South Holland Historical Society

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

Operating as usual

09/11/2021
09/06/2021
Come join us today!The Heritage Fest is coming soon! Mark your calendar and come on by 🌷
08/26/2021

Come join us today!

The Heritage Fest is coming soon! Mark your calendar and come on by 🌷

Come join us today!

The Heritage Fest is coming soon! Mark your calendar and come on by 🌷

The Heritage Fest is coming!
08/26/2021

The Heritage Fest is coming!

The Heritage Fest is coming!

08/15/2021

Just Updated with many more collections! Free Online Mortuary and Funeral Home Collections! Can't find a DC and need the cause of death? Need to find out who the deceased is related to? There are now 570 free online collections from all over the U.S. Check these out at https://bit.ly/2RVPJGy

It’s back! Join us this Labor Day at the Paarlberg homestead.
08/09/2021

It’s back! Join us this Labor Day at the Paarlberg homestead.

Jan Ton’s  home in Riverdale on the river. Bridge used to across the river.
07/27/2021

Jan Ton’s home in Riverdale on the river. Bridge used to across the river.

Jan Ton’s home in Riverdale on the river. Bridge used to across the river.

07/07/2021

Learn about the history and architectural significance of this home - and many others - at this Saturday's Robert Seyfarth walking tour!

Tickets are available online and at the door of the Albee House:

https://blue-island-historical-society.square.site
13018 Maple Avenue, Blue Island. Program begins at 1 p.m.

This Independence Day we reflect on what make our nation great. The SHHS would like to thank and honor those who have se...
07/03/2021

This Independence Day we reflect on what make our nation great. The SHHS would like to thank and honor those who have served our country so bravely. We wish everyone a safe holiday. God bless America 🇺🇸

This Independence Day we reflect on what make our nation great. The SHHS would like to thank and honor those who have served our country so bravely. We wish everyone a safe holiday. God bless America 🇺🇸

06/30/2021

Learn about the life & work of Robert Seyfarth at our Architecture Walking Tour on July 10! The program begins at 1 p.m. at the Albee House: 13018 Maple Ave, Blue Island

To purchase tickets online, click here: https://blue-island-historical-society.square.site

06/21/2021
Today we remember and honor those in our military who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. They are reason ...
05/31/2021

Today we remember and honor those in our military who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. They are reason we are we are able to enjoy the freedom and life we have today.

We hope that everyone has a safe holiday.

Today we remember and honor those in our military who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. They are reason we are we are able to enjoy the freedom and life we have today.

We hope that everyone has a safe holiday.

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

Who is ready for spring?
02/23/2021

Who is ready for spring?

Who is ready for spring?

Photos from The Well's post
02/16/2021

Photos from The Well's post

02/14/2021
02/08/2021

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.

01/28/2021

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...

Address

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

Opening Hours

1pm - 4pm

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.