Photos (courtesy Darien Historical Society) capture the beauty and undeveloped setting of the Marian Hills Seminary building and farmland from the early 1970s. The Seminary building stood where Stanhope Square now exists in Willowbrook. Many older Parishioners of St. Mary's Parish (now Our Lady of Peace) have described the beautiful tree-lined driveway to the Seminary where services were held before Our Lady of Peace school/church was built. Read more about the Marian Hills Seminary.
Support the Darien Historical Society at its most popular fundraising event--the annual Sunday Dinner at Alpine Banquets from 1 -4 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013. Leslie Goddard will perform as Titanic survivor Violet Jessop. Donations are $27.50, cash bar, please call 630-964-6792 to place a reservation--no ticket sales at the door.
Flagg Creek Heritage Society will offer its annual Victorian Christmas at the Robert Vial House on Sunday, December 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. Docents dressed in costume will be available during the open house. Refreshments will also be served. View photos from past celebrations to preview the festivities.
Start the holiday season off with a local tradition and join the Tree Lighting ceremony at Old Lace Schoolhouse & Museum on Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m. Before the tree lighting ceremony, visit the museum from from 1 to 3 p.m. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be available at Lace Elementary School, the Eisenhower Junior High School chorus will sing holiday songs, and Santa will be available to listen to your wish list!
Learn the history behind favorite Christmas carols, enjoy refreshments, and a sing-a-long! Start the season off with this fun evening on Tuesday, November 20th, 7:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Dale Park District Recreation Center, 7425 South Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, Illinois. For more about the festivities read Stories Behind Our Most Love Christmas Songs.
View the Hinsdale Animal Cemetery set on Flickr and learn more about this historic pet cemetery. September is National Guide Dog month, read about Karla I, a Seeing Eye dog and her owner Bernice Clifton. Over 3,000 people attended Karla's funeral service at the Hinsdale Animal Cemetery.
The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Flagg Creek Heritage Society invite you to the Lyonsville Cemetery for a Civil War Commemoration on Saturday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War will dedicate the gravestones that they recently installed in honor of the Civil War Soldiers who enlisted from the Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ. For more details, click on the following Civil War Commemoration September 8, 2012.
Learn more about the important role that the Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ played in the U.S. Civil War, and read the poignant letters of Hiram McClintock, member of the Illinois 127th Regiment wrote to Sarah North which are part of the Flagg Creek Heritage Society's collection. Read the letters, and images of the Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ before attending the September 8, 2012 festivities.
The Darien Historical Society invites members and the public to its annual Ice Cream Social on Wednesday evening June 20th at the Darien Community Park's South Pavilion. Enjoy pre-concert refreshments of lemonade, cookies, and ice cream starting at 6:00 p.m. Then settle back to relax and listen to the music of the Chi-Town Showstoppers at 7:00 p.m.
Visit the library's second floor to view the Darien Historical Society's fascinating display of antique farm tools. To see more DHS collections, visit the Old Lace School Museum on the first Sunday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. Pick up an order form for DHS' soon to be published book on Darien's historic roots. And if you don't have time to see the display or make it to the museum, view some of the museum's collections on Flickr.