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We are so grateful for all of you! We hope you have a wonderful, happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day! Artwork from the Mu...
11/23/2023

We are so grateful for all of you! We hope you have a wonderful, happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day!

Artwork from the Museum’s Collection by Mildred Baldwin.

Happy Monday! We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week! Get your holiday week started by reading about life in...
11/20/2023

Happy Monday! We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week! Get your holiday week started by reading about life in Warrenville 150 years ago.

“ 20th Thursday   fine weather for the season  I did my choars choared round some was at the office all day closed up at 8 & went to bed at 9 ½ sick. “ 21st Friday   rather a fine day but some cloudy  I did my choars choared round the office some was roun

Happy Monday! Read all about the week that was in Warrenville history 150 years ago.
11/13/2023

Happy Monday! Read all about the week that was in Warrenville history 150 years ago.

“ 13th Thursday   fine cool dry weather for November  I did my choars was round the office all day closed up at 8 & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick. “ 14th Friday   fine cool weather for the season  I did my choars was round the office all day closed up at

In November of 1967 the Warrenville Digest started working with Sally Atkinson to provide updates about Warrenville serv...
11/10/2023

In November of 1967 the Warrenville Digest started working with Sally Atkinson to provide updates about Warrenville servicemen. As we honor Veterans and their dedicated service to our country over the next two days, we are sharing a few clips from those early days of the Digest’s work to support our local troops.

Thank you to all who have served!

Happy Monday! It's time for another edition of Hiram Leonard's diary. The Pollard boys continued their troubles, lots of...
11/06/2023

Happy Monday! It's time for another edition of Hiram Leonard's diary. The Pollard boys continued their troubles, lots of comings and goings and a wedding! Read all about the week in history 150 years ago here!

“ 6th  Thursday   fine weather for November  I did my choars choared round the office some closed up at 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold  R B Pollard was here with McWane to get bail. “ 7th Friday   Fine weather for the season&nb

Did you miss any of our local history gift shop items at Christmas Fest yesterday? Well you are in luck because the Muse...
11/05/2023

Did you miss any of our local history gift shop items at Christmas Fest yesterday? Well you are in luck because the Museum is open today 1-3pm! You can stop in and pick up a piece of local history, including the new Warrenville Bowl ornament!

Today is the day! Stop by Christmas Fest from 9 AM to 4 PM at Community Baptist church. Hope to see you there!
11/04/2023

Today is the day! Stop by Christmas Fest from 9 AM to 4 PM at Community Baptist church. Hope to see you there!

They are here and they were worth the wait! Our Warrenville Bowl historic landmark ornaments are here and you can pick y...
11/02/2023

They are here and they were worth the wait! Our Warrenville Bowl historic landmark ornaments are here and you can pick yours up this Saturday at Christmas Fest at Community Baptist Church from 9am-4pm.

Can’t make it to our sale? Stop by the Museum on Sunday from 1-3pm or email us at [email protected] for shipping or local delivery. Ornaments are $12 each.

Happy Halloween 🎃 👻 from 1979! We hope you all have a safe and warm as can be Halloween 🍬 🍫 🍭
10/31/2023

Happy Halloween 🎃 👻 from 1979!

We hope you all have a safe and warm as can be Halloween 🍬 🍫 🍭

Happy cold Monday morning 🥶 With snow in our forecast for Halloween maybe we shouldn’t be surprised it was the same for ...
10/30/2023

Happy cold Monday morning 🥶 With snow in our forecast for Halloween maybe we shouldn’t be surprised it was the same for Hiram and Warrenville 150 years ago. Despite the cold weather there were lots of comings and goings recorded this week in history, read all about them here!

“ 30th Thursday   rather a snow squalley disagreeable day  I did my choars choared round the office all day closed up about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold  J P Graves went to Morris to get Boman Hudson, Jud Graves went to Chicago. “ 31st Frida

This “pumpkin” fell far from the tree. The children of artists learn much from their parents, but the main takeaway Ivan...
10/29/2023

This “pumpkin” fell far from the tree. The children of artists learn much from their parents, but the main takeaway Ivan Albright had from his dad’s nostalgic images of which Adam Albright was famous for, was to do the complete opposite. These two pumpkins on display in our gallery wonderfully demonstrate how Adam and Ivan saw the complete opposite in a subject.

