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PFHS Archivist’s Column February 2010

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 In My Own Little Corner.  Jane Nicoll  excerpted from February 2010  Park Forest Historical Society Newsletter.

 A BIG thank you to everyone who responded to our first Annual Fund appeal! Your generosity gives us a boost to begin 2010, and your support uplifts us.

 In the October 2009 newsletter, we mentioned that the collection at the library is unavailable to anyone. More disturbing is that it is being stored in the basement—which the library board themselves declared unsafe to house the collection three years ago.

 I did discover that a number of catalogued or bound items have been kept upstairs, like American Community Builders scrapbooks and the Hall of Fame binder.  The library will be closed January 31 into February for renovation activities.

 We hope the Local History Collection will be given a fully safe and accessible location in the renovated Adult Services department.  Remember, in the meantime, the Society does have access to some research materials and to the photograph collection.

 Requests for information and photographs for books and articles still come in. 

 We had an interesting program from Joe Schwieterman, who presented us with a copy of his book, Beyond Burnham, which was placed in the museum.  In addition to the articles and books on Park Forest which are part of the museum displays, the Society also houses some of the books about Park Forest, or that have used illustrations from the collection.

We also have a set of materials on collection care and cleaning from the AASLH Connecting to Collections grant.  We are willing to share those resources with other agencies or individuals who have a need for things like the Museum Handbook or the Museum Housekeeping Manual, which contain “how to” information on cleaning and preserving many types of materials. 

 In addition to your financial help, the Society needs volunteers!  In order to have the museum open each Saturday, we need to have people trained to show it and willing and able to take a turn a few times each year.  There are other volunteer jobs we have listed on our website at  Read the lists and see if there is something you could do to help us save our history and share it with the world. 

We need YOU!