucer and individually wrapped sweets.

For $4, participants will receive just the sweets.

Please register by December 9th if you would like a box of treats. They will be available for pick-up only at 23 W. Maple Street, Lombard, IL 60148.

https://www.lombardhistory.org/new-events-1/2022/12/17/victorian-christmas-virtual-tea-tgyag

Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas; the man we know call Santa Claus has many different names...and that’s not even includ...
12/06/2023

Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas; the man we know call Santa Claus has many different names...and that’s not even including all of the translations in other countries! We often use these names interchangeably...but they are traditionally different characters. Today is St. Nicholas Day so here is the history behind this famous man.
Born in the 3rd century in what is now Turkey, Saint Nicholas was a real man who did great deeds! After his wealthy Christian parents died, Nicholas used the money they left him to assist the needy and the sick, because of this he was known for his generosity, and his love for children.
One of the most common stories associated with St. Nicholas is that of a poor man with three young daughters. In that time, women’s fathers gave future husbands a dowry or a gift of something of value, and as a poor worker, this man did not have the money or property to give away in order to marry off his daughters. On three different occasions, Nicholas went to the house late at night and tossed golden balls in through the window. It is said that they landed in the girl’s shoes. This is where the tradition of giving the gift of oranges, which is said to represent the balls of gold in stockings or shoes comes from.
Below are pictures from 1983 when Santa would visit Lombard via helicopter behind the old Village Hall.

Just arrived and ready for pickup our Lilac Brass ornament is now in store! Didn’t pre-order? Not to worry we do have li...
12/05/2023

Just arrived and ready for pickup our Lilac Brass ornament is now in store! Didn’t pre-order? Not to worry we do have limited quantities still available for purchase.

The Lilac Emporium is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 4pm. Last day to ship is December 19.

https://www.lombardhistory.org/shop-lombard

Baseball is traditionally considered the national pastime of the United States. It is also popular in Lombard as well!. ...
12/05/2023

Baseball is traditionally considered the national pastime of the United States. It is also popular in Lombard as well!. Here is a photo from our Sports Collection of the Lombard baseball team in either 1912 or 1913. This photo is actually the front for a postcard!

With the weather slowly getting colder, we are looking back at a warmer time in Lombard history. Even though Lilac Time ...
12/04/2023

With the weather slowly getting colder, we are looking back at a warmer time in Lombard history. Even though Lilac Time is still many months away, we are always excited to look back at pictures of Lilac Time in its early days. Here is a photo from 1930 of the very first Lilac Queen, Adeline Fleege with the cast of the pageant in front of the First Church of Lombard.

The eighteen long months of the Bicentennial celebration came to a close today in 1976 by honouring the 158th anniversar...
12/03/2023

The eighteen long months of the Bicentennial celebration came to a close today in 1976 by honouring the 158th anniversary of the statehood of Illinois. An early American dinner sponsered by the Bicentennial commission was planned but then cancelled due to lack of interest. The last "Happy Birthday, America!" already had been sung.

#1976

What a fantastic night a special thank you to our volunteers and everyone who came out to Candy Cane Lane Holiday Market...
12/03/2023

What a fantastic night a special thank you to our volunteers and everyone who came out to Candy Cane Lane Holiday Market and JingleBell Jubilee!

Postcards have an amazing ability of helping the viewer see what the moment in time was like. This postcard is part of t...
12/02/2023

Postcards have an amazing ability of helping the viewer see what the moment in time was like. This postcard is part of the Plum Collection. It is a photo postcard, with Horse Shoe Curve, Mt Lowe, California stamped on front. This is the message written on the back:
"Alpine Trail
Dear Aunt Helen, This is one of the most delightful trips we have taken an ideal spot. Glorious scenery. Love, Leone."
It is addressed to Mrs. W.R. Plum, Lombard, Illinois with a green 1 cent George Washington stamp and a postmark that reads Mount Lowe, Cal. April 13 AM 1914.

We are so excited for tomorrow's activities! There is so much happening for JingleBell Jubilee and we have a lot planned...
12/01/2023

We are so excited for tomorrow's activities! There is so much happening for JingleBell Jubilee and we have a lot planned over at 23 W Maple Street.

