1950s Park Forest House Museum

1950s Park Forest House Museum Represents an original townhome in the first five years of the Village, 1948-1953. Displays home furnishings, books, children's books, toys, dolls.

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, at 227 Monee Road, inside St. Mary's Catholic Church, interprets an original rental townhome furnished as it might have been from 1948-1953. A museum visit is a great way to get acquainted with Park Forest, Illinois' unique history as the first fully-planned post-World War II suburb It is a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane for anyone who lived in the 1950s or 19

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, at 227 Monee Road, inside St. Mary's Catholic Church, interprets an original rental townhome furnished as it might have been from 1948-1953. A museum visit is a great way to get acquainted with Park Forest, Illinois' unique history as the first fully-planned post-World War II suburb It is a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane for anyone who lived in the 1950s or 19

Operating as usual

The Museum is open today 1-3:30 p.m. Come for a nostalgic visit!  Family friendly.
10/30/2021

The Museum is open today 1-3:30 p.m. Come for a nostalgic visit! Family friendly.

The Museum is open today 1-3:30 p.m. Come for a nostalgic visit! Family friendly.

The museum is open today, 1-3:30 p.m.  Family friendly.  Come on out for a visit!
10/23/2021

The museum is open today, 1-3:30 p.m. Family friendly. Come on out for a visit!

The museum is open today, 1-3:30 p.m. Family friendly. Come on out for a visit!

Another beautiful day to visit the museum.  Open 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Family friendly.
10/16/2021

Another beautiful day to visit the museum. Open 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Family friendly.

Another beautiful day to visit the museum. Open 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Family friendly.

This is a beautiful fall day for visiting the Museum.  Family friendly.Open Wednesdays and Saturdays 1-3:30 p.m. or at o...
10/09/2021

This is a beautiful fall day for visiting the Museum. Family friendly.
Open Wednesdays and Saturdays 1-3:30 p.m. or at other times by appointment for small groups.

This is a beautiful fall day for visiting the Museum. Family friendly.
Open Wednesdays and Saturdays 1-3:30 p.m. or at other times by appointment for small groups.

The museum will be open today, 1-3:30 p.m.
09/25/2021

The museum will be open today, 1-3:30 p.m.

The museum will be open today, 1-3:30 p.m.

09/23/2021
Attend our Annual Meeting/Election and Program, "The Dixie Highway in Illinois," Sunday, September 26, 2021, 2:30 p.m. a...
09/23/2021

Attend our Annual Meeting/Election and Program, "The Dixie Highway in Illinois," Sunday, September 26, 2021, 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary's and get to see this exhibit.

Attend our Annual Meeting/Election and Program, "The Dixie Highway in Illinois," Sunday, September 26, 2021, 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary's and get to see this exhibit.

09/22/2021

Due to a family emergency, our scheduled docent can not cover the museum on September 22, 2021. If you arrive at the museum for a visit, my cell phone is posted on the window. Call and my husband or I can come over to open up. We live within minutes. Sorry for any inconvenience.

09/18/2021

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum will be closed Saturday, September 18, 2021 due to the Park Forest Art Fair. It will be open
Sunday September 19, 2021 by about 1 p.m. with a free will offering for admission, during the Rich East Alumni Picnic at St. Mary's. Sorry for any inconvenience.

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is open today, 1- 3:30 p.m.  Come on over for a visit!
09/11/2021

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is open today, 1- 3:30 p.m. Come on over for a visit!

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is open today, 1- 3:30 p.m. Come on over for a visit!

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-3:30 p.m.  Come on over for a visit! Adults $5;12 an...
09/08/2021

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-3:30 p.m. Come on over for a visit! Adults $5;12 and under free with an adult. Aqua Center History display is up for just a few days more.

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-3:30 p.m.  Come on over for a visit! Adults $5;12 an...
09/04/2021

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-3:30 p.m. Come on over for a visit! Adults $5;12 and under free with an adult. Aqua Center History display is up for just a few days more.

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-3:30 p.m.  Come on over for a visit! Adults $5;12 an...
08/28/2021

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-3:30 p.m. Come on over for a visit! Adults $5;12 and under free with an adult.

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-3:30 p.m. Come on over for a visit! Adults $5;12 and under free with an adult.

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-3:30 p.m.  Come on over for a visit! Adults $5;12 an...
08/21/2021

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-3:30 p.m. Come on over for a visit! Adults $5;12 and under free with an adult.

