Collection wors.col - Places of Worship (Highland Park, Ill.)

Catholic Church ruins--destroyed by windstorm Sunday School class

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US IlHpHS wors.col


Places of Worship (Highland Park, Ill.)


  • ca. 1850-1958 (Creation)

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1.3 Linear feet : 1 Box

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This is an artificial collection, amalgamated by the Society.

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Please see archivist for provenance and accession information.

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Highland Park has a diversity of churches and synagogues, representing multiple denominations. From the first, a Catholic Church a cabin of oak logs erected by early settlers in 1846 to the Christian Science Church built in 1904 (the building was sold to the City in 1984), this collection comprises documents, service programs, photographs, newspaper articles and other materials pertinent to the Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and other Christian churches and materials pertinent to several Jewish synagogues serving the community.

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The collection is organized by denomination and church: Catholic, affiliated cemeteries ; Jewish, Evangelical, Christian, Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian and Baptist.

Files 1-9. Catholic: Immaculate Conception Church (Catholic) Several photographs of the St Mary’s Church, the first Catholic church in Highland Park, later renamed Immaculate Conception, a cabin of oak logs erected by early settlers in 1846. Biographical info of Father Marquette and a brief history of St. Mary‘s of the Woods. Letter from Pearl Stupey Courson (1969), clippings. Centennial Program 1946, 150th anniversary program, coin celebrating the 150th anniversary, negative of photos of Choir boys, some issues of the Parish Weekly (1950-1953), 2 booklets “Dedication April 30, 1967 Immaculate Conception Church.” It also includes several newspaper clippings, and a brief history of Immaculate Conception Church. - Catholic Church Villa St. Cyril (Catholic) Program of the 25th anniversary (1982), newspaper clipping. - - St. Mary’s Cemetery Photocopy of microfilm article: Oldest Roman Catholic Cemetery in Northern Illinois Abandoned. - Grace Cemetery Photocopies of newspaper clippings, photograph, two funeral memorial cards (1893).

File 10 Jewish: - Synagogue Beth El (Jewish) 50th anniversary Historical Outline by Morton M. Steinberg, issue of Impact – The Voice of Beth El (June 1968), newspaper clippings, photograph.

File 11 - Congregation B’Nai Torah (Jewish) Dedication programs B'Nai Torah Congregation, May 26th 1968 Musical program. File 12 - North Shore Congregational Israel (Glencoe) Photograph, picture cut from magazine, booklet celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of North Shore Congregational Israel (1970).

File 13 - St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church (Evangelical) Clippings and a draft of the text for the anniversary issue (undated). File 14 - United Evangelical Church Newspaper clippings, photocopy of photographs, postcard.

File 15 - Evangelical Congregational Church (Evangelical) 100th year celebratory issue (1996) File 16 - Evangelical Ebenezer (no accession numbers) Photographs (ca. 1910-1930), flyers (1909). File 17 - Chinese Christian Union Church (Christian) Newspaper clippings (1987) File 18 Methodist: - Bethany United Methodist Church (Methodist) Choir photograph (no accession number), services programs (1928, 1929, 1988), clippings File 19 - St. John’s United Church of Christ (Evangelical) History of St. John’s Church (ca. 1950), photograph of the church (no accession number) File 20 Lutheran: - Redeemer Lutheran Photographs, pamphlet in commemoration of the 60th anniversary (1951), photocopies of articles. File 21 - Zion Lutheran Church (Lutheran) Photocopies of newspaper clippings (1946, 1950). Files 22-23 Episcopal: - Trinity Episcopal Church (Episcopal) Issue of The Church Choir (Sept 1898), newsletter for the centennial (1974), service program and newsletter of the 125th anniversary (1999), service programs, photographs, news articles and clippings, membership directory (1999). Files 24-26 Presbyterian: - Highland Park Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian) The Highland Park Presbyterian church was organized on May 26th, 1871. The folders contain the Historical Sketch booklet for the 50th anniversary (1921), postcard (ca.1920), service program and Mission Study for the 100th anniversary (1971), Pictorial Directory (1988), Church Directory (1952, 1963, 1967, 1976), 2 booklets titled Presbyterian Homes – Our History from 1904 (ca. 1999), clippings, newsletter (Oct 1978). Also included are minutes of a congregational meeting held on Feb, 1918, and correspondence (1923), services program (1912, 1986, 1996, 1999), including the service of installation of the Reverend J. William Giles (1970), a manual of the Presbyterian Church (1914), issue of The North Shore Review (1927), Annual Report (1975, 1977), The Highland Park Presbyterian Church – A History 1871-1996 by Bruce L. Felknor, and the Early History of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church. The collection also includes several photocopies of photographs, original photographs and postcards. File 27 - Community Thanksgiving Service Service program of the Ninth Annual Community Thanksgiving Service and photocopy of speech given by Mayor Raymond J. Geraci (1971), service program of the Fourteenth Annual Thanksgiving Service (1976). File 28 Baptist: - Baptist Church Highland Park First Baptist Church of HP Legal documents - Promissory note / receipt paid (1872), First Baptist Church of HP Legal documents Warranty deed (1872), photographs, clippings, concert program (1880). File 29 - First Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian) Mimeographed history for the 75th anniversary (1977), mimeographed History of Building Activity – First Church of Christ, Scientist (1939), photographs and photocopies of postcards, newspaper clippings. File 30 - Miscellaneous religious materials: A booklet titled Holocaust, published by Family Home Viewing Guide – A National Jewish Interagency Project (undated), A Memorandum of Greatest Urgency from Dr. Samuel S. Hollander to Mrs. Robert C. Schaffner concerning her role in the reconstruction of Jewish life the world over (1951), and the Preliminary History of M.W.F.T.S. Jewish Communities by Leah Axelrod (1974). File 31 - Churches - Multiple History of the Churches in Highland Park, by Richard Osberg; photographs, clippings, photocopies of photographs.

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Archivist's note

Processed by Claudia Nickson, 2012.
1.2 One copy Centennial Program removed for research 2020.9.24. nlw 1.3 Copy a brief history removed for research 2020.9.24, nlw.

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  • Box: 1