Park Forest Historical Society Needs Volunteers For Increased Hours and Work On Archival Collection

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—March 5, 2012.  The Park Forest Historical Society announces the hours of the 1950s Park Forest House Museum are now Wednesday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to3:30 p.m.  The society needs many more volunteers to cover open hours and to open by appointment. The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, at 141 Forest Blvd, is one block north of the Park Forest Police Station, with convenient street parking in front. Long-time residents enjoy reminiscing with visitors, newer residents enjoy learning the history of this unique village and people who have lived in nearby towns enjoy sharing what they have known about the village over the years. Volunteers select which days they can serve, and how many.  Each open day is divided into two shifts.  Anyone interested in being trained as a docent/guide should contact Jane Nicoll, Director at 708-481-4252, or Mike Gans, President at 708-305-3308. Volunteers are also needed to publicize activities, programs and exhibits.

In January 2012, the society and the Park Forest Public Library transferred the Park Forest Local History Collection and Archive, and the society office out of remote storage. The bulk of the archive collection and the office are now housed in a classroom in St. Mary’s Catholic Church,227 Monee Road, and will be open by appointment. The society is seeking volunteers for special projects including fundraising, publicity, and work on the archival collection.  Projects include scanning photographs and documents, and possible updating of the website.

Volunteers are needed to trim, photocopy and label articles and documents.

Some of the collection is in the Park Forest Public Library.  Projects will include filing photocopied articles and documents at the library, and searching the files for answers to questions from out of town.

Publicity volunteers could design or distribute fliers, and help Blog and fill in announcements on social media sites.  Volunteers who use Twitter, can do pod casts, or are familiar with goecaching are needed. If you have a talent to offer or need to put in some public service time for school, please contact Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252 or contact the society via email through the website at