The Heritage Room houses a unique local history collection. The major focus of the room is Park Ridge history. The collection includes:
: 1922-1923, 1930-1931, 1948, 1949
: 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
Microfilm of the Park Ridge newspapers
- Maine East and Maine North: 1995, 2005
- Maine West: 1995
- Maine South: 1995, 2005
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.
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
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.