Cause of Fire at Heritage Hall- Arson

August 21, 2015
It is with great sadness that I must report a fire took place at Heritage Hall, 50 Sheridan Avenue, which was discovered Tuesday morning, August 18th. Our board member was the first to arrive for a meeting and unlocked the door to the scene. Luckily no one was hurt, but there is considerable damage to the building and some of the contents.

 

The Fire and Police Department have determined the cause to be arson and they have an ongoing investigation and a strong lead.

 

Although we are still appraising the damages, initial estimates could reach $100,000 dollars.

August 28, 2015

It has been a very busy week for the Historical Society, as we sort through what needs to be done after the fire. We thankfully have insurance, which will hopefully help us get back on our feet. Unfortunately, a lot of our efforts will be focused on restoration and repair and our fundraising goals for the renovation of the building into a museum and offices of the Clarendon Hills Historical Society, will have to take a back seat.

A completed up and running facility will be a great deterrent to crime and vandalism and will better serve the surrounding community.

Many of you have asked how you can help us get back on our feet, so that we can continue our preservation, programs and outreach into the community.

A contribution to our fund will help us transform our building into Heritage Hall so that we can continue our work of preserving the past so that future generations may benefit.
Click the link below to donate

Heritage Hall Transformation Fund

Thank you for for your caring and support.

Sincerely,

Diane Hiller, Annette & Harry Hillman, Steve Beeaker, Barb Nolan, Chuck Brand, Berry Di Simone, John Horton, Helen Justus, Chris Helms.
Clarendon Hills Historical Society
CHHS Website
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July 23 Program “Domestic Servants in the Nineteenth Century”

Domestic Servants in the Nineteenth CenturyDomestic Servant in the nineteenth century

The Clarendon Hills Historical Society is presenting an interesting program this month Thursday, July 23 at 7 pm at Village Hall,  Domestic Servants in the Nineteenth Century, made possible  by the Illinois Humanities Council’s Roads Scholars Program.  Below is a synopsis provided by the presenter.

 

Domestic Servants in the Nineteenth Century, presenter Erika Holst is part of the Illinois Humanities Council Roads Scholar Program.

“Having live-in domestic servants seems like the height of luxury today, but in the nineteenth century, “hired girls” were common in middle-class households in Illinois.

In a society without electricity and running water, household chores were onerous, and in the nineteenth century, a wave of immigrants made labor cheap and plentiful. The result was a society that grew increasingly stratified as the century wore on and the social hierarchy became more entrenched. In domestic servant situations, working-class men and women lived and worked side-by-side with their employers yet were considered second-class citizens, often leading to tense relationships.

Who were these individuals?

What were their duties?

What was their experience like within the household?

What were their employers’ experiences living and working intimately with a cross-section of society that they might never have encountered otherwise?

How did the nature of domestic service evolve as the century progressed?

This presentation will address these questions and more. The audience will be invited to handle period artifacts associated with domestic service.”

When: Thursday, July 23 at 7 pm

Where: Village Hall, 1 No. Prospect Avenue, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

Admission: Free to the public

 

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Daisy Days

Bev Briggs and Chuck Brand

 

Beverly Briggs pictured with Clarendon Hills Historical Society Board Member, Chuck Brand.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table in town or toured Heritage Hall! Thank you to our volunteers!

A very special thank you to Beverly Briggs who made a generous donation to our Heritage Hall Transformation Fund!

What a great way to wrap up our Daisy Days festivities. Thank you Bev!

 

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A Tea to Remember

The Clarendon Hills Historical Society is pleased to announce a special afternoon event hosted by The Birches. Learn about the history of Clarendon Hills, including an update on Heritage Hall and view artifacts collected by the Society. Click the link below for more details!

A Tea to Remember-April 16th

This is a free event, hope to see you there!
Diane Hiller
Clarendon Hills Historical Society
Save the Date!

Pardon our dust, but come and see where we are and what we are doing at Heritage Hall, 50 Sheridan Avenue, the first Saturday of the month from 2-4 pm.

April 16th- A Tea to Remember, 2:00 pm at The Birches

May 7th- CHHS Annual Bronswood Plant Sale, 9:30 am-4 pm
location: 3805 Madison St. Oak Brook, IL 60523

July 23rd-CHHS presents Domestic Servants in the 19th Century, 7 pm, Village Hall. Speaker: Erika Holst, Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar

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The story and music of Cole Porter

It’s delightful!  It’s delicious!

It’s de-lovely!

Come hear the story and music of

COLE PORTER

By John Boda, singer/ guitarist, in a multi-media presentation

Offered by the C.H.Historical Society

Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m.

Village Hall

$5 non-member

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