This summer the Illinois Association of Museums conferred two Awards of Merit to the Kenilworth Historical Society. Our exhibit Focus on Violet Wyld and our annual Joseph Sears School Educational Program were recognized. Both honors were presented at the awards luncheon during the association’s annual conference on Thursday, September 29th in Oak Park. Directors and staff accepted the awards on behalf of the historical society.
Our exhibit Focus on Violet Wyld features dozens of her photographs and multiple original artifacts. Violet photographed countless homes and families in Kenilworth during the 1940s through the 70s. Stop by the historical society to see if your family is highlighted in the exhibit. Our annual Sears School program, now conducted in May, introduces 2nd graders to the fascinating past of their village. The program includes a field trip to the historical society where the children participate in a presentation about the village’s history and learn about the different functions of the museum. A historical trolley tour around the village, guided by historical society volunteers is the program’s first activity. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked on these two projects, we hope you continue your service in the future.