The Historical Society of Forest Park held its first Progressive Dinner on Friday July 15th, highlighting the history and current pleasures of Roosevelt Road, a thoroughfare that is sometimes overlooked
Forty-five neighbors and friends enjoyed a gorgeous night filled with food and drink along with historical treasures and stories. It was pure Forest Park. We made new friends and the Historical Society found at least one new board member!
Pat Malone of McGaffers created delicious appetizers I'd never seen before but hope to see again. Well done. Your staff kept the drinks flowing and a good time was had by all as we sat in the beer garden. Pat, you are not only a lover of all things history, but your generosity and grace to the Historical Society is profoundly appreciated.
Jill Wagner was our historian at McGaffers. Well done, Jill. Who knew that the Historical Society of Forest Park gave treasure to the Smithsonian?
Tom and Charlie Tzouras of the Golden Steer . . . OMG, can you say abbondanza?! If you're from around here, you already know how legendarily good the food is at the Golden Steer. We took over the entire dining room but it felt like family among old and new friends. Tom and Brian Kuhr as our historians shared stories of Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Todd, Sam Giancana and the Pink Clock. Tom and Charlie thank you for a lovely evening. By the way, your wait staff is second to none . . . and a bit sassy which I love!
We literally rolled out of the Golden Steer and over to Nadeau's Ice House for dessert and ice fun. Jim Nadeau and his team welcomed us with open arms as we viewed all of Nadeau's Ice House "eye candy" ice sculptures. I'm sure you've played Bags before where you throw bean bags through a hole in a platform about 10 or so feet away. Have you ever played a game of Ice Bags? Jim surprised us with "Ice Head Stones" for a bag game which seamlessly held to the history of the famous and infamous we discussed during the night. Connie Brown, your Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor delicious desserts were snuggled in a beautiful ice display. To top it off, Jim displayed his ice carving talent to reveal the Historical Society's logo which was encased in what we thought was a plain block of ice.
I know many who shared the evening are looking forward to the next event. So stay tuned for what's coming in October and November. Watch your email and look for our banners.
If you didn't come to the Historical Progressive Dinner, you missed a great night.
Join us for the 103rd anniversary of the Eastland Disaster on a multi-cemetery bus tour of the graves of victims buried in Forest Park. Tour participants will also receive a copy of our 2015 booklet with locates victims buried in Forest Park with photographs and biographical information on victims.
We will meet Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore. After the tour, we invite you to join us at Shanahan's for an after tour get together.
Our first annual House & Garden Walk was a huge success! 110 people walked through seven beautiful homes and gardens.
We couldn't have done it without our amazing Board especially, our Vice President Chris Everett.
Thank you to all our volunteers:
James Sullivan • Ramona Ramos • Andrea DiFebo
Mike Frantonius • Tracey Abbott • Mayoumi Barrack
Gwen Gregory • Jill Wagner • Rose Mattax
Jerry Lordan • Dave Borgealt • Brian Kuhr
Andrea Schoenhoff • Augie Aleksy • Joe Spagnolo
Thank you to all our sponsor:
AA Rental Center • @ Properties Meg Sullivan & Amy Hart Tomaso
Brown Cow Ice Cream • Everett Wealth Solutions • Fantastic Sams
Forest Agency Insurance • Forest Park Bank • Gillian-Baker Real Estate
State Farm Meghan Good • Team Blonde • Todd & Holland Tea Merchants
O’Sullivan’s Public House • Mark Zinni Architects • Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
McAdam Landscape • Kiwanis • Eagles • @Properties Lisa Pasquesi
Thank you to our host homeowners
• Tricia Foley • Mark and Maura Zinni • Pat and Larry Cima
Lori Lipkin • Jennifer Wolfe • John Cunningham and Rob Sall
Rick Wagner and John Sahli
In 1886 during a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day and in reaction to the killing of several workers the previous day by the police. An unknown person threw a bomb at police as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The police panicked, and in the darkness, many shot at their own men. Eventually, seven policemen died, only one directly accountable to the bomb. Four workers were also killed.
Eight men, representing a cross-section of the labor movement were selected to be tried. On August 20, 1886, the jury reported its verdict of guilty with the death penalty by hanging for seven of the Haymarket Eight, and 15 years of hard labor for Oscar Neebe. The national and worldwide pressure did finally force the Governor to change the sentences of Samuel Fielden and Michael Schwab to imprisonment for life. Although 5 of the 8 were still to be hung the next day, on the morning of November 10, Louis Lingg was found in his cell, his head half blown away by a dynamite cap.
