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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 the Park Ridge Herald Obituaries Index, which lists the dates and page numbers of obituaries from one of the local papers chronologically from 1929-1989. The actual obituaries are on microfilm in the Library.

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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