South Holland Historical Society

South Holland Historical Society Monthly Meetings are at the American Legion Hall, 443 157th Street
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Operating as usual

04/24/2021

This weekend we continue our celebration of World Art Deco Month! Our cornerstone live lecture presentation will be presented by Teri Edelstein, and there's still time to register! Join us on Sunday, April 25th at 1:00pm CDT for a discussion on Art Deco from Paris to Chicago: The 1925 Exposition and the Windy City. We'll be exploring the story of how Art Deco came to to Chicago's shores through the inspired local talents and mainstream brands throughout the 1920s, through a curated collection of hundreds of images and artifacts. Register at ChicagoDeco.org/Events. See you There!

04/22/2021
04/04/2021
03/20/2021
03/17/2021
03/15/2021

March meeting at the Historical Society

02/28/2021
Sand Ridge Nature Center

Sand Ridge Nature Center

Good morning! The self-guided Underground Railroad walk will be available from 9am until 3pm today. No registration is needed. Please note, the history walks will replace the Winter Story Walk for today. The Winter Story walk will be available again tomorrow (Sunday) from 9am-3pm.

Who is ready for spring?
02/23/2021

Who is ready for spring?

The Well
02/16/2021

The Well

Brewer John Simon Bielfeldt was born January 26, 1834, in the town of Hemme, Holstein, Germany. He emigrated to the US with his parents in 1851.

In 1857, Bielfeldt founded Bielfeldt Brewing Company on the banks of Thorn Creek, which today is the oldest standing brewery in Illinois and the home of Thornton Distilling Company.

John Bielfeldt started “Bielfeldt Brewing Company” with a 10-barrel brew kettle. Grain was ground by horses on a small-scale grist mill and a cooperage was set up to construct barrels onsite.

In 1880, he increased production capacity to a 20-barrel kettle. In 1895, as demand continued to surge, he once again upgraded his equipment, this time to a 50-barrel kettle.

The beer was known as “J.S. Bielfeldt Lager Beer,” and was brewed with limestone-filtered spring water from the artesian well that taps into the deepest aquifer in Illinois.

To this day, we use the same pristine artesian well water to make all of our spirits. Water quality is an important element for fermentation and is often overlooked — Bielfeldt’s water quality was exceptional and gave him a unique advantage over his competitors.

In 1896 Bielfeldt opened an ice-plant and harvested ice from Thorn Creek during the cold Chicagoland winters. In addition to chilling his beer, he sold ice to customers to extend the shelf life of perishable food and began to supply taverns and mixologists that had recently started to incorporate ice into “cocktails” such as the Mint Julip.

By the late 1800s, iced cocktails were all the rage, and bartenders (or mixologists as they were known, the phrase being coined in 1860) continued to use natural ice until man-made ice became readily available toward the end of the century.

While some mixologists continued to prefer natural ice, others such as Harry Johnson, author of The Bartender’s Manual (1882), believed natural ice provided an undesirable mouthfeel and often left a residue on equipment.

While we don’t use ice from Thorn Creek at The Well, we certainly enjoy reminiscing over an ice-cold cocktail, including many that were perfected in the late 1800s during Bielfeldt's era.

Photo1: Workers harvesting ice from Thorn Creek -Jan. 15, 1912.
Photo 2: Bielfeldt icehouse visable from bridge

02/14/2021
Boylerpf Antique Vintage Jewelry
02/08/2021

Boylerpf Antique Vintage Jewelry

A little history...Do you know what this is?
This is The Heart from Auschwitz.

An act of defiance.
A statement of hope.
A crime punishable by death.

On December 12, 1944, locked inside Auschwitz, Polish teenager Fania turned twenty. After spending a year in a concentration camp, Fania didn’t expect her birthday to even be remembered - but her best friend, Zlatka, risked everything to make her a birthday present, a paper heart.

Simply making the heart - or carrying it - could get either of them killed.

The heart was signed by many of their friends, bearing notes in Polish, German, French, and Hebrew that announced "When you get old, put your glasses on your nose, take this album in your hand and read my signature again,“ and “Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!” It was an act of great sacrifice and love for a friend.

