Tinley Park Historical Society

Tinley Park Historical Society The Tinley Park Historical Society maintains a museum of local history located in the oldest public buildiing in Tinley Park, the "Old Zion Landmark" and adjacent one room schoolhouse.
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The Tinley Park Historical Society was founded in 1974 as part of the community's Bicentennial celebrations. Since 1976, the Society has been headquartered at the “Old Zion Landmark,” where it maintains a museum of local history and a local research library. The Prairie Gothic style “Old Zion Landmark” church was built in 1884 for the local Zion Lutheran congregation. This site is listed in two statewide surveys of historic structures conducted through the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency; the 1972 Illinois Historic Structures Survey and the 1975 Illinois Historic Landmarks Survey. Also in 1975, the site was recognized as Tinley Park's first historical landmark. The Historical Society's museum complex also includes a reproduction of the Village’s second schoolhouse. The original one room schoolhouse had been built in 1880 very near to the current location to replace a smaller schoolhouse and from 1892 to 1954 the original building also served as the community’s Village Hall. The “Landmark Chapel” and the “New Saenger Hall” meeting room are available for weddings and other meetings and special events. The museum hours are Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm; and the first Sunday of each month from 1pm to 3pm. The Society's volunteers try to accommodate other requests and needs and other hours can be scheduled by appointment.

Operating as usual

10/19/2019

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the old Villa Santa Maria sign that was removed (taken) from the fence in the last month, please contact the Tinley Park Historical Society. We are interested in having this piece of our local history be preserved in the museum collections. Thanks!

Join us this weekend at the Tinley Park Historical Society Landmark Chapel.  Shop the Tinley Holiday Marketplace and the...
11/29/2017

Join us this weekend at the Tinley Park Historical Society Landmark Chapel. Shop the Tinley Holiday Marketplace and then enjoy the melodic tunes of the Irving Sisters, refreshments in the New Saenger Hall, and free raffle of Historical Society Gift items.

Our Afternoon at the old Schoolhouse made the front page of the Tinley Junction!
09/20/2017

Our Afternoon at the old Schoolhouse made the front page of the Tinley Junction!

There's still time to register for our Afternoon at the Old Schoolhouse, but call soon, spaces fill-up quickly! (708) 53...
08/23/2017

There's still time to register for our Afternoon at the Old Schoolhouse, but call soon, spaces fill-up quickly! (708) 532-6835.

Gearing-up for our next event...An Afternoon in the Old Schoolhouse, Sunday, Sept. 17th.  Open to children in 1st throug...
08/09/2017

Gearing-up for our next event...An Afternoon in the Old Schoolhouse, Sunday, Sept. 17th. Open to children in 1st through 8th grade, registration is limited to 20 students. Register soon! Call (708) 532-6835 for information and/or registration.

We had a wonderful day hosting our tribute to the 1950s.  Held in conjunction with the recent Tinley Park Downtown Block...
08/06/2017

We had a wonderful day hosting our tribute to the 1950s. Held in conjunction with the recent Tinley Park Downtown Block Party, our event featured the singing group The Convertibles, and Elvis impersonator Rick "Elvis" Cada, not to mention free cake and ice cream, vintage automobiles, and our ever-lovin', effervescent volunteers. Next-up is our Afternoon at the Old Schoolhouse Sept. 18th.

Mark your calendars as the Tinley Park Historical Society joins with Tinley Park to celebrate the 125th anniversary of o...
06/28/2017

Mark your calendars as the Tinley Park Historical Society joins with Tinley Park to celebrate the 125th anniversary of our village. Enjoy the doo-wop sounds of the Convertibles, have your pictures taken with Rick "ELVIS" Cada, and relax in our air-conditioned Saenger Hall Ice Cream Social.

We LOVE getting letters!  These from Fulton School 2nd grade visit to our museums.
03/29/2017

We LOVE getting letters! These from Fulton School 2nd grade visit to our museums.