Adam portrayed the simplicity of life and the countryside of children taking in nature, while Ivan emphasized every struggle and challenge life throws at us in his graphic depictions. Which one do you prefer?

Stop into the museum today from 1 to 3 PM and learn more about the Albrights and see some of their work.

Today we continue to share the scripts from our 2023 Cemetery Walk. Join us in reading about the Devaney family and one ...
10/24/2023

Today we continue to share the scripts from our 2023 Cemetery Walk. Join us in reading about the Devaney family and one of their daughters Florence Beier.

Florence Catherine Devaney was born on February 6, 1924 in Chicago to her parents John Devaney Jr. and Florence “Nin” Pendergast Devaney. She was baptized at St. Andrews Church in Chicago into the long standing Irish Catholic community there. Her Devaney grandparents were Irish immigrants who ha...

Happy Monday! It was a busy week in Warrenville 150 years ago with lots of comings and goings, the Dunkard Church holdin...
10/23/2023

Happy Monday! It was a busy week in Warrenville 150 years ago with lots of comings and goings, the Dunkard Church holding meetings and ceremonies, and fall harvesting taking place. And we can't forget poor Hiram had a tooth ache! Read all about it here!

“ 23rd Thursday   fine cool dry weather  I did my choars was round the office all day closed up at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & tiered out  Mary Tart went to Cass with Jud Graves. “ 24th Friday   fine cool dry weather  I did my

Last Sunday evening we shared community history during our Annual Cemetery Walk. Over the next two weeks we will be shar...
10/22/2023

Last Sunday evening we shared community history during our Annual Cemetery Walk. Over the next two weeks we will be sharing the scripts that were read that evening. Today we start by sharing the history of the Warrenville Cemetery. If you'd like to learn more about Warrenville history, stop into the museum today, we are open from 1-3pm and always free!

"Good evening. Welcome to the Warrenville Historical Society’s 16th Annual Cemetery Walk.

"Julius Morton Warren founded the community of Warrenville in 1833 and was elected to the state legislature in 1844. During his time as a legislator, he was one of the sponsors of the Illinois Cemetery Act, which established regulations and guidelines for the operation and maintenance of cemeteries in Illinois and became law in 1845. The Warrenville Cemetery Association was founded shortly after on March 3, 1845. An important foundational organization for the growing community, the Cemetery Association is the second oldest organization in Warrenville, preceded only by what is now called Community Baptist Church, which had been founded in 1834 in the Warren home. The Cemetery has been governed by a volunteer Board of Directors for its 178-year history.

"Before this cemetery was established in 1845, there was already a burial ground in Warrenville, located on the east side of First Street, today’s Winfield Road, between what are now called Greenview Avenue and Butterfield Road. Land was purchased from Julius Warren for a larger cemetery along Big Woods Road, today’s Warrenville Road, where we find ourselves this evening. The graves from the old burial ground were relocated, either to this cemetery, the Naperville Cemetery, or Big Woods Cemetery on Eola Road.

"The volunteer cemetery board met faithfully through the years, often meeting in one of the Academies, schools located in Warrenville in the mid-1800s. During the Civil War, the number of burials in the cemetery nearly doubled. Warrenville, a town of about 250, had sent 50 men and boys to the war and a third of them died in combat, prison, or from accidents or disease. In 1885 additional property was purchased for the cemetery grounds from William Manning, often referred to as the second founder of Warrenville. Today the cemetery is almost 5 acres and has 2,950 gravesites, about 1,650 are occupied.

"Local resident John Player, owner of Player Dairy, took a special interest in the cemetery in the mid-1900s. Mr. Player is responsible for the bell motif fence along the front of the cemetery as well as the stone columns at the entrances. He also obtained the large planter from the right-of-way of the Chicago Aurora and Elgin railway, when the train line went out of business in 1957. The flag platform at the back of the cemetery was a joint effort of the Cemetery Association, the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary. It was completed around 1996 and was dedicated on May 29, 2000.

"Over the past few years, the Warrenville Cemetery Association has worked with a conservator to repair some of the oldest graves that have gone through extensive weathering and been damaged over the years. This crucial process has helped preserve important pieces of local history. Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, including the late Michael Harrington, you can also search the Warrenville Cemetery on the free online resource FindAGrave.com. The Historical Society has also started the process of updating FindAGrave listings with information from our archive. If you need help in researching someone buried here, please reach out to the museum for help.

