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
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!
Park Ridge History
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.