Another great day at the Historical Society as we greeted 2nd grade students from Fulton School.  Always such fun!
03/09/2017

Another great day at the Historical Society as we greeted 2nd grade students from Fulton School. Always such fun!

Join us today and tomorrow - Dec. 3rd and 4th - at the Village of Tinley Park Holiday Market.  Lots to do for the entire...
12/03/2016

Join us today and tomorrow - Dec. 3rd and 4th - at the Village of Tinley Park Holiday Market. Lots to do for the entire family. Come to the chapel for your vintage inspired photo!

Tinley Park Historical Society needs your help! We're working on the next issue of the newsletter, and I'm planning to d...
11/02/2016

Tinley Park Historical Society needs your help! We're working on the next issue of the newsletter, and I'm planning to devote a section to Tinley Park residents who served in World War II, and the early beginnings of Parkside. If you have a photo of a returning soldier at the end of the war (who lived in Tinley Park), or photos of early Parkside, please submit a copy. Please identify your photos. You can upload them here, or email them directly to me at "[email protected]". Thanks!

Join us this Sunday, the 18th, at the Landmark Chapel to Remember Tinley - the 1940s.  Lots of fun things to do for the ...
09/18/2016

Join us this Sunday, the 18th, at the Landmark Chapel to Remember Tinley - the 1940s. Lots of fun things to do for the whole family. 6727 W 174th Street - Noon until 5pm.

The Blue Island Historical Society has graciously shared our flyer on their page, and has asked to do the same....
08/25/2016

The Blue Island Historical Society has graciously shared our flyer on their page, and has asked to do the same. Although their event is the same day as ours, with planning, you might be able to attend both!

The Tinley Park HIstorical Society invites you to join us on Sunday, September 18th for "Remembering Tinley ~ the 1940s....
08/24/2016

The Tinley Park HIstorical Society invites you to join us on Sunday, September 18th for "Remembering Tinley ~ the 1940s. This event is sure to be an enjoyable afternoon!

08/04/2016
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More fun from our Afternoon at the Old Schoolhouse...
06/18/2016

More fun from our Afternoon at the Old Schoolhouse...

Our One Room Schoolhouse is in session!  This annual event takes school age children back to a day at school in 1898.  T...
06/18/2016

Our One Room Schoolhouse is in session! This annual event takes school age children back to a day at school in 1898. Today's activities include a lesson on food preservation (and a sample of dried meat), squeezing oranges to make orange juice for their snack drink, writing with quill and ink, using an abacus for their arithmetic lesson, and so much more. Recess will be Hopscotch, Jacks, Jump rope, Marbles, and catch. For four short hours, our students are immersed in the 1800s. So much fun!

We love when the school children visit us, and we had an especially nice visit recently with students from Fulton School...
04/13/2016

We love when the school children visit us, and we had an especially nice visit recently with students from Fulton School. Their thoughtful thank you notes made our day!

Did we see you at Discover Tinley?
04/02/2016

Did we see you at Discover Tinley?

Beautiful photo of The Tinley Park Historical Society's Landmark Church with a rainbow.Taken today by Lindsay Hill...  T...
12/23/2015

Beautiful photo of The Tinley Park Historical Society's Landmark Church with a rainbow.

Taken today by Lindsay Hill... Thank you Lindsay!

Did we see you this past weekend?  Did we take a vintage style photo?  Thanks to Ray Gustafson, an old friend, for stopp...
12/09/2015

Did we see you this past weekend? Did we take a vintage style photo? Thanks to Ray Gustafson, an old friend, for stopping by!

Central Middle School 8th grade student John Roth setting up his railroad display in our Schoolhouse Museum.  John's exh...
11/25/2015

Central Middle School 8th grade student John Roth setting up his railroad display in our Schoolhouse Museum. John's exhibit, including both HO and N gauge trains, will be on display during the weekend of Dec. 5th and 6th. Stop by, see the display, and talk with this interesting young man.