Starting at 3pm stop by the NEW Candy Cane Lane Holiday Market and enjoy some holiday shopping. FREE Tickets for the Victorian Cottage Tours will be available in the Carriage House (Tours start at 5:45pm) and our FREE ornament children's craft starting at 5pm.

Make sure to check the website for further details.
https://www.lombardhistory.org/new-events-1/2022/12/3/jingle-bell-jubilee-activities-l4fal

For the full list of activities https://lombardparks.com/jubilee/

Dr. Oleson's house in Lombard is forever known as the Santa Claus House. Born in Portland, Maine and a Civil War veteran...
12/01/2023

Dr. Oleson's house in Lombard is forever known as the Santa Claus House. Born in Portland, Maine and a Civil War veteran, he was the first trained doctor in Lombard as he graduated from Harvard Medical School. After his first wife, Abbie, passed away, he married his second wife, Mary Scott Hayden, with whom he fathered four more children. 150 N. Main Street, built in 1885, is a beautiful Queen Anne style house.

It is claimed that Dr. Oleson purchased a railcar load of lumber to build his house with reportedly the same craftsmen and tradesmen as had built his daughter’s house next door at 124 N. Main Street. The five bedroom six bath house reportedly has 57 windows, 3,800 square feet of living space and 1,000 miles of trim. A bay window on the north side overlooks the Illinois Great Western Trail. If you take a ride down north Main Street, make sure to keep an eye put to see all the Santa Claus' out for the holiday and you will see just why it is called the Santa Claus House!

Please remember that this is a private property and to respect the residents living in this historic home.

Pictured below is 150 N. Main Street throughout the years. The first picture even features the good doctor with his first wife and two of their children, though unfortunately there is no date.

It's National Mason Jar Day! While everyone can celebrate the mason jar, home gardeners find them invaluable for canning...
11/30/2023

It's National Mason Jar Day! While everyone can celebrate the mason jar, home gardeners find them invaluable for canning the fruits and vegetables of their labor. All throughout history, humans have hunted and foraged for food. Whatever was available, had to be consumed either right away, or shortly after. Only a few vegetables and fruits could be saved for longer than a few days. Eventually, humans discovered ways to preserve some foods, including drying and salting meats and drying fruits and vegetables. This significantly extended the shelf life of many foods, however the taste and texture weren’t ideal.
On November 30, 1858, John Landis Mason received a U.S. Patent for the Mason jar and revolutionized the world of food safety and storage. The mason jar patent was for a square-shouldered glass jar with a matching lid, rubber ring, and screw top. In addition, the Mason jar is reusable. Over the years, it became available in pint, quart, and half-gallon sizes. The quart size has always been the most popular. The Ball Corporation became the leading manufacturer of canning jars.
Over the past ten or twenty years, and perhaps longer, people began to find alternative uses for Mason jars. Some of these alternatives uses now include using them as drinking glasses, filling a mason jar with the dry recipe ingredients for cakes, cookies, or brownies, adorn them with seasonal decorations and give them away as gifts, or, sell them in stores.

  is today and we are celebrating Ida Grace Matthews Peck! Ida married Frank Peck, a son of Sheldon Peck and Harriet Pec...
11/29/2023

is today and we are celebrating Ida Grace Matthews Peck! Ida married Frank Peck, a son of Sheldon Peck and Harriet Peck. They made their home at the Peck Homestead, selling off some of the farm to real estate developer in the 1920s. The first photo Frank, Ida, and their family standing in the middle of the newly built Grace Street about 1928. The view is to the north, with the Chicago Northwestern Railroad tracks behind them. The Peck House is barely seen on the left side of the photo. The second photo is looking northeast with Ida on the Peck property with the barn buildings. We can barely see the hill with modern houses built on the 205 acres today!

Embrace the spirit of Giving Tuesday with the Lombard Historical Society! 🌟 Your support ensures the preservation of our...
11/28/2023

Embrace the spirit of Giving Tuesday with the Lombard Historical Society! 🌟 Your support ensures the preservation of our cherished history.

