February Historical Society Happenings

February is a big month for Park Forest History. On February 1 at 12 p.m. we will all be joining the Village of Park Forest celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Park Forest‘s incorporation.  Remember, at the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, you can find stories and pictures on the Tent Meeting of November 1948, where the tenants decided to incorporate.  There are also copies of 1948 leases, and photographs of what the rental units looked like in 1948 when the first residents moved in.

On February 7, 2009, the 1950s Park Forest House Museum will open for the season, decorated for Valentines Day! The Forest Boulevard School classroom, on the second floor is decorated for a 1950s party.  Vintage Valentines are on every desk, along with crepe paper candy baskets.  Puffy honeycomb hearts decorate the room.  Each desk has a heartshaped Valentine “mailbox” decorated by the students.  Even the teacher gets Valentines!

Vintage Valentines are displayed throughout the house museum. A visit to the museum in February is a great way to overcome the February “blahs”.  Come revisit memories of school Valentines Day parties.

The 1950s museum is open Saturdays from 1-3 p.m., or by appointment for small groups.  A donation of $5 is asked of adults; children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.

On Sunday February 8 at 2:30 p.m., in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial (200 years), the Society will host Cynthia Ogorek speaking on her book, Lincoln Highway Around Chicago.  Cynthia will be selling and signing books after her talk.  Be sure to go to the Historical Society story on the home page of eNewsPF for  the full story on this program.

We hope to see you all at each event!  Be safe and warm.  1-25-2009