Please Mark Your Calendar!
City Centennial Antiques, Collectibles and Flea Market
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Hodges Park – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
City Centennial ‘Spirits’ of Old Park Ridge
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Town of Maine Cemetery – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Two nights later, about 50 people enjoyed a spirited talk by Peter Malone, grandson of our town’s second mayor, at the Summit of Uptown.We thank Marc Dennison, who provided use of the room to the Society, along with complimentary ice water, coffee, and desserts. To the delight of the audience, Pete spoke about what life was like for him growing up here in Park Ridge. He also gave some insights into the way things were in 1910, both here and all across our country. Many current and former Park Ridge residents were present to welcome Pete, who now lives in a western suburb, and to join him in reminiscing about our city’s past.
The following Monday, the Society continued its City Centennial celebration by taking part in the Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade. Dale Mueller took the wheel of his 1912 Maxwell, while Society Trustees Mary Ellen Jones and John Murp hyrode in the back seat. Grace Murphy and Elizabeth Porterfield walked alongside, handing out to the curbside spectators small bags of old-time candy tied with Society business cards.
On the last day of June, the Society was invited to present a display table at the Library’s Lawn Event. A Park Ridge history timeline, designed by Trustee Barbara Christopher, was on dis-play, along with Park Ridge flag coloring sheets for the children in attendance. Trustees Sue Henn Jeff Caudill, and Pat and Paul Adlaf, along with Society friends Elizabeth Ryles and Mary Ann Tanquary, were on hand to answer any questions about Park Ridge history. Throughout the year, the Historical Society has been working hard to be a presence in our community, keeping Park Ridge history before the eyes of our residents. The celebration of the
City Centennial has given us many opportunities to present Park Ridge historical facts to the public, and there is more to look forward to in the months ahead. The Public Library’s second-floor display case will profile Park Ridge history all through the month of September. A keepsake Park Ridge history insert is planned for the October Spokesman. And the Society’s October cemetery walk will feature all past mayors of Park Ridge interred in Town of Maine Cemetery. As you can see, Park Ridge history is alive and well in this City Centennial Year.
At the Pete Malone speaking program on May 26th, Marc Dennison presented a special plaque to the Historical Society, commemorating the history of the Summit of Uptown in Park Ridge history. The plaque includes small specimens of the four bricks used in building the facade of the Park Ridge Inn. The Summit is the continuing presence of the former Park Ridge Inn, built in 1960 as a hotel, and now a complex of rooms and facilities for long-term residential occupancy. The Society is grateful to Marc Dennison, whose family owns the Summit, for preparing this plaque for us.
Marc tells us that Hausner & Macsai may have been the architects for the infamous ‘purple hotel’ in Lincolnwood as well, built around the same time and in a style very similar to our Park Ridge Inn, but he has been unable to confirm this.
Looking at Old Homes…..
Park Ridge has always been known as a city of homes, and in January of 2010 the City of Park Ridge adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance to preserve those homes and areas with historic significance.
A nine-member Preservation Commission was created to make recommendations to the City Council for historic landmark designations. Two of the Commissioners, Paul Adlaf and Barbara Christopher, are Members of the Park Ridge Historical Society.
Lynne Iorio was one of the most dedicated volunteers within the Society. She worked tirelessly for many years to make certain that all guests at our former home at 41 South Prairie Avenue were greeted properly, and provided with a thorough tour of the Museum building. Lynne and her dedicated group of Committee Members kept all of the displays within the Museum in good shape and ready for Saturday tour s, as well as for the many scout and student groups we accommodated during the week.
Lynne would have it no other way. She gave of her time selflessly: every Saturday we were open at the Museum, for hosting work and the care of our exhibits and displays, as well as her many years on the Board of Trustees. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Iorio, the Park Ridge Poet Laureate, two years ago. They lived for many years on Habberton in Park Ridge.
We are also pleased to tell you that Lynne remembered the Society with a generous bequest from her estate. We appreciate this gesture to the Society all the more as we move ahead with our ‘History on the Move’ project. Lynne’s legacy of the volunteering spirit, and dedication to the community served by the Society will be long remembered by us.