Park Forest: An Illinois Planned Community

In 1998-1999, The Park Forest Public Library received a $39,500 Educate and Automate Grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Illinois State Library. Archivist Jane Nicoll was the Project Director. 

Twenty-six Oral History transcripts from OH! Park Forest were scanned in Optical Character Recognition.  A number of photographs were scanned into the project, along with images of early sales brochures and some newspaper articles.

The Plan of Town, submitted by American Community Builders in 1946 is available, including some architectural drawings of the town done by Loebl, Schlossman and Bennett architecture firm. There is a History Packet which contains a bibliography and lesson plan ideas at several age levels.

The project is now on the Illinois State Library project Illinois Digital Archives. Responsibility for the project transferred to the Park Forest Historical Society in 2006-2007.  We hope to add to it as we are able. In 2009, our digital lab equipment is in storage, but we can provide digital images. Editing of transcripts goes on as volunteer time allows.

Go directly to Park Forest: An Illinois Planned Community.  If you have problems connecting to the project, please email us to let us know.  IDA has done some renovations to their site and the link has been troublesome.


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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.

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