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.
We’ve recently installed the second textile rotation in our Preservation and Process exhibit. These items were soiled in the flood last June and have recently been restored. The jacket, skirt, and blouse are all original Sears family clothing. Come check out the details at KHS.
We are excited to announce the opening of our newest exhibit! Preservation and Process: Preservation at the Kenilworth Historical Society. The mission of the Kenilworth Historical Society, is to preserve, collect and interpret local historical materials and make them available to the public. One of the most important aspects of the Society is preservation. Without historic materials we have nothing to interpret or share with the public. In order to serve as a museum and repository for these materials we need ongoing attention to preservation. In this exhibit, we will highlight various preservation techniques to maintain our archival, photographic, and object-based collections.
Featured in this exhibit are costume pieces, which have been recently restored after suffering water damage from last spring’s flood. Also, on display are a variety of metal, wooden, and paper artifacts that illustrate the various methods of preservation currently practiced at KHS. We have also highlighted the various properties in Kenilworth that have been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. If you would like to learn more about preservation or check out some of these rarely seen artifacts, stop by the historical society.
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.