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50th Annivesary Celebration - November 3, 1pm

You are cordially invited to join us for the celebration of 50 Years of The Downers Grove Historical Society
What: 50th Anniversary Party at Alter Brewing
When: Saturday, November 3
Time: Social 1:00pm
Presentations 1:30pm
Cake & Coffee after presentations
Where: Alter Brewing Company
2300 Wisconsin Ave, Barrel Room, Suite 215
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Cost: Adults, $10; Children 12 and under, $5; Families, $25

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Ticket price includes appetizers, one beer for adults, soft drinks, table snacks, coffee and cake (additional beer will be available for purchase)



The Living Cemetery - October 20, 10am-12pm

Main Street Cemetery: Every year the pioneer settlers buried at Main Street Cemetery come alive for a little while to tell their stories.  Enjoy a visit during their brief appearance and ask them about  what life was like back then.  Costumed volunteers from the community and from Herrick Drama Club appear for 2 hours to portray these important founders of our Community.  This event is perfect for all ages and is free. If you are already downtown that morning at the farmer's market or painting windows for Halloween, stop by the cemetery for fun and educational visits with the Carpenter's, the Blodgett's, and many others.


Historic Site Dedication

Penner Building Downers GroveOctober 20, 12:30pm-1:00pm
Every year, the Downers Grove Historical Society recognizes a commercial
structure or local site which has historic significance. This year, the
Penner Building at 5219-5221 Main St is being recognized as one of these
important structures.  Built in 1894, it contributed to the early commercial
health of the downtown business district and continues doing so today by
being home to varied businesses throughout the years in support of community
growth.  Join us as we dedicate the new bronze plaque which outlines the
history of this structure and its role in the economic vitality of Downers


Downers Grove Historical Society Honors
2018 Historian of the Year JOYCE TUMEA

Each year the Downers Grove Historical Society recognizes a person who has contributed to the Society's mission of celebrating and preserving Downers Grove history.   We are proud to recognize Joyce Tumea as the 2018 Historian of the Year.

Over the past three decades, Joyce has kept history alive through her songs, poems, skits, stories, newspaper columns and features celebrating Downers Grove and DuPage County's people, places,  and events.  Her Village-sponsored cable TV show "Today's Tidings" featured interviews with or about notable residents recognized for their achievements and contributions over the years, such as opera star (and Downers Grove native) Sherrill Milnes, former Mayor Betty Cheever, Choral Society founder Thelma Roe Milnes, comedian Emo Phillips, WWII Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Fred Lester Jr., Sears Home expert Bob Jensen, Underground Railroad expert Glennette Tilley Turner, Historical Society historians Carol Wandschneider and Lois Sterba, and local historian and noted author Montrew Dunham, among others.  She has interviewed community leaders involved with groups such as Downers Grove Rotary, Kiwanis, Artist Guild, PADS, AAUW, Questers, DAR,  League of Women Voters, Garden Club, and many others.

Joyce's newspaper column "Dateline Downers " featured in both the Suburban Life and Suburban Life-Reporter  Newspapers  also focused on interesting people, events and organizations in town, as well as on daily Downers Grove life.  

Joyce is an active volunteer with the Downers Grove Historical Society and has been active with the Downers Grove Museum mainly as a docent.  She has portrayed Lucy Downer,  Arvilla Wells and Avis Blodgett for various events.  She also has produced programming for these organizations, such as "A Downers Grove Holiday Historical" about our  early Christmas traditions in Downers Grove, and "Guests in the Graveyard" about some of our early settlers buried in the Main Street Cemetery.  Along with her all-volunteer troupe of actors called PriMerry Players, Joyce continues to write and produce historical skits, programs and songs celebrating Downers Grove, DuPage, and Illinois history.

A Downers Grove resident for 38 years, Joyce grew up in Brookfield and was educated at Lyons Township High School, College of DuPage, Illinois State University and Bradley University.  She and her husband Tony have three children, Connie, David and Phillip.

The Downers Grove Historical Society would like to congratulate Joyce for her selection as the 2018 Historian of the Year and to thank her for all she has done and continues to do to bring Downers Grove and regional history to life for readers and audiences throughout the area.


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.