Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley

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Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 1974, operates historic sites for the Forest Preserve District of Kane County and engages in solutions for the preservation of local history and architecture.

1974-2024: Celebrating 50 years of saving and sharing local history!Discover how this humble home on the Illinois prairi...
01/02/2024

1974-2024: Celebrating 50 years of saving and sharing local history!

Discover how this humble home on the Illinois prairie inspires a fifty-year journey of historic preservation.

Follow us each week as we share a significant moment from each year of our 50 years as a non-profit organization. See our bio for a link to more about our history.


Winter Solstice - shortest day of the year or first of longer days to come?
12/21/2023

Winter Solstice - shortest day of the year or first of longer days to come?

We invite you to take a stroll through history at the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.Earlier this week, beautiful new signa...
12/07/2023

We invite you to take a stroll through history at the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.

Earlier this week, beautiful new signage in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve was installed that tells the story of the Durant and Peterson families and students who attended one-room schools.

Big hugs to the Forest Preserve District of Kane County!

Wait?!What is that monkey doing at the top of our  ?!Find out at Harvey's Tales in Geneva.Geneva History Museum
12/07/2023

Wait?!

What is that monkey doing at the top of our ?!

Find out at Harvey's Tales in Geneva.

Geneva History Museum

A couple of VIPs visited us today!Santiago and Richard, descendants of William Beith, visited the house he built in 1850...
12/05/2023

A couple of VIPs visited us today!

Santiago and Richard, descendants of William Beith, visited the house he built in 1850 which is our office space today. We gave them a tour and they enjoyed the opportunity to walk through a house that is a significant part of their family history.

And, for us, it was like we were transported back in time to 1850 by connecting with people directly related to the original owner and builder of the Beith House.

Thank you for brightening our day Santiago and Richard!

Storytelling by candlelight this weekend at the Durant House and Sholes School.Limited tickets still available.
12/01/2023

Storytelling by candlelight this weekend at the Durant House and Sholes School.

Limited tickets still available.

The owner has now sued the city.Claiming that the city's decision to deny their demolition request was "erroneous and co...
12/01/2023

The owner has now sued the city.

Claiming that the city's decision to deny their demolition request was "erroneous and contrary to the governing law and the relevant facts,” the building's owner has asked a judge to reverse the city's decision.

11/30/2023
They really want this building gone...
11/29/2023

They really want this building gone...

The Shodeen Family Foundation is asking a judge to overturn Geneva’s denials of its request to at 4 E. State St.

11/28/2023

⚡SPONSOR A STORM!

➡ You can help protect a home that has stood in downtown St. Charles for over 170 years! With your donation, you will help us replace all 16 of the storm windows in the 1850 Beith House which will not only protect the historic windows behind them but provide greater energy efficiency than most modern windows.

See our bio for link to donate 🙏

For this  , how about you sponsor a storm!Windows are like the eyes of the house. Storm windows are like the eyelids - t...
11/28/2023

For this , how about you sponsor a storm!

Windows are like the eyes of the house. Storm windows are like the eyelids - they protect the windows behind them.

The 1850 Beith House in St. Charles needs to have all 16 of its "eyelids" replaced to protect the historic "eyes" behind them. An Aurora woodworker will be making the storm windows from African Mahogany, a dense wood that will last much longer than most wood available today.

Partial donations are also appreciated.
Visit our website today!

Help us save the windows of the 1850 Beith House!All 16 storm windows need to be replaced. When you "Sponsor a Storm," y...
11/27/2023

Help us save the windows of the 1850 Beith House!

All 16 storm windows need to be replaced. When you "Sponsor a Storm," you will receive a replica ornament of your window, a cozy winter hat, a coffee mug, and a perfect pen (pictured).

Visit our bio for link to donate!

Next weekend!Durant House and Sholes School Tickets still available.
11/25/2023

Next weekend!
Durant House and Sholes School
Tickets still available.

