On Friday, October 11 community members and students gathered at the Pickwick Theater to meet Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and view a premiere of the documentary, "Dare to Dream" presented by the Park Ridge Historical Society. Students from Maine East and Maine South High Schools interviewed Secretary Clinton on stage where she spoke of [...]
On August 29, 2019 the Park District installed the official Park Ridge Landmark Plaque at the Solomon Cottage. The Park Ridge City Council approved the land-marking of the Solomon Cottage in June, 2017. Then Society Trustee Paul Adlaf, also a member of the Park Ridge Historic Preservation Commission at the time, composed the detailed [...]
Friday, May 24, 2019 was a successful day as the Park Ridge Historical Society celebrated Buchheit Day. On this day 109 years ago, we became the city of Park Ridge and elected our first mayor, Dr. Albert Buchheit. Dr. Buchheit defeated William Malone on this first City election May 24, 1910, with 272 votes [...]
The History Center will be open June 9 & 23, July 14 & 21 and August 11. View the latest displays and learn about the history of Park Ridge. Historical Society members will be on hand to answer your questions. Looking for a unique gift? You can purchase a History Center mug, note cards [...]
On Saturday, January 26, 2019 members of the Historical Society and volunteers moved the archives from the Nonprofit Center to the new History Center. Volunteers included members of Scout Troop#1 of Park Ridge, parents, scout leaders and trustees.
Hank Kupjack, a well known miniaturist and former Park Ridge resident is dead at 67. A Historical Society Memory: When the time for the 2004 Annual Meeting of the members of the Historical Society came near, the Society decided to ask Hank and Jay Kupjack to present the program following the luncheon and business [...]
Why does a community attempt to renovate historic buildings? One reason is because older community members want to preserve their history and let their legacy live on for future generations.
The Society is pleased to announce that the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has just signed off on our new plan for rehabilitation of the Solomon Cottage on the grounds of the former Park Ridge School for Girls. This plan provides the opportunity to preserve the...
The Society welcomed many families and youngsters to its table at National Night out on August 4th. Even our youngest historians recall the Park Ridge Centennial of 1973. Across the table, the Historical Society crew welcomed hundreds of visitors to its displays of...
One reason is because older community members want to preserve their history and let their legacy live on for future generations.With the construction of new and modern buildings that many communities invest in today, there has been less attention spent on saving older, historic buildings. One reason for this is the cost of renovating a [...]