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  • Past Times — Winter 2004, Vol. 25, No. 4

    Past Times — Winter 2004, Vol. 25, No. 4

    The Condors Baseball Team by LaVergne Novak — Excerpt: In the mid-1930s, a group of boys and girls were playing baseball in a field on the west side of Grove Avenue, north of the Illinois Central Railroad tracks. Some “big guys” came along and chased them off the field because they wanted to use it. […]

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  • Past Times — Summer 2004, Vol. 25, No. 2

    Past Times — Summer 2004, Vol. 25, No. 2

    Horse-Drawn Wagons, Trains, and Automobiles by John Humiston — Excerpt: South Berwyn streets were paved with macadam, mixed sizes of crushed stone firmly compacted and sometimes bound with asphalt or tar. Curbs were slabs of cut sandstone about four inches thick, two feet high, and five feet long embedded edgewise in the ground at the […]

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  • Past Times — Spring 2004, Vol. 25, No. 1

    Past Times — Spring 2004, Vol. 25, No. 1

    The Paper Route … A Boyhood Memory by Don Dickney — Excerpt: It was the fall of 1946. I was 13 years old attending the eighth grade at St. Leonard’s School in Berwyn, Illinois. More than anything, I wanted a motorbike: cost – $200. To earn the money, I delivered the Chicago Tribune. I was […]

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  • Past Times — Fall 2004, Vol. 25, No. 3

    Past Times — Fall 2004, Vol. 25, No. 3

    How Good to Live and Learn by Ralph Pugh — Excerpt: Though I arrange the collections of the Berwyn Historical Society on a part-time basis, my fulltime work is as the archivist of the Chicago Historical Society. Over the years there, I have spoken with many people who have assumed that they could not expect […]

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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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