Less than 40 days later, they began the Death March from Auschwitz to Ravensbruck, and from Ravensbruck to freedom. Fania carried the heart under her arm the whole time. And survived.

Fania donated the heart to the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center in 1988, where it is a featured piece of their exhibit.

US National Archives
01/28/2021

US National Archives

In this letter written to his parents, Army medic Harold Porter described his reaction to the horrors he saw at newly liberated Dachau concentration camp: “Certainly what I have seen in the past few days will affect my personality for the rest of my life."

Learn more in our online exhibit: https://go.usa.gov/xAHFe

#HolocaustMemorialDay

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 25 January 2020
01/26/2021
New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 25 January 2020

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch 25 January 2020

Explore this week on FamilySearch new Pennsylvania Historical Society, Births. Baptisms, and Congregational Records, N. Zealand Obituaries, Australia, NSW Immigrants, England, Devon Parish Records, Germany, Saxony Catholic Church Records, and expanded country collections for Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, S...

01/01/2021
12/25/2020
Women You Should Know
12/09/2020

Women You Should Know

"During the attack, Lieutenant Fox in an exemplary manner, performed her duties as head nurse of the Station Hospital… [She] worked ceaselessly with coolness and efficiency and her fine example of calmness, courage, and leadership was of great benefit to the morale of all with whom she came in contact." - Purple Heart medal citation, in part, October 26, 1942

As per the National Women’s History Museum, "December 7th is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, when Americans commemorate the 1941 attack that brought the United States into World War II."... "Dozens of stories of heroism emerged after the attacks, including that of the inspiring courage of First Lieutenant Annie G. Fox (Army Nurse Corps)," who was the first woman in American history to be awarded the Purple Heart medal. "Though at the time the Purple Heart award was most commonly awarded to service members wounded by enemy forces, it was occasionally awarded for any 'singularly meritorious act of extraordinary fidelity or essential service.' The Purple Heart Award criteria changed in 1942 to be limited to wounds received as a result of enemy action. On October 6, 1944, Lt. Fox was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in replacement for her Purple Heart, which was rescinded.".... "The Bronze Star, when awarded for bravery, is the fourth-highest combat award of the US Armed Forces and the ninth highest military award in the order of precedence." Learn more: https://www.womenshistory.org/articles/bravery-army-nurse-annie-g-fox-pearl-harbor

photo: National Archives and Records Administration

Chicago Police Pipe Band
12/07/2020

Chicago Police Pipe Band

Sharing from THE DAV -- Today is "a date which will live in infamy". The Empire of Japan launched a surprise military attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941.
More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded. Nearly 20 American naval vessels were destroyed, including eight enormous battleships, and almost 200 airplanes.
Hear President Franklin D. Roosevelt deliver The Infamy Speech, full audio: http://bit.ly/1NF2mcW

Chicago Police Pipe Band
12/07/2020

Chicago Police Pipe Band

Sharing from THE DAV -- Today is "a date which will live in infamy". The Empire of Japan launched a surprise military attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941.
More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded. Nearly 20 American naval vessels were destroyed, including eight enormous battleships, and almost 200 airplanes.
Hear President Franklin D. Roosevelt deliver The Infamy Speech, full audio: http://bit.ly/1NF2mcW

USS Arizona
12/07/2020

USS Arizona

12/02/2020
South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society - Illinois

South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society - Illinois

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--FamilySearch is now available in 20 additional languages—30 total. The additional languages will enable FamilySearch to expand its free offerings and fun experiences to more customers worldwide. The latest 5 languages FamilySearch has added are Fijian, Albanian, Czech, Norwegian, and Mongolian.

Anyone visiting FamilySearch.org with a web browser set to one of the new languages will be able to automatically navigate the site in that language. Otherwise, users can easily select their preferred language from the list of choices in the site’s language setting.

