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Park Ridge Historical Society
721 North Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068


Annual Meeting of the
Park Ridge Historical Society

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Barbara and Bill Scharringhausen

Bill, we thank you for your heartfelt remarks regarding the significance of our community’s prominent name ‘Park Ridge.’ We share your respect and honor for this place and for the history of the people, places and events that have made Park Ridge a wonderful place.
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The Park Ridge Historical Society is pleased to release a preview trailer (see below) for a documentary based on its Wartime Memories Oral History Project.

The trailer was produced by students at Maine East and Maine South High Schools. The trailer previews a documentary video which reveals how students in the wartime classes sold over $500,000 in WWII bonds to purchase a C54 transport plane manufactured in 1945 at the Douglass aircraft plant at Mannheim and Higgins Roads. Our current students interviewed ten graduates from the classes of ‘45 through ‘48 and documented what it was like to be a student during the war years.

“I’m tremendously excited” says Wartime Memories Coordinator and Society Vice President John Murphy. “The students have done a tremendous job showing how our community came together during one of the most difficult periods in our nation’s history”. Phil Ash, Maine East/South TV & Radio teacher hopes to release the complete documentary in mid-December. It will be used to inform current Maine Township High School students regarding the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on VE and VJ Days in 2015.

Faster and Higher - That's Maine's Flyer: Documentary Trailer
from WMTH-TV on Vimeo.

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cast members

Maine South 'Spirits of Old Park Ridge'
Cast Members, October 14


Do you remember skating at the Michael Kirby Studio
in the old Ridge Theatre Building?

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recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.


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