Research & Education
The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest promotes an understanding and appreciation of the history and peoples of our two villages by collecting, preserving, and making available research materials and by providing outreach services to the communities.
The Society collects artifacts with local ties, records of local organizations and people, photographs, books and printed material, and other historical resources on the villages.
This wide range of material is available to homeowners interested in their house history, middle school and high school students undertaking research reports, genealogists, reporters, government officials, college and graduate students, authors, local business owners, and other researchers and interested residents.
This section of the Website provides additional information about research and education resources that are currently available at the Historical Society Research Center.
In recent years the Society has assisted the staff of the PBS science series NOVA for their 2007 documentary, Forgotten Genius, on the life of Dr. Percy Julian; author Nancy Horan for her bestseller, Loving Frank; WTTW for Chicago’s Western Suburbs: From Prairie Soil to Prairie Style, with Geoffrey Baer; and production staff for Ken Burns’ 1998 film, Frank Lloyd Wright.
In addition to special Exhibits & Events, periodic program opportunities are offered to scout troops, schools, and neighborhood groups.