For those who generously contribute, we're excited to offer special recognition (depending on your donation) including our 2024 Historic Calendar, gift card to the Lilac Emporium, and one of our holiday ornaments. For more details on how to give this visit https://www.lombardhistory.org/donate-to-the-end-of-year-giving-campaign

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Today in 1851, the Rev. E. E. Wells, Agent of the Western Home and Foreign Mission, gathered together nine persons to dr...
11/28/2023

Today in 1851, the Rev. E. E. Wells, Agent of the Western Home and Foreign Mission, gathered together nine persons to draw up rules and make plans for a church in Babcock's Grove! These nine people orginazed the Congregational Church of Babcock's Grove. Their services were held in the school house with Rev. Charles Boswell as the first minister. In 1873, the First Church of Christ and the Congregational Church merged under the name, First Church of Lombard with Rev. Charles Caverno as pastor in 1873.

🕰️✨ Start your end-of-year giving this Giving Tuesday, let's turn the page on history together! Support the Lombard Hist...
11/27/2023

🕰️✨ Start your end-of-year giving this Giving Tuesday, let's turn the page on history together! Support the Lombard Historical Society and make a lasting impact on the work that we do to make Lombards' history meaningful.

Here are the top 5 reasons you should consider donating to LHS starting tomorrow with Giving Tuesday! https://www.lombardhistory.org/endofyeargiving

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Today, we mourn the loss of Patricia Poskocil, a cherished founding member of the Lombard Historical Society, the Lombar...
11/27/2023

Today, we mourn the loss of Patricia Poskocil, a cherished founding member of the Lombard Historical Society, the Lombard Historic Preservation Commision, and a dedicated longtime resident. Pat’s legacy will continue to live in through all those who continue to learn and visit.

With her passing we wanted to reflect on Pat's remarkable contributions to Lombard and the Lombard Historical Society in a blog post on our website. https://www.lombardhistory.org/blog/2023/11/9/in-memory-patricia-poskocil-1935-2023

All of us here at LHS will miss her greatly...

At request of the family donations can be made to the Sheldon Peck Fund or the LHS General Fund.
Further information will be provided later regarding a celebration of life event.

Allen Hills was born in 1846 in Bloomingdale, Illinois. When he was 15 years old, Allen moved to Chicago to live with hi...
11/27/2023

Allen Hills was born in 1846 in Bloomingdale, Illinois. When he was 15 years old, Allen moved to Chicago to live with his uncle while attending college. In 1872, he married Ellen Patrick and soon brought her to Lombard. Allen Hills studied to be a veterinarian. What Dr. Oleson was to people, Allen Hills was to animals! When coming to Lombard, Allen and his cousin, Carroll Hills, bought the J.B. Hull store which was the only store in town then. It was located on the north side of St. Charles Rd. (then Lake Street) at the north end of Park Ave. which ended there then. An old billhead from the A.E. Hills' store tells us that he dealt in dry goods, groceries, provisions, hardware, medicines, coal, flour, feed, and grain.
Allen was also appointed as postmaster twice by President Grant in 1873 and President Grant in 1881. While he was postmaster, Allen introduced the new penny postal card to Lombard! At the time, the town's post office was in his store. He and his wife had twelve children, nine of which were raised into adulthood. In 1913, Allen Hills retired from business, and he and his wife spent summers at their cottage in Beulah, Michigan. Allen passed away today in 1925 with his wife proceeding the following year. Today, lets remember this amazing gentleman who added to Lombard's history!
Unfortunately, we could not find a photo of Allen Hills, but here is a picture of the A.E. Hills General Store and a photo of his wife Ellen in 1915 at the Lombard Women's Club.

Did you know Louis Marquardt was appointed as postmaster twice by two different Presdients, Hays and Cleveland? Or that ...
11/26/2023

Did you know Louis Marquardt was appointed as postmaster twice by two different Presdients, Hays and Cleveland? Or that he also had a horse named Rex who had a huge appetite for sugar? He would walk right into the Marquardt Brother's Store to get it!
Here's a photo of Louis Marquardt with one of his grandchildren.

Family photos are important and amazing to look back on! Here we have one from the Peck Ingalls Collection!. This photo ...
11/25/2023

Family photos are important and amazing to look back on! Here we have one from the Peck Ingalls Collection!. This photo does not have a date on it but the photo shows Homer Ingalls and Martha Peck Ingalls sitting in their home for the picture. I wonder what Homer Ingalls is reading?