Our holiday calendars will fill-up quickly.  Mark your calendars now for the Tinley Park Village Marketplace and our par...
11/04/2015

Our holiday calendars will fill-up quickly. Mark your calendars now for the Tinley Park Village Marketplace and our participation.

Listening to "Samuel Tinley ", and learning to write cursive at An Afternoon at the Old Schoolhouse.
09/13/2015

Listening to "Samuel Tinley ", and learning to write cursive at An Afternoon at the Old Schoolhouse.

Enjoying a snack of baking powder biscuits,  jam and butter, grapes and apple juice at An Afternoon at the Old Schoolhou...
09/13/2015

Enjoying a snack of baking powder biscuits, jam and butter, grapes and apple juice at An Afternoon at the Old Schoolhouse.

The Tinley Park Historical is looking for an "Oldie, but Goodie"  pickup truck to provide a ride for a few of our member...
09/04/2015

The Tinley Park Historical is looking for an "Oldie, but Goodie" pickup truck to provide a ride for a few of our members in the upcoming PAWS Parade on Sunday, Sept. 20th. We'd love a ride in a vintage truck or convertible, which will convey the historical theme. Nothing will be attached to the vehicle, we're merely looking for a ride. If you can help, please call (708) 420-9640.

Look who ran into each other at the Renaissance Faire this past weekend.  Chris Roche, Julie and Kurt Dekker.
08/26/2015

Look who ran into each other at the Renaissance Faire this past weekend. Chris Roche, Julie and Kurt Dekker.

Our next great event is for the kiddos.  An Afternoon at the Old Schoolhouse will take children in grades 1st through 8t...
08/26/2015

Our next great event is for the kiddos. An Afternoon at the Old Schoolhouse will take children in grades 1st through 8th back to 1898 Tinley Park. The kids will learn about local native Americans, crack open a geode and explore its contents, enjoy a visit from "Samuel Tinley" and a local farmer, snack on baking powder biscuits and jam, and play marbles, hopscotch, jacks, jump rope and catch at recess. Participation is limited to 25, so call soon! Sunday, Sept. 13th from Noon until 4pm. Tinley Park Historical Society (708) 429-4210.

Having a great time at our Old Settlers Day Fair.  We'll be here until 4pm.
08/16/2015

Having a great time at our Old Settlers Day Fair. We'll be here until 4pm.

Join us for our next great event...Sunday, August 16th.
08/04/2015

Join us for our next great event...Sunday, August 16th.

In Mexico!
06/24/2015

In Mexico!

Tinley Park visits Jamay, Jalisco in Mexico!

Pictured below are historical society volunteers Julie and Kurt Dekker promoting our new Follow the Flag program.  This ...
06/17/2015

Pictured below are historical society volunteers Julie and Kurt Dekker promoting our new Follow the Flag program. This fun program, sponsored by the historical society encourages Tinley residents to take our village flag on vacation. It will soon be on its' way to Cooperstown, Nashville, and England, Ireland and Italy. Where will you take it? To reserve the flag, please call (708) 429-4210.

The Landmark Chapel is getting a facelift!
05/27/2015

The Landmark Chapel is getting a facelift!

Address

6727 174th St
Tinley Park, IL
60477

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(708) 429-4210

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Does anyone know of the Goshen Family that lived in Bremen Twp (Bremen, Cook Co., IL) year 1860 and where their farm was located. Found in 1860 Census but cannot locate farm land. Thanks! Any help with this family is much appreciated.
Looking for early 1834 orland township map. Looking for a Henry Taylor, as legend has he was the first settler in Orland. Don't know if he bought land. Thanks!
I am looking for Benjamin Cool who came to Bremen (now Tinley Park) in 1840's. He built the Stone house that was to become the first court house in Bremen Township in 1850. Does anyone have a picture of this house and is it still standing?
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Hi guys, I was wondering if someone could find me an obit for Charles Rosignal 1923–2011 Birth 23 MAR 1923 • Tinley Park, Cook, Illinois, USA Death 16 MAY 2011 • Tinley Park, Cook, Illinois
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