Happy Thanksgiving
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving

The South Holland Historical would like to express their sincere and deepest sympathy to board member Marti Thompson on ...
11/18/2020
Obituary for William (Booger) T. Thompson at Smits Funeral Home

The South Holland Historical would like to express their sincere and deepest sympathy to board member Marti Thompson on the loss of her husband Bill. For many years Bill helped Marti out at the Heritage Festival held at the Paarlberg farm. Bill was a very kind and caring man. He will truly be missed by many.

https://www.smitsfh.com/obituary/william-thompson?fbclid=IwAR3WPaF0obI27rcI-9pjhYd26airt3acLmC1javNImeOm_dQDdv6L3a6UiQ

William Booger T. Thompson, age 85, of Thornton, IL, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife Marti Thompson, nee Lawson his children Chuck Jackie McCrary, Greg Trinette McCrary, the late Mike McCrary, Judy Rietveld, Bill Thompson, Bob Thompson, and Jan...

11/11/2020
10/18/2020
Thornton IL Historical Society

Thornton IL Historical Society

Only TWO Saturdays to see the Handwritten Lincoln Letters Exhibit 🇺🇸 $5 Raffle ticket for the beautiful Lincoln portrait! Grab a friend & the kids and come enjoy such rich pieces of history🇺🇸

Sand Ridge Nature Center
10/16/2020

Sand Ridge Nature Center

48th Annual Settlers’ Days: A Journey Through History,
Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22

Experience life in the Calumet Region during the early 1800’s through living-history demonstrators, narrated history walking adventures, crafts, and more. Sand Ridge Nature Center will be accepting nonperishable food or monetary donations benefiting a local food depository throughout the weekend. More details to come. We will have more updates, including a full schedule of the weekend’s activities and programs, posted to our page soon.

Address

16250 Wausau Ave (lower Level)
South Holland, IL
60473

Opening Hours

Saturday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(708) 596-2722

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South Holland Historical Museum
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South Holland Public Library
16250 Wausau Avenue Admission:
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Hours: Saturdays 1-4pm

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Photo of First Reformed Church, South Holland and VanderAa’s store.
I live at 418 E 157th Street in South Holland. I was curious if anyone knows the history or the anything about the house I currently live in. Dates and historical facts would be appreciated. The only thing I know is the house was built in 1869, according to Zillow.
Maartje (De Jong) Van Vuuren - large photo, Dirk Van Vuuren funeral card, some of the children of Pieter and Maggie (Van Vuuren) De Vos:
My family's genealogy.
Dirk Van Vuuren's funeral card
I have some photographs of my family that I recently came into possession of. This is of Dirk Van Vuuren and his wife Maartje De Jong Van Vuuren. He is the son of Roel Van Vuuren and Grietje Baardwijck VanVuuren. Roel VanVuuren, who as I understand, helped to found South Holland by purchase of one square mile (640 acres) of land, north of the Calumet river, direct from the United States Government. A log cabin served as the family’s first dwelling in Low Prairie. All sales of the property in that area, trace back to his original purchase from the government. Maartje de Jong is the daughter of Pieter De Jong and Geertje (nee Eenigenburg) De Jong, who as I understand it, helped to found Roseland.
I grew up in South Holland in the 60's. The air still smelled of onions on hot summer days and I weeded onion sets for spending cash. My dad was the Pastor of Calvary Reformed Church, I went to school at Calvin Christian and Calvary Academy, experienced desegregation first hand, road on floats in the Tulip Festival, skated in the park in the winter, road my bike fearlessly everywhere, ate chocolate eclairs from Jansma's Bakery, bought more candy than I could eat for a quarter at the Ben Franklin, got my Christian reading at the Calvary Book Store and overall had a great childhood.
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/
New book by Historian and Author Marlene Cook. If you're interested, this book is available for $12.00 before postage. Call First Church at 708- 474- 9610. Some very interesting lives.
Hand carved ice skates.
Skating on the Little Calumet river. What you are viewing is today's Veterans park. Ice was cut from the river and delivered to homes for their ice box.
Saturday November 16th -1pm at the South Holland Library 16250 Wausau. a play written by Acie Cargill with readings done by some actors and some descendants of original pioneers about the ' Settling of South Holland'. Free. Then view the museum. Open to 4pm.