"There are many stories that can be told here, and tonight we will focus on the impact of the railroad. You’ll hear stories about why Warrenville didn’t get a railroad in its early days, despite it being one of the most important communities in DuPage County in the 1840s; you’ll hear about those who worked on the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin, the trolley elective interurban train that finally brought passenger service to Warrenville in 1902; you’ll hear about high school students that took that train to school in Wheaton, and you’ll also hear about those who lives were ended because of the train. The stories you will hear tonight will paint just a piece of picture of life in Warrenville. If you have any additional information to share, please reach out Sara at the Museum.

"Thank you for joining us tonight, we hope you enjoy the evening walk through history. "

It’s a wonderful time of year to make a trip to Chicago to see the original Picture of Dorian Gray and then make sure to...
10/19/2023

It’s a wonderful time of year to make a trip to Chicago to see the original Picture of Dorian Gray and then make sure to visit our museum, where the Albrights had a studio from 1924-1957. We have a digital reproduction of Ivan’s work and much history about the family and the many Warrenville models Ivan painted.

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us on Sunday evening for our 16th Annual Cemetery Walk! We had a wonderful fall evening...
10/17/2023

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us on Sunday evening for our 16th Annual Cemetery Walk! We had a wonderful fall evening to share our community’s history.

A big thank you to all of our readers, musicians and volunteers! Special thanks to Trinity Lutheran Church for hosting our read through and the City of Warrenville Tourism and Art Council for supporting the event with a TAC grant.

Stay tuned as will be sharing the scripts over the next couple weeks on social media and on our website.

Happy Monday! It was an eventful week in Warrenville 150 years ago. Hiram and Julius Warren were at odds for much of the...
10/16/2023

Happy Monday! It was an eventful week in Warrenville 150 years ago. Hiram and Julius Warren were at odds for much of their lives in Warrenville, and Hiram tells us a little bit about their disagreements this week. Julius was the first postmaster in town and when Hiram replaced him Julius was less than happy. This week in Warrenvulle history Hiram also recorded a Native American visiting town. Read all about it here!

“ 16th Thursday   cool dry weather  I did my choars was round the office all day closed up about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold & teeth ache. “ 17th Friday   fine cool dry weather  I did my choars was round the

Happy Monday! It was a beautiful fall week in Warrenville 150 years ago. Hiram got $30 for his cow and Mrs. Stone took t...
10/09/2023

Happy Monday! It was a beautiful fall week in Warrenville 150 years ago. Hiram got $30 for his cow and Mrs. Stone took the stagecoach into Chicago. Read all about it here!

“ 9th Thursday   fine dry warm weather  I did my choars choared round the office some closed up about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick. “ 10th Friday   fine dry hot weather  thurmometer at 80 & over  I did my choars choared round s

Are you heading to the Warrenville Fire Protection District Open House tonight? Our way back Wednesday is to the early d...
10/04/2023

Are you heading to the Warrenville Fire Protection District Open House tonight? Our way back Wednesday is to the early days of the district. The Fire Protection District pre-dates the City of Warrenville by almost 30 years as Warrenville was unincorporated until 1967.

The eighteen original members of the Warrenville Volunteer Fireman’s Association in 1940 included John Behr, John & James Dorio, Barney Divelbiss, Arthur (Red) Fairbanks, Herb Kleinwachter, Clarence Meyer, Louis Mayer, Charles & Howard Paver, Elmer Terry, George Heller, John Petit, Frank Behr, Harold Bollweg, G.F. Halenza, Henry Evans, and honorary member, Rev. Harnischmacher.

It's an absolutely beautiful first Monday in October! Read all about this week in Warrenville history, including a festi...
10/02/2023

It's an absolutely beautiful first Monday in October! Read all about this week in Warrenville history, including a festive wedding, a new baby and Hiram hard at work on Post Office returns:)

“ 2nd Thursday   A fine cool dry day  I did my choars was round the office all day making out my Post Office returns etc closed up at 8 & went to bed at 9 ½ sick  A Fredenhagen had a fine wedding today & dance tonight at Barn there were about a dozen there&

TGIF! It is going to be a beautiful fall weekend! We hope you all get out there, enjoy nature, go for a drive! (and of c...
09/29/2023

TGIF! It is going to be a beautiful fall weekend! We hope you all get out there, enjoy nature, go for a drive! (and of course stop by the museum on Sunday;)

If you had been heading out for a fall road trip in historic Warrenville, you might have stopped by Behr's Garage on your way out of town. This picture shows Frank Behr with a historic car all dressed up. Frank Behr owned the car dealership on what is today Warrenville Road for 54 years, 42 of those with Chevrolet. You gotta love the old gas pumps!

