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Early 19th century

  • b/w photos of Lake Michigan, camping, canoeing, various recreation
  • b/w photos of Highland Park rescue and lifeguard group
  • b/w photos of misc. geographic areas - mountains, Texas

90th Anniversary

This folder contains documents, photographs, and logistical information regarding the Ravinia Garden Club’s 90th Anniversary Celebration. In it is an Invitation Pamphlet, a news release, a summary packet that gives an overview of the club’s background, history, and impact on the surrounding communities, a mayoral proclamation honoring the club, a certificate of merit from the National Garden Clubs, Inc., a newspaper article featuring the club’s anniversary, and logistical documents regarding dinner reservations at MLG.


This folder contains within a series of handwritten monthly financial statements for the RGC between the dates of Sept. 1, 2014, to August 31st, 2015 under the care of Barbara Ruffalo, the acting treasurer at that time.


A list of awards granted to various garden clubs throughout Illinois, as well as potential programs and a letter from the Botanic Garden thanking the Ravinia club for their donation of two rare books regarding Marilyn Alaimo. Included in this folder are awards that do not take the form of ribbons; Award 19, awarded to Marilyn Putz (née Alaimo) for Garden Therapy. Additionally, there is a postcard from Ravinia Garden Club President Marilyn Alaimo thanking them for their contribution to the Botanic Garden’s Collection.

News Clipping, Membership, Committee Papers

A variety of newspaper clippings regarding the Ravinia Garden Club and their involvement in various communities and Universities throughout Illinois, a membership roster that lists their members’ names, addresses, and contact information, and attendance during critical meetings. Additionally, there are assorted program listings, park plans and an awards packet disseminated by the Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc. for the year of 2010.

Financial Statements

Handwritten monthly financial statements by the Ravinia Garden Club treasurer from the years of 2009-2015. These statements state the balance of club funds, the interest gained on them, and their disbursements.

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