Staff & Board
Frank has led the Historical Society for more than 15 years, guiding it in growth and community service. Responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Historical Society, Frank has planned exhibits, assisted researchers, coordinated public programs, and worked with volunteers and staff to oversee a wide range of other activities.
Frank has been active in the community in many ways, including service for six years as a member of the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission.
In 2009, Frank was co-author of Suburban Promised Land: The Emerging Black Community in Oak Park, Illinois 1880-1980. In 2006, he was named a recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award by the Illinois Humanities Council.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame in history and American studies, he earned a Master's degree in Public History from Loyola University Chicago while employed by the Historical Society. He lives in Oak Park with his wife, an Oak Park native, and their three daughters.
Beth is a recent graduate of a joint Masters program, receiving a Master's degree in Public History from Loyola University Chicago and a Master's degree in Library Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest. Originally from the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Beth has lived on the north-side of Chicago since she studied history at North Park University as an undergraduate student.
Beth has worked for the Historical Society since May of 2012. She enjoys assisting researchers, working with volunteers, and helping to plan Historical Society events.
Jan Novak Dressel
Mary Ann Porucznik
Peggy Tuck Sinko
Vice President, Programs