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-3:30 p.m. Come on over for a visit! Adults $5;12 and under free with an adult.

The museum will be open tomorrow 1-3:30 p.m.  Plan now to visit with a friend.  Several dolls are on display along with ...
08/17/2021

The museum will be open tomorrow 1-3:30 p.m. Plan now to visit with a friend. Several dolls are on display along with many trucks, Lincoln Logs and other toys everyone played with. Adults $5; 12 & under free with adult.

The museum will be open tomorrow 1-3:30 p.m. Plan now to visit with a friend. Several dolls are on display along with many trucks, Lincoln Logs and other toys everyone played with. Adults $5; 12 & under free with adult.

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum will be open today 1-3:30 p.m.  We hope you will come for a visit!  Adults $5; childr...
08/14/2021

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum will be open today 1-3:30 p.m. We hope you will come for a visit! Adults $5; children 12 and under free with an adult. It is a great way to learn about how Park Forest came to be. Masks required!

08/11/2021

The museum will be open today 1-3:30 p.m.
Come on over for a visit!

07/30/2021

The phone number we use may be out of order. During this time, please use Facebook to leave a message on either Park Forest Historical Society or on 1950s Park Forest House Museum, or email via the website. The museum will be open for regular hours.

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum will be open today, 1-3:30 p.m.  Adults $5; 12 and under free with an adult. It is ai...
07/24/2021

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum will be open today, 1-3:30 p.m. Adults $5; 12 and under free with an adult. It is air-conditioned. Come for a visit!

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum will be open today, 1-3:30 p.m. Adults $5; 12 and under free with an adult. It is air-conditioned. Come for a visit!

07/21/2021

The museum is open tomorrow July 21. In fact, we currently do have volunteers scheduled until the middle of August. We do ask people to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer (supplied) before their visit begins. We will be scheduling more volunteers in the near future. We need some more volunteers to make it easier to cover our open hours.

We will be open today 1-3:30 p.m.  We have our open hours covered into mid-August.  Come for a visit!  We are looking fo...
07/17/2021

We will be open today 1-3:30 p.m. We have our open hours covered into mid-August. Come for a visit! We are looking for more adult volunteers to cover open hours. Contact me via email on our website.

We will be open today 1-3:30 p.m. We have our open hours covered into mid-August. Come for a visit! We are looking for more adult volunteers to cover open hours. Contact me via email on our website.

The museum is open today until 3:30 and will be open again 1-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesday's from here until mid-Aug...
07/14/2021

The museum is open today until 3:30 and will be open again 1-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesday's from here until mid-August. We have scheduled some of our great docent volunteers up to that point. Visiting the museum is a fun way to learn how Park Forest was started. Adults $5. 12 & under are free.

Want to help us keep the museum open longer? Volunteer to docent, or perhaps help with one of our many other needs! Just send us a message to say that you're interested in helping to preserve YOUR history.

The museum is open today until 3:30 and will be open again 1-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesday's from here until mid-August. We have scheduled some of our great docent volunteers up to that point. Visiting the museum is a fun way to learn how Park Forest was started. Adults $5. 12 & under are free.

Want to help us keep the museum open longer? Volunteer to docent, or perhaps help with one of our many other needs! Just send us a message to say that you're interested in helping to preserve YOUR history.

07/03/2021

The museum is open today 1-3:30 p.m.

06/30/2021

I've had a nice afternoon training a new docent who has lived in Park Forest since 1954. The museum is still open until 3:30 p.m. today and will be open Saturday July 3, Wednesday July 7, and Saturday July 10, and should be on Wednesday July 14 from 1-3:30 p.m. We need more volunteers to be able to cover the two afternoons per week, from 1-3:30 p.m. Please consider volunteering to help "Save YOUR History" and to share it with the public.

Park Forest Historical Society has a video oral history of the Aqua Center on YouTube (see the link below in the comment...
06/26/2021

Park Forest Historical Society has a video oral history of the Aqua Center on YouTube (see the link below in the comments). We have a display board at the museum in the summer with historical pictures and an actual bond or photocopy of one. The archive has the bonds. The transcription of the oral history is there in a binder with copies of many of the photos we have from the early days.

Park Forest Historical Society has a video oral history of the Aqua Center on YouTube (see the link below in the comments). We have a display board at the museum in the summer with historical pictures and an actual bond or photocopy of one. The archive has the bonds. The transcription of the oral history is there in a binder with copies of many of the photos we have from the early days.