Shop Small Business Saturday at the Lilac Emporium from 10am-4pm!We have so many great items for the holidays! Enjoy 20%...
11/25/2023

Shop Small Business Saturday at the Lilac Emporium from 10am-4pm!

We have so many great items for the holidays! Enjoy 20% off all apparel and drinkware in store only. https://www.lombardhistory.org/shop-lombard

Happy  ! Today we are traveling through this picture of St. Charles Road in 1989 in late November! The Christmas lights ...
11/24/2023

Happy ! Today we are traveling through this picture of St. Charles Road in 1989 in late November! The Christmas lights definitely bring life to this picture! Do you see anything you recognize?

#1989

Have you ever wondered what Thanksgiving could have been like for the Pecks? Here's a writing by Frank Peck about his fa...
11/23/2023

Have you ever wondered what Thanksgiving could have been like for the Pecks? Here's a writing by Frank Peck about his family's Thanksgiving dinner and how it happened when he was younger!
Happy Thanksgiving! Make sure to eat lots of turkey!

As we approach Thanksgiving, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your continued support. In the spirit of the h...
11/22/2023

As we approach Thanksgiving, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your continued support. In the spirit of the holiday, we'll be taking a short break to spend time with our loved ones and reflect on the blessings of the year.

Staff Offices and the Museums will be closed from November 22-24 and we will reopen on Small Business Saturday at 10am.

https://www.lombardhistory.org/

For  , here's a photo of the 4th of July parade in 1927! This picture is of the Bowling Alley float with Sol Berman in t...
11/22/2023

For , here's a photo of the 4th of July parade in 1927! This picture is of the Bowling Alley float with Sol Berman in the front. The tall building in the back was the A.E. Hill store on Lake Street. The building was razed to allow the extension of Park Ave North of St. Charles Road.

A NEW WAY TO GIVE TO LHS!As you are planning your end of year giving we are pleased to introduce a new avenue for giving...
11/20/2023

A NEW WAY TO GIVE TO LHS!
As you are planning your end of year giving we are pleased to introduce a new avenue for giving that will empower our organization in profound ways - the Lombard Historical Society Endowment Fund at the DuPage Foundation.

To learn more about how to give to LHS Endowment Fund visit https://www.lombardhistory.org/endofyeargiving

Photograph: LHS Staff, Board of Management, and Volunteers at this years Food Truck Social.

Today in 1848, the Board of Directors, a number of stockholders, and several newspaper editors boarded the second-hand c...
11/20/2023

Today in 1848, the Board of Directors, a number of stockholders, and several newspaper editors boarded the second-hand cars of the Galena and Union Railroad for a "flying trip" over second-hand rails to the Des Plaines River, ten miles away. This was all behind the engine known to fame as the "Pioneer!" Want to learn more? Head over to the Sheldon Peck Homestead tomorrow from 12 to 4pm to learn more about Lombard being a "Three Train Town."

It's fun to look back post cards from the past and who they were meant for. Sometimes, we are lucky and are able to read...
11/19/2023

It's fun to look back post cards from the past and who they were meant for. Sometimes, we are lucky and are able to read a message that was being sent to the receiver. This card is just like that! This was sent to a beloved niece in 1911!

As the year draws to a close, and we approach the end of another remarkable year at the Lombard Historical Society, we a...
11/18/2023

As the year draws to a close, and we approach the end of another remarkable year at the Lombard Historical Society, we are filled with gratitude for the unwavering support and dedication of our members and the Lombard Community.

With that being said, we invite you to participate in our annual 2023 End of Year Giving Campaign – that starts on Giving Tuesday, November 28th this year.

2023 Highlights
-New Educational Programing: Over 60 Programs!
-Three Temporary Exhibitions
-New Collection and Archive Database
-Successful Fundraiser
-New Historic Lombard Book

https://www.lombardhistory.org/endofyeargiving

Books from the past are always fun to look back at! Here is one from the collections called, "Stepping Stones For Little...
11/18/2023

Books from the past are always fun to look back at! Here is one from the collections called, "Stepping Stones For Little Feet" by Aunt Fannie written in 1876. It was gifted to the Historical Society in 1979 by Carol Fippinger!