Gather the family for a 19th-century holiday experience!❄
11/24/2023

Gather the family for a 19th-century holiday experience!

🌲Visit our giving tree inside Harvey's Tales at 216 James St. in Geneva and donate to your favorite non-profit saving an...
11/23/2023

🌲Visit our giving tree inside Harvey's Tales at 216 James St. in Geneva and donate to your favorite non-profit saving and sharing the history of the Fox Valley!

P.S. Can you find all the animals the Fabyans used to have on our tree? 🐵

Thank you for inviting us to participate Geneva History Museum.

$27.53 of local tax revenue is received for every $100 of IL state tax credits given to developers who rehab historic pr...
11/21/2023

$27.53 of local tax revenue is received for every $100 of IL state tax credits given to developers who rehab historic properties according to a recent report from PlaceEconomics.

Download the full report here:

The Impact of Tax Credit Investment in Illinois: A Study of Economic Impacts of the Illinois Historic Preservation Tax Credit and River Edge Historic Tax Credit Programs The River Edge Historic Tax Credit and the Illinois Historic Preservation Tax Credit have attracted private investment that has cr...

Step back in time and enjoy the sights, tastes, and smells of the holidays in 19th-century Illinois.Tickets on sale now!
11/20/2023

Step back in time and enjoy the sights, tastes, and smells of the holidays in 19th-century Illinois.

Tickets on sale now!

Potential development in Geneva's historic district:https://www.geneva.il.us/1539/302-River-PUDLocation is the block of ...
11/15/2023

Potential development in Geneva's historic district:
https://www.geneva.il.us/1539/302-River-PUD

Location is the block of the former Geneva Bottling works at River Lane, Stevens Street, North First Street, and Ford Street.

This significant historical structure at the corner of Route 31 and State Street in Downtown Geneva may finally be getti...
11/14/2023

This significant historical structure at the corner of Route 31 and State Street in Downtown Geneva may finally be getting a new life! We expect their renovation plans will be in front of the Historic Preservation Commission for approval next Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The former Little Owl/Flagstone at the corner of Routes 31 and 38 in Geneva – boarded up and vacant since 2021 – has a chance at a new beginning following a recommendation for a grant and tax rebate of $290,000 so the new owners can finish renovation work.

Our volunteers tell the story of the history of the Fox Valley and we appreciate all they do!Thank you to Batavia Depot ...
11/14/2023

Our volunteers tell the story of the history of the Fox Valley and we appreciate all they do!

Thank you to Batavia Depot Museum for hosting our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner last night. Over 30 of our volunteers strolled through the museum - many for the first time - visited with each other, and enjoyed lasagna, pulled pork, salads, and desserts.

THANK YOU Kane County Government! If you have driven on E. Fabyan Parkway in Geneva recently, you may have noticed fenci...
11/08/2023

THANK YOU Kane County Government!

If you have driven on E. Fabyan Parkway in Geneva recently, you may have noticed fencing being installed around a large stone house.

The house is a pre-Civil War limestone Greek Revival built by Amasa White. Kane County owns the property and we are thrilled they have installed this fencing to protect the home from vandalism. This shows the county's commitment to preserving the historic home.

There is still a lot of work to be done to formulate a restoration plan. Protecting the home is a vital step toward that goal.

CONGRATULATIONS to the City of St. Charles, Illinois Government and City of Geneva, Municipality for being named among t...
11/07/2023

CONGRATULATIONS to the City of St. Charles, Illinois Government and City of Geneva, Municipality for being named among the 8 Most Quaint Small Towns in Illinois by Worldatlas.com!

Also, thank you to Forest Preserve District of Kane County for the diligent maintenance of the Fayban Windmill and Fabyan Villa Museum & Japanese Garden which were specifically noted as significant draws for Geneva.

See the article here:

Let the crowds swirl around the bustling masses of Chicago and instead escape to eight of the most quaint and historically significant small towns.