The museum will be open 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and Wednesday June 30, and July 3, 2021.  It is a fun way to learn...
06/25/2021

The museum will be open 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and Wednesday June 30, and July 3, 2021. It is a fun way to learn how Park Forest was started. Adults $5. 12 & under are free.

The museum will be open 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and Wednesday June 30, and July 3, 2021. It is a fun way to learn how Park Forest was started. Adults $5. 12 & under are free.

The museum will be open today, 1-3:30 p.m.
06/19/2021

The museum will be open today, 1-3:30 p.m.

The museum will be open today, 1-3:30 p.m.

Beginning to reopen the museum.  Be sure to read the flier.  Masks required.
06/12/2021

Beginning to reopen the museum. Be sure to read the flier. Masks required.

Beginning to reopen the museum. Be sure to read the flier. Masks required.

We are trying to get open on our regular schedule.  We will have a docent today 1-3:30 p.m. and next Wednesday the 16th ...
06/12/2021
Park Forest Historical Society

We are trying to get open on our regular schedule. We will have a docent today 1-3:30 p.m. and next Wednesday the 16th and one Saturday the 19th. Just beginning to schedule the volunteers in. We will still require masks. Regular schedule is Wednesday and Saturday, 1-3:30 p.m. We will still schedule visits by appointment. Contact me via email on the website at www.parkforesthistory.org.

Park Forest Historical Society 400 Lakewood Blvd Park Forest IL 60466

05/31/2021
A special tribute from the Kiwanis.  Very nice.
05/14/2021

A special tribute from the Kiwanis. Very nice.

05/12/2021

Memorial bunting has been placed atop the south entrance of Park Forest's Village Hall in memory of former Mayor F. Patrick Kelly. Kelly passed away on May 7.

Born in Joliet on Oct. 30, 1939, Kelly was a graduate of Joliet Catholic Academy in 1957. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1961 and taught at Rich East for more than three decades, from1964 to 1995. His areas of teaching included Art and English. He served a guiding force for thousands of students who passed through Rich East High School. Upon retiring from Rich East, Kelly became a professor in the areas of Art and History at Moraine Valley Community College.

First elected to Park Forest office in 1981, Kelly served for a decade as village trustee before becoming mayor in 1991. He was re-elected in 1995 and served in the mayoral post until 1999. In addition to serving his fellow Park Forest residents as mayor and village trustee, Kelly also served on the Park Forest Library Board for a decade both as library trustee then as library board president.

Ever active in volunteer endeavors, Mr. Kelly was longtime member of the Park Forest Kiwanis Club and the Tall Grass Arts Association. ultimately serving as board president for both organizations. In his retirement, Mr. Kelly took a position as a tour guide for boat cruises along the Chicago River and relished providing architectural and historical details for the attending public.

Inducted into the Park Forest Historical Society’s Hall of Fame in 2001, Kelly lived most of his life in Park Forest where he and his wife, Nancy, raised three children.

A wake for Mr. Kelly is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 14, at Kurtz Memorial Chapel in Frankfort.

F. Patrick Kelly was 81-years-old.

Address

227 Monee Rd
Park Forest, IL
60466

General information

The museum is open only by appointment due to COVID-19. Masks covering nose and mouth are required, along with using hand sanitizer upon entering and social distancing inside. A guide will tell village history, and social and fashion trends of the era. A self-guided tour script is available. A driving tour of Park Forest can be borrowed with a $5 deposit. Operated by the Park Forest Historical Society. Call Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252, or Mike Gans, 708-305-3308, or contact us via our website at www.parkforesthistory.org.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 1pm - 3:30pm
Saturday 1pm - 3:30pm

Telephone

(708) 481-4252

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Historical Societies 2017 - 2018 Corporate Sponsors: Village of Park Forest: $5,000 Matching Grant. $100 Corporate Members: Garden Club of Park Forest Kiwanis club of Park Forest Tower Cleaners of Park Forest Ned the Computer Guy $50 Corporate Members: Cabin 7 Promotions eNews Park Forest Inc Patricia Moore Studios State Farm ins. 9 Mike jordan $20 Monthly Donor: Diana Effner Porcelain Dolls (.com) Benefactors: Freedom Hall Park Forest Public Library Superior Cabinet & Window St. Marys Catholic Church
My wife is the director of this museum, and I volunteer. Hope some of my friends will Like it and visit soon!
Sure looked forward to The Art Fair!
Does the Historical Society have Park Forest Postcards?