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Founders Day 2018 Event Schedule…

Join us for 10 events scheduled from April 24th through May 6th to honor our Founder of the Year, Walter Blanchard, and to celebrate local history. From Golf to Gardening, Bicycling to Billy Goats ... there's something for everyone. Check out this article for some more details, and click on the Founders Day flier link below for web links and information about signing up for any or all of these events.

Founders Day Flier - Calendar of Events
Founders Day Press Release


Join us American Home Garden Design
1830 to the Present

This informative presentation will help you draw inspiration for your own garden from the history of home garden design! Author and lecturer Nina Koziol will discuss how home garden design has changed since the Midwest was first settled. You will learn more about design evolution, the rise of the suburban lawn movement, foundation plantings, cottage gardens, moon gardens and heirloom plants to name a few.

  • Tuesday, April 24
  • 7:00-8:15pm
  • Avery Coonley School (Old Library), 1400 Maple Avenue - DG
  • Cost: $10
  • Register Online: Click Here


Check out our new map of Downers Grove American Foursquares!

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We are dedicated to the history and heritage of Downers Grove, Illinois

The Downers Grove Historical Society is an independent, non-profit volunteer organization which was incorporated in 1968. We are dedicated to keeping history alive for future generations by preserving and promoting the heritage of Downers Grove. We seek to foster an understanding, awareness, and appreciation of our town's history and architecture through education, community programs, publications, and acknowledgement of historic sites. We rely solely on public support to continue these efforts.

We are dedicated to the history and heritage of Downers Grove, Illinois



Help make history matter. Become a member today!

When you become a member of the Downers Grove Historical Society, you join those who are supporting the efforts to preserve, protect and share our rich heritage. Your membership supports a vital cultural resource and preserves our town's history - now, and for future generations.