Rolltop desk belonging to Rachel Beith Day, the oldest child of William and Mary Beith, was donated to us from the Muirh...
11/02/2023

Rolltop desk belonging to Rachel Beith Day, the oldest child of William and Mary Beith, was donated to us from the Muirhead family. Rachel would have lived in the 1850 Beith House, which is now our office. The desk was likely purchased when Rachel was an adult and was never in the Beith House--until now! We are thrilled to have another Beith item at the Beith House.

Also pictured here is Muirhead Farms / Muirhead Farmhouse, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The desk needs repair, but nothing major. If you are interested in helping, let us know in the comments.

Stay informed about local historic buildings. Join Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley today!
10/31/2023

Stay informed about local historic buildings.

Join Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley today!

Buildings are not the only thing that are historic.
10/26/2023

Buildings are not the only thing that are historic.

Gillson Park is a unique 60-acre Prairie-style public park situated along Lake Michigan in Wilmette. In 2022, it was a Most Endangered site. Today, it is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places due to its extremely high level of historic integrity.
Join us November 2 at noon for our next virtual Preservation Snapshots program, “Gillson Park and Wilmette Harbor, a Fascinating and Remarkably Intact Historic Landscape.” The discussion will be led by Julia S. Bachrach, landscape historian, and Malcolm Cairns, FASLA, who prepared the National Register Nomination for Gillson Park and who will be presenting it in front of the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Committee this Friday.
Learn more & register: https://ow.ly/fMvr50Q0i7l

Thank you Norris Cultural Arts Center for inviting us to Baker Community Center, St. Charles Park District to share the ...
10/26/2023

Thank you Norris Cultural Arts Center for inviting us to Baker Community Center, St. Charles Park District to share the story of code-breaking pioneer, Elizebeth Smith-Friedman!

Vivien, our Director of the Fabyan Villa Museum & Japanese Garden, shared to over 150 people about how Smith-Friedman was hired by Colonel George Fabyan to help break a code that was thought to exist within William Shakespeare's work. Smith-Friedman would go on to help develop the science of cryptoanalysis, breaking codes for the U.S. Army in WWI and WWII and the Coast Guard.

If you are interested in having us bring this talk to your group, please send us a DM!

(Elizabeth Smith-Friedman with Colonel George Fabyan in the black and white photograph ca. 1914)

10/25/2023
10/24/2023

Interested in volunteering at Fabyan? We're always looking for new Fabyan Villa docents and Japanese Garden docents. We teach you the answers to visitors' burning questions ("But where did the monkeys live?!") and you get the opportunity to engage with the public and your community, as well as help share your love of history and this fantastical estate.

Fill out our volunteer application form, and save the date for volunteer training in 2024!

10/16/2023

Join the Conservation Foundation Garden Tour
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023 2pm-6pm
328 S. 6th Street, Geneva, IL

Conservation@Home is the ultimate everyone-can-do-something program! It starts with you making some earth-conscious choices in your home landscape design. Replace some turf grass with beautiful and drought-resistant native plants, maybe install a rain barrel or two and reduce or eliminate your chemical use. The Monaco’s have done just that with their historic downtown Geneva home! Come get inspiration, enter to win a fabulous nature-inspired piece of art, and learn how you can create a nature oasis in your backyard with Conservation@Home.

Join us for a guided tour of the beautiful Conservation@Home certified yard of David and Alexia Monaco! 328 S. 6th Street Geneva, IL 60134 Wednesday October 18, 2023 2pm - 6pm

Address

8 Indiana Street
Saint Charles, IL
60174

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 3pm
Tuesday 9am - 3pm
Wednesday 9am - 3pm
Thursday 9am - 3pm

Telephone

(630) 377-6424

Website

https://www.ppfv.org/history-of-preservation-partners-of-the-fox-valley, https://www.ppfv.org/shol

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