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  • Past Times — Winter 2003, Vol. 24, No. 4

    Past Times — Winter 2003, Vol. 24, No. 4

    Charles and Mildred Prchal Co-equals in Building Berwyn History by Ralph Pugh — Excerpt: Though women were denied equal rights with men until the twentieth century, many made names for themselves in a variety of fields as well as shouldering most of the domestic responsibilities. This was even more the case in working-class and immigrant […]

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  • Do you know the ‘Berwyn Flyer?’

    Do you know the ‘Berwyn Flyer?’

    The Berwyn Historical Society received a telephone call in May and President, David Olson, first learned of the tragedy connecting Berwyn with the small village of Milligan, Neb. That tragedy occurred in 1943 when two B-24 Bombers collided mid-air just north of Milligan. Click to read full article by Nick Vogel, Berwyn Life

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  • 4th Annual Historic Berwyn’s Bungalow Tour Invitation

    4th Annual Historic Berwyn’s Bungalow Tour Invitation

    The Berwyn Historical Society invites you to participate in “Historic Berwyn’s Bungalow Tour” to be held on Sunday September 26, 2010 — from noon to 5 pm. Celebrate a housing style that defined an era and join us for this leisurely walking tour featuring a variety of the community’s finest homes open to the public […]

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  • Images from Odgen Avenue

    Images from Odgen Avenue

    Here are a wonderful range of images from Odgen Avenue, once know as the Old Plank Road as well as a little historical overview. The Chicago Portage and Ottawa Trail a well worn Indian trail was a significant portage traveled by Native Americans, fur traders, and explorers. The trail was improved into a plank toll […]

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  • Old Advertisements

    Old Advertisements

    It’s interesting to see which businesses were in Berwyn and the surrounding area. It’s even more fun to see how they advertised and if their style and messaging compares to today’s ever changing world.

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  • Resources for Stain Glass/Leaded Glass

    Resources for Stain Glass/Leaded Glass

    “The term stained glass can refer to coloured glass as a material or to works made from it. Modern vernacular usage has often extended the term “stained glass” to include domestic leadlight and objets d’art created from lead came and copper foil glasswork exemplified in the famous lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany.” Read the full […]

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  • How it all started

    How it all started

    Berwyn is a community incorporated in 1902 as a village and located approximately 20 minutes to the southwest of the Chicago Loop. The south end of Berwyn today was originally made up of three communities: LaVergne, Upsala or “Swedetown,” and Berwyn. This entire area was bounded by 31st Street, Ogden, Lombard, and Harlem Avenues. At roughly […]

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  • Wedding in Berwyn

    Wedding in Berwyn

    I found this picture in our house when we purchased it in 2004. It had been relevant to the previous owner as I believe her Grandfather was the Justice of Peace. Delux Photo Studio, Berwyn, ILL. Public Wedding held in Berwyn under great tent, 1928. Olm A. Almberg officiating, Justice of the Peace. Earl Tauber, […]

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  • First “Past Times” Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 1

    First “Past Times” Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 1

    A publication of the Berwyn Historical Society. April-June 1979. Includes: Meetings update, Member updates, From the Station Platform, About the Society, Projects, e.g “Save the Station”, The Berwyn Station, not just another old building by J.R. Brabex, L.McManmon, & T. MC Manmon, And they called it Berwyn, The Burlington Northern’s Chicago-Aurora Line Marks 115th Anniversary […]

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  • Discover some of Berwyn’s artifacts and images in context

    Discover some of Berwyn’s artifacts and images in context

    If you’d like to see some artifacts you should visit City Hall and check out the display cases upstairs in front of the City Council chambers. Or if you’d like to see some great images in context you can stop by the new Walgreens in Cermak Plaza (At the Cermak/Harlem intersection). The New McDonalds on […]

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