Park Ridge Historical Society
721 North Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Voters Approve New Park Ridge Park
Regarding the success of the April 9 Park Ridge Park District referendum to purchase the grounds of The Youth Campus and improve them for the new ‘Youth Campus Park’….
The Society thanks all voters who chose to preserve the historic legacy of the Park Ridge School for Girls by approving purchase of this land for a new park.
We look forward to an arrangement to maintain our new home in the Solomon Cottage, as the Park Ridge Recreation and Park District continues to plan for the new Park.
Society invites Maine East Grads '45-'48
to a Wartime Reunion at Maine East
High school students in the Maine High School (now Maine East) classes of 1945 - 1948 have stories to tell and the Park Ridge Historical Society, in conjunction with the Maine High Schools (East, West and South) are going to record them.
for further details
Historical Society Discovers Letter
from First Librarian
for more information on our News Page
Personal Connection to the
C54 Oral History Project Discovered
Click here to see larger version of certificate.
Robert C. Craer, grandfather of Society Trustee Barbara Christoper was an employee at the Douglas Aircraft plant on Mannheim Rd. He was employed there in 1945 during the time that the "Maine Flyer" was manufactured. Barbara recently discovered a certificate Robert received in recognition of a suggestion that helped with the War Effort.
Park Ridge Historical Society Announces
C54 World War II Oral History Project
John-Murphy and Jim Trecker inspect the 'Maine Flyer' Model, which was provided through the courtesy of Park Ridgers Jeff Caudill and Steve Dunn.
Over sixty years ago, students at Maine High School successfully undertook an amazing initiative: selling $500,000 in war bonds to finance a World War II C-54 Skymaster Transport airplane.
The aircraft, which still exists today, was made by Douglas Aircraft Company, located on Manheim Road, just west of our city limits. It is currently located in Arizona and is the focus of an oral history project currently underway by Society members working in conjunction with Maine Alumni.
For photos and details of how you can get involved click here.
PARK RIDGE POST OFFICE
MURAL RESTORATION PROJECT!
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Do you remember skating at the Michael Kirby Studio
in the old Ridge Theatre Building?
Help Support Our History On the Move Project
The Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable, not-for-profit organization
recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
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