In 1998-99, the Library was awarded an IMLS grant through the Illinois State Library, of $39,500 to create a digital project, "Park Forest: An Illinois Planned Community. "Photographs, the original Plan of Town of 1946, documents, original sales brochures and news articles are available on the Illinois Digital Archives at www.idaillinois.org, or through the Society's website at www.parkforesthistory.org.
Ownership and responsibility for the photograph collection and digital project have already been transferred to the Park Forest Historical Society. When the Society finds a suitable building and funding to support the Archive, the bulk of the Park Forest Local History Collection and Archive will come under their ownership, with some basic research materials retained at the Park Forest Public Library. Hard copies of the Park Forest Reporter, The Park Forest News and Park Forest View are in the custody of the Society. The videotape collection of about 135 3/4" Umatic tapes from the Cable companies, and many VHS tapes of past PFHS programs and a number of oral history interviews are also in the custody of the Society, held at the Archive Office. The Park Forest Historical Society and Park Forest Public Library share the rent at St. Mary's, and the Village of Park Forest has contributed to the preservation of Park Forest History in the form of a grant to the Society.
Special note: Beginning in May 2009, the Park Forest Public Library will be doing interior renovation.
The Park Forest Historical Society has foundsafe haven for some items in the collection. Hard copy of the
Park Forest Reporter and the collection of historical videotapes of interviews and past programs
will be temporarily available offsite, with the assistance of volunteers from the Park Forest Historical Society.