The Park Forest Historical Society is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit corporation which was founded in 1985 to preserve Park Forest history, to educate poeple on that history, and to solicit donations to and volunteers for the Park Forest Local History Collection and Archive which had been started by Reference Staff at the Park Forest Public Library. See our newsletter, The Spirit.
The mission of the Park Forest Historical Society is to preserve, interpret and celebrate the unique history, diversity and achievements of the Village of Park Forest, Illinois through exhibits, publications and special programs;To educate residents, students and visitors in all aspects of village history;To encourage donations and enlist volunteers for the Park Forest Local History Collection and Archive and the 1950s Park Forest House Museum;To honor those who have, over a long period of time, contributed to the Village of Park Forest.
The Society's vision is to share the unique history of Park Forest with our community, region, state, nation, and world. We strive to develop and maintain an exceptional Park Forest History Center which includes the 1950s Park Forest House Museum showing life in American suburbia in 1948-1953, and provide a home for the Park Forest Local History Collection and Archive, in a facility with paid staff and space for exhibits, research, and education. It is our goal to inspire the high level of community involvement which has contributed to the livability of Park Forest, and to help make the village a heritage tourism destination.