Park Forest History in Our Schools – A Demonstration


The Park Forest Historical Society’s House Museum. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of School District 163, on Sunday June 28, 2009 the Park Forest Historical Society will present a demonstration of the new Park Forest History Curriculum Unit being used by Park Forest School District 163. The program will be in the Board Meeting Room of Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, at 2:30 p.m. Historical Society volunteers, Jean Bernstein, Suzanne Brown and May Wiza, retired School District 163 educators, joined forces to create the curriculum unit which has been a great success with students and teachers this spring. The district’s 60th Anniversary celebration was inspired by the Time Travel through the decades approach used in the curriculum unit.

May Wiza will demonstrate the material which has been provided to teachers on CD-ROM. The unit was used with several fourth grades in S.D. 163, and may be used by S.D. 162 in the new school year, as well.

Society president, Jerry Shnay says, “We are very proud of the work these volunteers have done to get Park Forest history in to our schools. Education about our Village’s unique place in history is one of the society’s missions, and this curriculum unit has brought our early history to life for the students.”

The society invites teachers and students who used the curriculum this summer to attend the program. The public is always welcome to attend historical society programs.

In honor of the 60th Anniversary of Forest Boulevard School, former students who attended are invited to come to the program and be recognized. The society operates the 1950s Park Forest House Museum which includes a classroom representing Forest Boulevard School and tells the history of the rental unit schools in Park Forest.

Information on the program is available from Suzanne Brown at 708-748-1529. Information on the society and the museum is with Jane Nicoll at 708-481-4252, and on the society Web site at www.parkforesthistory.org.