Past Exhibits

2016 Illinois Association of Museum Awards

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. img_0956

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.

wyld-award school

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Kenilworth Traditions: Old and New (Summer 2012)

The Kenilworth Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of our newest exhibit, “Kenilworth Traditions: Old and New”. The Kenilworth Historical Society’s Board Members came up with the exhibit concept in light of the many unique traditions that have been an important part of Kenilworth’s history. Some notable traditions include: Memorial Day Celebration; Village Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony; Kenilworth Historical Society Christmas Tree; Christmas Tree on Warwick; Block Parties; Kenilworth Field Days; Fireworks at Kenilworth Beach; New Year’s Party at Kenilworth Club; Scouting; Sears Halloween Parade; and Sears Graduation Parade.

In compiling artifacts for this exhibit, Kenilworth residents dusted off their scrapbooks and searched their basements and attics, donating photographs, movies, videos, programs, Christmas ornaments, banners, trophies and other historical items. Residents also shared their personal memories of participating in many of these unique traditions. Some traditions have existed for more than 100 years, while others are new on the scene.

The Kenilworth Historical Society is open every Monday from 9am-4:30pm and every Thursday from 9am-12pm. Stop in to learn more about Kenilworth’s traditions.

 


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The Next Fifty Years: Kenilworth in the 1950s, 60s, 70s,80s and 90s (2011)

The little blue book, Kenilworth-The First Fifty Years, captured the essence of life in the village during the first half of the 20th century. From the founding of the planned village by Joseph Sears to the Second World War, community institutions such as the schools, churches, government entities, civic and social groups were developed with continued to enrich the lives of Kenilworth families.

This exhibit examines life during the last half of the 20th century. The people of Kenilworth, while acting on new challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing world, continued to embrace village traditions that had developed through the years. Life did not remain static for the community. Kenilworthians were leaders in addressing the issues of the day, sometimes even making fun of themselves!

Visit us and relive yesterday. Our jukebox will stir memories of the fifties and the beautiful needlepoint rug completed in honor of the nation’s Bicentennial will showcase the artistic talents of village residents. The exhibit is packed with symbols of the decades.

The exhibit can be visited throughout the coming year. The Kenilworth Historical Society is located at 415 Kenilworth Avenue and is open from 9:00am until 4:30pm no Mondays and from 9:00am until 12:00pm on Thursdays, or by appointment.

 

Celebrating the Sears School

A history of the Joseph Sears School with many hands on and interactive activities for kids and kids at heart.
Semi-permanent
(lower level)

Planning a Community: Joseph Sears & the Kenilworth Company

An examination of the plan for Kenilworth developed and implemented by Joseph Sears and the Kenilworth Company. The exhibit also explores Kenilworth’s place in the history of planned communities in Illinois.
Ongoing
(library)

Celebrating the Sears School
A history of the Joseph Sears School with many hands on and interactive activities for kids and kids at heart.
Semi-permanent
(lower level)

Planning a Community: Joseph Sears & the Kenilworth Company
An examination of the plan for Kenilworth developed and implemented by Joseph Sears and the Kenilworth Company. The exhibit also explores Kenilworth’s place in the history of planned communities in Illinois.
Ongoing
(library)

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