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Local History

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:

Herald 1889-1923(misc.) 1929-1986
Times Herald 1987-1995
Advocate 1942-1995
Herald-Advocate 1995-Present
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.


 Park Ridge History

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 

 Photograph of Mrs. Amelie Maas in front of her home at 310 Grand Blvd available in Digital PastPhotograph of children from The History of Park Ridge, 1841-1926 available in Digital Past


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.  

Photo of Park Ridge Girls in Weisbaden available in the Mel Tierney Post Collection

Pieces of Park Ridge
 includes photographs and other items from community organizations, businesses and citizens. Image of the Park Ridge Public Library in 1958 available in Pieces of Park RidgeKelly's Market cow from a scavenger hunt available in Pieces of Park Ridge Photograph of the Park Ridge Youth Campus availble in Digital Past


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.


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