Forest Park Illinois is proud to be the final resting place for seven of the eight Haymarket Martyrs. Radicals still choose to be buried alongside the Haymarket Martyrs, referred to as Radical Row, including Lucy Parsons, Emma Goldman, and Ben Reitman. The Haymarket Martyrs Monument became a National Historic Landmark in 1997,
To celebrate our historical connection to International Labor Day, the Historical Society of Forest Park will present a Sunday afternoon of food, history, music, and fun at Howard Mohr Community Center. Tickets include a buffet of German food with vegan options. Musical performances by Jon Langford and Al Scorch. Presentation by Author Kenneth J. Knack and Peter Cole, Editor of Wobblies of the World.
Both the Howard Mohr Community Center and the Haymarket Martyrs Monument are a short walk from the Forest Park CTA blue line stop. A shuttle bus will be available between the community center and monument.
The following organizations and business will have tables during the event
Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore
Girls Rock Chicago!
League of Women Voters Oak Park-River Forest
Illinois Labor History Society
Artist Rafael Nieves
Sponsored by Revolution Brewery, Kinslahger, and Liquor Warehousemen Union - Local 3
Quilts have been used for hundreds of years as vehicles for thought and political action: now more than ever! Join textile artist Nora Renick Rinehart for an afternoon of art and action. First, you’ll learn about a few projects - historic and contemporary - that combine activism with quilting. Then you’ll learn some basic embroidery stitches and create a collaborative signature quilt to mark the occasion.
Every Stitch Counts: Quilts, Activism and Making Your Mark this past Sunday was terrific. Big thanks to Nora Renick-Rinehart for teaching us the history of activism in quilts and as well as how to embroider. Together we made a beautiful signature tumbling block quilt. Big thanks to the Forest Park Public Library for co-hosting this event with us.
Did you know that the Historical Society of Forest Park started in the Forest Park Library? Now we're back with a display case to show off items from our collection. We're next to the local history bookcase, right where we belong.
We've had a HUGE year
Two exhibits in Village Hall Lower Level
Nine tours including walking, biking and bus tours
Veterans Day Dinner
International Labor Day Celebration
Prohibition Pub Crawl
Cemetery Scavenger Hunt
We also brought history to German Fest, Music Fest and the Casket Race
We want 2018 to be even bigger, but we need your help to do it!
Our first Veteran's Day Dinner was amazing. With the generosity of Shanahan's we were able to honor Forest Park Veterans with a complimentary dinner. Attending veteran's were kind enough to share their stories. We look forward to hearing more of these stories in our oral history project.
If you are a veteran and would like to participate in our oral history project please email email@example.com
Even in a close-knit community like Forest Park, there is an awful lot we don’t know about our neighbors—we often don’t know all the struggles they’ve faced, the sacrifices they’ve made, or the obstacles they’ve overcome. Despite the yearly holiday dedicated to honoring them, this is particularly true of our neighbors who are veterans of the Armed Forces. Some of them have served bravely during wartime—seeing and experiencing the horrors of battle firsthand. Others have led lives of quiet dedication to country here at home or abroad. We rarely get to hear their stories.
The Historical Society of Forest Park has dedicated itself to making those stories more widely known and shared. To that end, the Society has begun an oral history project, which seeks to record the stories of our Forest Park veterans for posterity. This effort is being spearheaded by Board Member Nancy Cavaretta, who is actively seeking veterans who are willing to be interviewed on tape, and provide us an enduring record of their service to country.
The Society initiated this effort on Sunday November 12th with a Veterans Day dinner held at Shanahan’s restaurant at 7353 Madison. Forest Park veterans ate free courtesy of Shanahan’s, and were invited to share their stories. 23 people were present—including nine veterans.
Each veteran was invited to share their story---and each veteran gave an account of their service. Joe Byrnes spoke movingly of his service in Vietnam, and of a friend who he thought had died in combat but who contacted him years later to renew the bonds they had forged years earlier. Other veterans gave fascinating testimony of their time in Afghanistan, Germany and here at home. Common themes included the frequency of “military families” where a commitment to military service is passed on from parent to child; the deep friendships that develop in battle; and the lasing benefits of military training and access to education. Two of the veterans were medical doctors.
Veterans attending the event included: Joseph Byrne. Raphael Davis, Patricia Salazar-Davis, Joseph Johnston, Cliff Leber, Debra Funderwhite, Chaplain Chandeep Singh Kabra, and Lt. Col. Dr. Neil Meccia, and Dr. Paul Roach.
The Historical Society plans to make this Veterans Day Dinner a yearly event, and extends its gratitude to all Forest Park veterans—both those who attended this year and those who, it is hoped, will attend future events. It is also grateful to Shanahan’s for providing a space, and their picking up the tab for our Veterans.