Sometimes it seems as if time really began to the Lombard residents in 1918! That year is when the sewer became a realit...
11/17/2023

Sometimes it seems as if time really began to the Lombard residents in 1918! That year is when the sewer became a reality. The board of trustees received fifteen requests for connections to the sewer. This meant inside plumbing!It wouldn't be long until all the toilets were inside with the little outhouses with crescents cut into the doors for "hers," and full moons for "his," soon be removed. Not all were distroyed however as the Lombard Historical Society has one! It used to stand in the back of the Victorian Cottage for show, but now resides behind the Carriage House!

Button Day is a holiday we should all celebrate more often! Today is a fun day to collect, use, and just enjoy buttons. ...
11/16/2023

Button Day is a holiday we should all celebrate more often! Today is a fun day to collect, use, and just enjoy buttons. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. There is an amazingly endless variety for your collection! Here at the Historical Society, we have plenty of buttons on Victorian garments! Here are just a few!

Things are really coming together with decorating the Victorian Cottage for JingleBell Jubilee  and this Sundays holiday...
11/16/2023

Things are really coming together with decorating the Victorian Cottage for JingleBell Jubilee and this Sundays holiday photograph sessions.

Slots are still available where Ian Healy Photography will photograph up to six people within a fifteen-minute session on November 19 from 9am-5pm.

Families will receive up to five digital photos from the shoot. Mini Sessions are $175. Book your session today! https://www.lombardhistory.org/new-events-1/2022/11/20/holiday-portraits-in-the-victorian-cottage-j5t83

Ever wonder what the Peck Homestead looked from the inside when Sheldon Peck still lived there? We have a likely sketch ...
11/15/2023

Ever wonder what the Peck Homestead looked from the inside when Sheldon Peck still lived there? We have a likely sketch from Charles Peck, Sheldon's second son, of the kitchen area in the home. The sketch is of a woman, apparently cooking, in a rustic room with domestic furnishings with a prominent fireplace flute. This area would have been the main room in the Homestead and still is when you walk through the house. The fireplace flute would have been in the middle of the room where the half wall is now! Want to check out this sketch? Head over to the Sheldon Peck Homestead on Thursday from 12pm to 4pm!

The Sheldon Peck Homestead is closed for today as the Lombard Historical Society is preparing for Christmas at the Victo...
11/14/2023

The Sheldon Peck Homestead is closed for today as the Lombard Historical Society is preparing for Christmas at the Victorian Cottage. The Homestead will be open at regular hours on Thursday. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
The Carriage House will still be open from 10 AM to 4 PM today.

It's always interesting to see old school books that were used in the past. Here is a McGuffeys Reader from 1866. It was...
11/14/2023

It's always interesting to see old school books that were used in the past. Here is a McGuffeys Reader from 1866. It was donated by Foster C. Rinefort in August of 1988 and even though it is in poor condition, we can still read most pages!

#1866

During January the LHS staff and volunteers are hard at work doing a lot of the behind the scenes activities.  Are Inter...
01/06/2023

During January the LHS staff and volunteers are hard at work doing a lot of the behind the scenes activities. Are Intern Katline and volunteer Steve were helping with our book collection today.

During construction of the new addition there was also work done in the archives and collection to provide better environment conditions.

We’re working on getting things really clean, a fresh coat of paint, and making some changes to the organization of the collection.

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The Lombard Historical Society

Late in 1969, a small coalition of Centennial committee members and volunteers, who had worked on a mini-museum led to the formation of the Lombard Historical Society. Mrs. Wallace became the first president. Lifetime and yearly membership opened through the first annual meeting.

At the meeting, on April 27, 1970, the Lombard Centennial, Inc., became a memory; with its remaining assets donated to the society, it became the benefactor in the launching of the Lombard Historical Society. Mayor Holloman proclaimed April 27-May3 as “ History Week” in honor of the new society, which at the end boasted 175 charter members.

After much study and search the society settled on 23 W. Maple Street where it would house its offices, collection, and display space. On August 2, 1971, the Village of Lombard purchased the almost 100-year-old home for the Society. Nine months later, under the direction of Mrs. Wallace, totaling thousands of volunteer hours the old residence was restored to its original state.

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