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House Photographs Collection

  • US-IlHpCH 306
  • Collection
  • 1987-1993, undated

Mostly color photographs of houses in Highland Park, Illinois. Many photographs are labeled with MLS numbers.

Culver family papers

  • US-IlHpCH 300
  • Collection
  • 1903-1982

The collection consists of primarily historical documents related to the family’s property at 2687 Logan Street, Highland Park, Illinois. This includes abstracts about the property, a plat survey, estimate for a patio enclosure by Montgomery Ward, and correspondence about the water service pipe and placement of the home in the National Register of Historic Places. The collection also contains maps of Highland Park, Illinois; photographs of an unknown bride and a Boy Scout summer camp; programs; brochures and other ephemera.

Culver, Lillian G.

Evangelical Congregational Church

  • US-IlHpCH 2022.3
  • Collection
  • 1855-2016

The Evangelical Congregational Church of Highland Park marked its official founding on June 28, 1896, with the dedication of its newly erected church building, but the church’s origins date back further. The early church was comprised of German speaking pioneer settlers from Pennsylvania who had been members of the Evangelical Association found by Jacob Albright. In 1839, these settlers started a church in what is now North Northfield. Some of these church families relocated to Highland Park and formed a group that by 1873 was part of the Des Plains circuit. A church building was erected in 1883 on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Green Bay Road. In 1894, the Illinois Conference of the United Evangelical Church was organized following a division of the Evangelical Association. The First United Evangelical Church of Highland Park was organized under this conference and construction began on the permanent church building.

Upon the dedication of the church building in 1896 by Bishop Rudolph Dubs, H. H. Thoren became the first pastor. The church originally held its services in German until introducing an English service in 1898 and the earliest records of the church are written in German. In 1913 the church sent out its first missionary, Homer Dubs, to China and enlarged the basement of the building. The church decided to remain independent during the merger of the two national denominations, The United Evangelical Church and the Evangelical Association in 1922. The interior of the church was remodeled in 1935. During the 1950s the basement was enlarged again, and the steeple lowered due to deterioration of the wood. On June 24, 1962, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for a new Christian Education Building to provide more space. The completed building was dedicated on May 26, 1963, by Bishop H. H. Scanlin. The church became affiliated with the Evangelical Congregational Church headquartered in Myerstown, Pennsylvania, the successor to the United Evangelical Church. The last service at the Evangelical Congregational Church of Highland Park was held on December 28, 2010.

The collection is organized into eight series: Administrative Records; Organizations; Women’s Missionary Society and Sunday School; Special Days; Memorabilia; Photographs; Publications; and Miscellaneous. The records document the operations, activities, and members of the church as well as their relationship with regional and national church groups.

Evangelical Congregational Church

Ravinia Garden Club records

  • US IHigp 304
  • Collection
  • 1927-2019

The collection contains awards, reports, administrative documents, publicity, tax records, photographs, and related materials about the activities of the Ravinia Garden Club and its members.

Ravinia Garden Club

Men's Garden Club Records

  • US IHigp 301
  • Collection
  • 1939-1993

The collection consists of records of the Men's Garden Club of Highland Park and subsequent Men's Garden Club of the North Shore and Gardeners of the North Shore. The collection contains an incomplete set of issues of the Garden Club's publication "Garden Pants" from 1939-1968. Also included are Men's Garden Clubs of America Yearbooks (1940-1943), applications for membership (1943-1957), correspondence, project information, metal garden markers, and materials from annual garden club shows.

Men's Garden Club of Highland Park.

Gieser Family Papers

  • US IHigp 305
  • Collection
  • 1890-2008

This collection regards the Gieser family, their descendants, and extended relatives from the turn of the 19th century to the present day in Highland Park. This collection pertains to the members of this family, as well as those who would eventually marry into the family, specifically Elise Weisenberger who married William Gieser. The collection contains a significant number of photographs and albums, Deerfield yearbooks, and other artifacts such as Adolph Gieser's fire chief medallion, and a DVD containing an interview with Elise Weisenberger Gieser about her family and her life on the Bonita Vista estate as the daughter of the gardener.

Gieser Family

Chief Fire Marshall's belt

  • US IlHpHS 2014.5
  • Item
  • circa 1899

Belt worn by Andrew Bock, Chief Fire Marshall of the Highland Park Fire Deprtment. Raised, embossed leather reads "Chief" on front and raised, embossed letters "HPFD" on fastner.

Highland Park Fire Department.

Highland Park Fire Department Collection

  • US IlHpHS Dept.Fir
  • Collection
  • 1889-1989, No Date

This collection was created by a committee developing a centennial exhibit for the Highland Park Fire Department. The dates range from 1889 to 1989 with the opening of the exhibit. The items found in this collection are various images, newspaper articles, an exhibit proposal, various reports from the fire house, a yearbook created for the centennial, and a uniform.

Highland Park Fire Department

Chaplain George D. Rice Lantern slides

  • US IlHpHS chap.ric
  • Collection
  • 1890 - 1920

The collection is comprised of 470 lantern slides positives, chiefly in black and white. The slides range in date from the late 1890’s to the mid-1910’s. The largest series (93 slides) are illustrated biblical passages of the Old Testament. The collection also comprises images of the Spanish-American War, the U.S. Navy, the Wreck of the Maine in Havana, Cuba (1898), the Battle of Bacolod (1902), and the Second Boer War (1899-1902). Included in the slides are images of China, Alaska, Cuba, Philippines, and several unidentified locations and portraits.

Rice, Chaplain George D.

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