The Heritage Room houses a unique local history collection. The major focus of the room is Park Ridge history. The collection includes:
City Directories: 1922-1923, 1930-1931, 1948, 1949
Phone Books: 1923, 1929-1931, 1933 to present (Missing: 1954, 1957, 1959, and 1966)
Yearbooks from Maine Township High Schools
(including the yearbooks of Hillary Clinton and Harrison Ford):
Maine Township High School: 1913-1914, 1915, 1919
Maine East (Lens): 1937-1942, 1944-1949, 1951, 1954-1960, 1962-1967, 1969-Current
Maine West (Legend): 1964-Current
Maine South (Eyrie): 1965-1970, 1972-Current
Maine North (Saga) 1971-1981
Maine Township High Schools Alumni Directories:
Maine East and Maine North: 1995, 2005
Maine West: 1995
Maine South: 1995, 2005
Microfilm of the Park Ridge newspapers:
The microfilm reels highlighted below in red are unavailable for most of May 2017.
Herald 1889-1923(misc.) 1929-1986
Times Herald 1987-1995
Through the Library’s website, you can also look at our local newspaper Obituaries Index. This index lists the dates and page numbers of obituaries from our local papers. The actual obituaries are available to scan or print from microfilm in the Library. If you have any questions, Ask Us!
Family History Microfilm
Park Ridge Public Library is now a Family History Affiliate Library! Patrons can order microfilm and microfiche directly from the LDS Church and have them sent to the Park Ridge Library for viewing. We recommended that you call the Reference Department at 847-720-3230 to reserve the microfilm machine.
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Park Ridge History
City of Park Ridge, History Information - includes list of mayors, early census figures, first city hall, first mayor...
Veteran's History Project was started in conjunction with 2011's Park Ridge Reads program. Cathy Thompson, Outreach Services Coordinator, collected artifacts and photographs from WWII veterans and civilians who were involved with supporting the war effort. For more information, please call Cathy at 847-720-3382 or use this form.
The Library's Digital Past has been added to the Illinois Digital Archives website run by the Illinois State Library. Park Ridge Public Library has three collections to search or browse:
Two history books of Park Ridge: The History of Park Ridge, 1841-1926 by the Park Ridge Community Church Circle and A History of Park Ridge by Orvis Jordan
Mel Tierney American Legion Post Collection includes digitized collection of 1,467 index cards and newspaper articles about local residents who served during World War II.
Pieces of Park Ridge includes photographs and other items from community organizations, businesses and citizens.
The Heritage Room also houses a collection of newspaper clippings about local people and events. Books on neighboring communities, Illinois history, and the Columbian Exposition complete the collection. Please call 847-720-3230 in advance to make sure the item is available.