Happy Monday! It was a warm week in Warrenville history 150 years ago. There were lots of comings and going in the last ...
09/25/2023

Happy Monday! It was a warm week in Warrenville history 150 years ago. There were lots of comings and going in the last days of September 1873, and Caroline got a new stove! Read all about the week that was here.

“ 25th Thursday   fine hot dry weather  I did my choars choared round the office some closed up at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick thurmometer stood at 90 degrees above zero the most of the day. “ 26th Friday   fine hot dry weather verry hot & dry&

The Bears don’t play until 3:25pm today, so if you are in to that kind of torture (joking🫠😂), you’ll still have time to ...
09/24/2023

The Bears don’t play until 3:25pm today, so if you are in to that kind of torture (joking🫠😂), you’ll still have time to stop into the Museum first and see history, then cheer on the Bears!

We are open today 1-3pm and the price is right:) Always free to visit!

These football pics of history are from the fall of 1973 Warrenville Digest and document some heroics of the Bower Jr. High Football Team.

Happy Monday! It was a busy harvest week for Hiram and the Warrenville community 150 years ago. They were also creeping ...
09/18/2023

Happy Monday! It was a busy harvest week for Hiram and the Warrenville community 150 years ago. They were also creeping towards fall, much like our weather, with cool mornings and evenings, but some beautiful days. Read all about the week that was here. We hope you enjoy the upcoming wonderful week.

“ 18th Thursday  fine dry weather cool mornings & evenings  I did my choars choared round the office some closed up at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick. “ 19th Friday   fine dry weathercool mornings & evenings & hot in the middle of

Stop by Art on the Prairie this weekend and see our 2023-2024 Artist-in-Residence Asia Bell! Art on the Prairie and our ...
09/16/2023

Stop by Art on the Prairie this weekend and see our 2023-2024 Artist-in-Residence Asia Bell!

Art on the Prairie and our residency program are supported by the City of Warrenville Government Hotel Tax Fund Grants.

Asia Bell, our current Warrenville Artist-in-Residence getting some more great publicity!
09/13/2023

Asia Bell, our current Warrenville Artist-in-Residence getting some more great publicity!

Asia Belle is coming up on her one year anniversary of being a chalk artist and has been at the Daytime Chicago studio all hour long creating a masterpiece celebrating two years of Daytime Chicago.…

We are excited to see the work of our current Artist-in-Residency Asia Bell on one of the many Faces of Warrenville bann...
09/13/2023

We are excited to see the work of our current Artist-in-Residency Asia Bell on one of the many Faces of Warrenville banners featured during Art on the Prairie this weekend. Be sure to stop by the art festival and check them out.

We are excited to begin sharing our Faces of Warrenville winners as part of our Art on the Prairie event! Their impressive artwork is coming soon on street pole banners at the Recreation Center.

Today's featured artist is Asia Bell. Congratulations!

Happy Monday! Read all about the week that was in Warrenville history 150 years ago. There were lots of comings and goin...
09/11/2023

Happy Monday! Read all about the week that was in Warrenville history 150 years ago. There were lots of comings and goings, a fair in Aurora and lots of work around Hiram's home and farm. Hiram also noted a cow dying of blackleg, a rare bacterial infection.

“ 11th Thursday   A fine hot day & evening ground verry dry & dusty, I did my choars choared round house & cistern some closed up about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick a hot night  Emma Barrus & Hannah Connell went to th

Happy Labor Day Monday! Hiram's journal from this week in 1873 didn't mention Labor Day.  This holiday that was created ...
09/04/2023

Happy Labor Day Monday! Hiram's journal from this week in 1873 didn't mention Labor Day. This holiday that was created to pay tribute to workers didn't start until 1882 and wasn't widely celebrated in the United States until 1894.

Hiram did note a busy week in the area and lots of work taking place on his cistern. Read all about it here!

“ 4th Thursday   fine dry weather  verry dry cool morning & evening & hot in middle of day  I did my choars choared round the office some closed up about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & tiered out  Dutch camp meeting&n

It's our last Wednesday of the summer season! Stop in between 1-3pm today and go home with a Museum Patch free! We will ...
08/30/2023

It's our last Wednesday of the summer season! Stop in between 1-3pm today and go home with a Museum Patch free!

