1950's Park Forest House Museum

1950's Park Forest House Museum

1950's Park Forest House Museum
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1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Monee Road (inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church) in Park Forest, Illinois, represents an original rental townhome, furnished as it might have been from 1948-1953, the first five years of the village. Park Forest is the first fully-planned, post-World War II suburb, built to give preference to returning World War II veterans. It was the subject of William H. Whyte's, "Organization Man," and of Gregory Randall's, "America's Original GI Town." Originally the 50th Anniversary House Museum, it began in September 1998 as a two month temporary exhibit in an original rental townhome. It was located at 397 Forest Boulevard, moved to 141 Forest Blvd. in 2007. Since September 2015 it has been in two classrooms of the former St. Mary’s Catholic School. The Park Forest Historical Society also operates an Archive in Room 2 of the smaebuilding. The museum is closed in January, except by appointment, weather permitting. The Archive is open Friday mornings.
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Susan H
Lincoln, Illinois, United States86 contributions
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Jul 2021
This is EVERYTHING you would find in a typical 1950s home. It is laid out by room, laundry room, bedroom, living room, dining room and kitchen. There is a separate school room with desks. There are treasures to see in every direction. My husband and I grew up in the 1960s and 70s, but found several items that WE STILL HAVE passed down from our families. It is like walking into your grandparent's house and having a beautiful reminiscence. Only open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, but contact them via the website and see if someone is available for an appointment another time. Donations are accepted. Spend a quiet hour or two!
Written July 14, 2021
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jonsey p
Nesbit, MS55 contributions
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May 2013 • Family
Tour a co-op home in the historical town of Park Forest IL. Decorated in the style of the 1950's with all the accessories that a new family would need to live in the first planned community of the 1950's. You will not only learn the history of Park Forest, and how this town began, but you will also see items that were donated from former residents. This is a hands on museum, and you are welcome to look and touch the items. Open the drawers of the vintage furniture and see items, open closets and other nooks and crannies for more treasures. The basement is also packed with relics from life in the 1950's! The staff is very pleasant and accommodating, too. This is a great field trip for small groups who may be studying post WWII history, and a great walk down memory lane for the older generation.
Written June 2, 2013
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1950's Park Forest House Museum is open:
  • Wed - Wed 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM



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