Stained Glass in our Collections

Stained Glass from the Middaugh Mansion


The Clarendon Hills Historical Society is dedicated, in part, to preserving the rich and colored history of the Village of Clarendon Hills, as well as the history and themes of the Chicago suburban experience.  In order to do so, the Historical Society maintains a relatively large collection of artifacts, archival materials, and library books both for research purposes and public display.

Artifact collection

The Historical Society’s artifact collection is currently undergoing massive amounts of organization, restoration, and cataloging.  With the move to Heritage Hall, the soon-to-be permanent home of the Historical Society, the artifact collection is in a state of flux.  However, the Historical Society takes pride in its large collection of artifacts pertaining directly to the history of Clarendon Hills, and Chicago suburban life as a whole.  These artifacts include, but are not limited to, clothing, furniture, appliances, tools, photographs, letters, manuscripts, books, maps, and even cooking utensils.These artifacts are divided into the general artifact collection (larger, physical objects and textiles), the archives (older paper-based materials such as photographs, letters, and village records), and the library (newer, research-able books and pamphlets).  The goal is to eventually post a number of the artifacts, along with pictures and history, here to the website, for education and research purposes.  With luck, this will be completed within the next year, and closer to the move in date for the Historical Society at Heritage Hall.

Woodwork in our collections

Woodwork currently in the collection


Currently, the Clarendon Hills Historical Society is not actively seeking donations of artifacts, archival materials, or library resources due to space constraints and the focus on the move to our new location.  However, if you feel that you are in possession of something of historic value that will otherwise be destroyed, you may contact our collections personnel at XYZ@ABC.COM and they will help decide on the best course of action.

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