We will still be open our normal Sundays through the first weekend in December, and if you are looking to schedule a special tour or group visit, reach out - we are always happy to open at other times as well!

Thanks to everyone who stopped in this summer for our special Wednesday hours!

08/29/2023

Yesterday Chicagoland marked two historic days, one with the help of our current artist-in-residence Asia Bell. Check out this clip from yesterday’s news we just happened to catch! Asia is an amazing talent doing important work throughout the area.

Happy Monday! It was a busy, dry and hot week in Warrenville 150 years ago. There were lots of comings and goings; read ...
08/28/2023

Happy Monday! It was a busy, dry and hot week in Warrenville 150 years ago. There were lots of comings and goings; read all about it here!

“ 28th Thursday   fine dry hot weather  I did my choars & choared round the office a little closed up about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & tiered out. “ 29th Friday   A fine dry hot day & night  I did my choars choared round t

It’s International Dog Day and we always love sharing this tribute to one of the most famous Warrenville dogs.This clipp...
08/26/2023

It’s International Dog Day and we always love sharing this tribute to one of the most famous Warrenville dogs.

This clipping from the December 30, 1965, Warrenville Digest relayed the sad news that “Warrenville’s favorite dog” Jughead has passed away. Almost everyone we have ever talked to who grew up in Warrenville in the early 1960s has a story about Jughead, including riding bikes past Jughead who loved to sleep in the middle of the road!

Do you have a Jughead memory or would you like to propose a new dog to be Warrenville’s favorite dog?

Happy Monday! It was a hot week in Warrenville 150 years ago too. Hiram made soap, there was a big picnic in Jones Grove...
08/21/2023

Happy Monday! It was a hot week in Warrenville 150 years ago too. Hiram made soap, there was a big picnic in Jones Grove, a wedding took place, and lots of other comings and goings. Read all about the week in history here!

“ 21st Thursday   verry hot dry weather  I did my choars choared round the office some closed up about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick  thurmometer all the week has been from 95 to 100 degrees above zero in middle of day  finished making soap & ca

Although we are about to hit a late summer heat wave, fall will be here before we know it! Our Annual Cemetery Walk is l...
08/20/2023

Although we are about to hit a late summer heat wave, fall will be here before we know it! Our Annual Cemetery Walk is less than 2 months away. Save the date for this wonderful evening celebrating Warrenville's past!

If you'd like to join our cemetery walk team as a reader or tour guide let us know! Email us at [email protected]. This is a great opportunity for high schoolers to get in some community service volunteer hours!

Happy first day of school! We hope all the kids, teachers and parents enjoy a wonderful school year!This picture from ou...
08/16/2023

Happy first day of school! We hope all the kids, teachers and parents enjoy a wonderful school year!

This picture from our collection is from the Holmes School 1972-1973 Fifth Grade Class. Recognize any familiar faces?

Happy Monday! Read all about the week that was in Warrenville history 150 years ago. It was a pretty uneventful week as ...
08/07/2023

Happy Monday! Read all about the week that was in Warrenville history 150 years ago. It was a pretty uneventful week as told by poor Hiram, who of course continued to go to bed nearly sick and tired.

“ 7th Thursday   fine weather with a shower  I did my choars choared round the office some closed up at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick. “ 8th Friday   A fine drying hot day with a heavey rain during the night  I did my choars choared round the of

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table last night at National Night Out! We always have a great time getting local ...
08/02/2023

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table last night at National Night Out! We always have a great time getting local history out into the community!

Happy Monday! Read all about the week that was in Warrenville history 150 years ago and make sure to stop by our booth t...
07/31/2023

Happy Monday! Read all about the week that was in Warrenville history 150 years ago and make sure to stop by our booth tomorrow night at National Night Out! Have a great week!

“ 31st Thursday   fine dry weather  I did my choars choared round the office some closed up about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick with a cold & the rheumatism  A shower tonight Bishop Bartholomews father died this forenoon. “ August 1st Friday &

We love to see our community’s history featured in such an amazing way! If you haven’t seen this in person yet, stop by....
07/28/2023

We love to see our community’s history featured in such an amazing way! If you haven’t seen this in person yet, stop by. What a wonderful project!

And you can see all the history behind the historic Chicago Aurora & Elgin Railroad that is now the Prairie Path at our museum, up all this year.

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