Published Sept. 1, 2011
Hinsdale Historical Society our new
Making a Difference partner
They see it as nothing more than memorizing a long list of dates,
rulers and battles. They haven’t had the benefit of
seeing how a study of the past can illuminate the
While most of us spend our time in school studying the history of
our country and the world, the history of our own
community can be equally fascinating and relevant.
That’s why this village is lucky to have the Hinsdale
Historical Society working to preserve its past.
The society’s mission is to “collect, preserve and promote the
history of Hinsdale, Illinois, and to foster an
awareness and appreciation of its history and
architecture through education, programs, exhibits and
the maintenance of historical resources and properties
in the village.”
We’re pleased to announce that the Hinsdale Historical Society is
our new Making a Difference partner for the 2011-12
year. And we’re excited to begin our coverage this fall.
The historical society has grown and changed significantly since it
was formed as a nonprofit corporation in April 1975,
just two years after the village’s centennial.
In addition to its history museum at 15 S. Clay St., the society
owns the R. Harold Zook Home and Studio at KLM and
Immanuel Hall at 302 S. Grant St. Immanuel Hall also
houses the Roger and Ruth Anderson Architecture Center.
But there’s more.
A group of dedicated ladies a few years ago started a women’s board
to support the historical society. The board has
generated excitement with some great activities and has
helped shine a spotlight on the society and its mission.
Some are confused about how the parts of the organization fit
together, but it’s easy to explain for historical
society board President Shannon Weinberger. The
historical society is the umbrella or parent under which
all three locations fall.
“They’re like our kids,” she said.
And, as is the case with children, it’s hard to pick a favorite.
Each has its own unique history, architecture and
We’re anxious to help you get better acquainted with the historical
society and its offspring over the next nine months. And
we hope you grow to love and appreciate these wonderful
progenies, which help make Hinsdale such a great place
Making a Difference is a yearlong partnership
The Hinsdalean and the Hinsdale Historical Society,
which works to collect, preserve and promote the
village’s history and its architecture.