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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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  • Masonry Restoration

    Masonry Restoration

    Here are some local company’s that are specialized in masonry. If you have any other resources please post a comment or send us an email so we can update this resource list. Very professional and preservation minded

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  • Berwyn Bungalow’s today

    Berwyn Bungalow’s today

    Berwyn has the most significant collection of Chicago-style bungalows in the nation. Traditionally, Berwyn Bungalows are one-story buildings with basement and attic, two to three bedrooms, and a living and dining room. Decorative details included oak woodwork and stained glass windows. The finances of the owner at the time they were built determined the specific […]

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  • South Oak Park

    South Oak Park

    At roughly the same time, still another community was developing on the north side of present day Berwyn, aided by “Honest John” Kelly. Located more than 1-1/2 miles north of the growing communities to its south, this area extended from Roosevelt Road to 16th Street and from Ridgeland to Harlem and was first known as […]

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  • LaVergne


    LaVergne: Thomas Baldwin Berwyn’s development began in 1856 when Thomas Baldwin purchased 347 acres of land that he subdivided into large, 10-acre lots, hoping to market the idea that he named LaVergne as an all exclusive community for affluent residents. Baldwin invested heavily in this community; he built many roads and imported thousands of maple, […]

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  • 2008 Bungalow Walk

    2008 Bungalow Walk

    Here are some videos from homes featured on the 2008 tour. Weable Home: Bond Home: Coverage: Residents tout bungalows for tour – May 08, 2008 – Berwyn Life 3rd Annual Bungalow Tour – Apartment Therapy

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  • Stained Glass and Angel Gilding Lecture — May 13, 2009

    Stained Glass and Angel Gilding Lecture — May 13, 2009

    The Berwyn Historical Society and Berwyn Public Library hosted a free lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, on the history of stained glass found in Berwyn’s bungalows. Area artists Sarah King lectured about the almost lost art of angel guilding and Cec Hardacker offered tips and held a demo on how to restore and […]

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  • Trolley Tour for Berwyn’s Centennial

    Trolley Tour for Berwyn’s Centennial

    The Berwyn Historical Society hosted three trolley rides touring historic sites throughout the city. The route passed all seven local sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including city hall and the train station at Oak Park and Windsor avenues. It also featured the new large-scale condo development and the recently installed median […]

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  • IIT Archivist Ralph Pugh Receives Transfer of Historical Documents

    IIT Archivist Ralph Pugh Receives Transfer of Historical Documents

    On May 15, a small ceremony was held in Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s office to transfer a scrapbook containing rare documents and clippings illustrating Berwyn’s attainment of city status in 1908. Mayor Michael O’Connor of Berwyn, along with the president of the Berwyn Historical Society and Ralph Pugh….. Read full announcement

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