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Dedication of FCHS Museum Mural. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

Posted on September 29, 2014

Join Flagg Creek Heritage Society members on Sunday, October 5, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m.vialHouse_edited-1as they dedicate the mural "Preserving the Past for the Future" that John Howard painted on the museum's exterior. Learn more about the images that appear in the mural, and visit the museum and Robert Vial House.

St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery Walk, Oct. 4, 2014

Posted on September 29, 2014

St. John Lutheran CemeteryThe Darien Historical Society and St. John Lutheran Church are sponsoring the first annual cemetery walk on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. The narrated tour will highlight the lives of ten individuals buried in the graveyard. Civil War reenactors will also be participating in the event.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church

Posted on September 18, 2014

In 2013 Lord of Life Lutheran Church celebrated its 45th anniversary on September 22.  View photos from a scrapbook which members of the congregation created as part of the 45th anniversary celebration, and learn more about Lord of Life Lutheran Church.

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Flagg Creek Heritage Society Presents Storyteller George Godfrey

Posted on March 19, 2014

George P. Godfrey, Ph.D., author, scholar, honored member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and President of Potawatomi Trail of Death Association will relate tales of his Great-great-Grandmother Watchekee on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Pleasantdale Park District, 7425 Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, IL. Don't miss this family-friendly program!

Darien Historical Society Valentine’s Weekend Event

Posted on February 4, 2014

Darien Historical Society has an "awe" moment for you on Valentine's week-end.  Come on Sunday, February 16 between 1 - 3 pm to the official presentation of the Andermann/Wehrmeister wedding dress, worn locally in 1930, now restored. For more of the story, museum directors will be on hand at Old Lace Schoolhouse & Museum with details and answers to your questions. Treats will be served on this sweet occasion.  "Images of America: Darien" will be available for purchase.

Darien Historical Society’s “Annual Sunday Dinner”, January 26, 2014

Posted on January 7, 2014

Support the Darien Historical Society at its most popular fund raising event--the annual Sunday Dinner at Alpine Banquets from 1 -4 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2014. Actor Terry Lynch will portray Benjamin Franklin. Donations are $27.50, cash bar, please call 630-964-6792 to place a reservation--no ticket sales at the door.

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Robert Vial Family

Posted on August 28, 2013

Robert Vial was a son of Lyons Township pioneers Joseph and Louisa Vial. Robert and his father were prominent members of the Flagg Creek/Lyonsville community. View historic photos of  the Robert Vial family and learn more about their civic contributions to Lyons Township.

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Santa Fe Speedway and History of Tiedtville at Flagg Creek Heritage Museum

Posted on June 14, 2013

The Flagg Creek Heritage Society has two new exhibits on display. Visit the museum (7425 S. Wolf Road) to view the Santa Fe Speedway and history of Tiedtville exhibit, and the Robert Vial House (7393 Wolf Road) to see the Bridal Gown exhibit. Check out the library's Tiedtville and Santa Fe Park set on Flickr to see some of the historic photos that are part of the museum's collection.

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Darien Historical Society’s Annual Ice Cream Social

Posted on June 14, 2013

The Darien Historical Society along with the Darien Park District invite you to their annual Ice Cream Social on Wed., June 19, 2013 starting at 6:00 p.m. in Darien Community Park. Enjoy Culver's frozen custard (donation $3) and free lemonade and cookies (compliments of the State Bank of Countryside).  At 6:30 p.m. there will be a children's concert featuring Miss Carole Stephens' Macaroni Soup.


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Marian Hills Seminary

Posted on February 26, 2013

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.

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