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Step Back into a 1950s Valentines Day

In February, the 1950s Park Forest House Museum has a Valentines Day theme.  The classroom is decorated for a 1950s Valentines Day party with vintage valentines and crepe paper candy baskets, and construction paper heart-shaped valentine “mailboxes” on each desk.  Red honeycomb, puffy hearts are hung around the room.  Vintage valentines are on display throughout the house.

A visit to the museum in February offers a bright, cheerful break from the gray days of winter.  A guide will tell you the early history of Park Forest, and you can explore this original rental unit, built in 1948-49.  It is furnished as it might have been from 1948-1953, with toys, children’s books, dolls and dollhouses on display.  The classroom represents Forest Boulevard School, the first school set up in the rental units.

The museum, located at 141 Forest Blvd, is open Saturdays from 1-3 p.m.  Donation is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.  Have a small group you meet for lunch, or a book club or church group looking for something new to do?  Contact us at parkforesthistory1 at to arrange a tour at a time that suits your group.

Bring a friend and Step Back into the 1950s with Us!