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Downers Grove Historical Society and The Avery Coonley School Presents

In its current location since 1929, the Avery Coonley School is the only building in Downers Grove listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Come learn about the history and architectural design of The Avery Coonley School, followed by a guided tour.  From its roots in progressive education, to today’s mission to serve academically gifted students, the school continues to be a place where beauty meets function for 21st century learning.

When: Thursday, May 9
Time: 6:30pm Presentation, 7:15pm Tour
Where: Avery Coonley School - 1400 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove
Cost: FREE for DGHS Members whose dues are current; $15 for Non-Members
Light refreshments will be provided.




2019 Founders Day Celebration

Saturday, April 27

9am-3pm - Downers Grove Handmade Market  ($2 at the door)
O’Neill Middle School, 635 59th St

11am - 43nd Annual Pine Hollow Open Golf Tournament
Downers Grove Golf Club, 2420 Haddow Ave
Register @ www.dgparks.org   (Fees apply)

1pm - Wild Flowers Walk  (Donation Appreciated)
Lyman Woods Interpretive Center, 901 31st St.
Reservations @ www.pdha.org  

Thursday, May 2

5pm-8pm - Shop, Sip & Stroll  (cost: $35)
Downtown Winewalk
Purchase tickets @ www.downtowndg.org

6:30-8pm - History of the Burlington Route in DG   (cost: free)
Lincoln Center - Henry Breasted Auditorium, 935 Maple Ave
Register @ www.dgparks.org

Saturday, May 4   Founders Day

9am - Self-Guided 10k & 5k Walks  ($3 at the door)
Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave
9-11am Registration; Group Walk Starts 9:30am

9am - Family Bike Ride   (cost: free)
Meet at SE Corner of Fishel Park, 1036 Grove St
Ride starts promptly at 9:30am  •  Sign-in day of event

11:30-Noon - Founder of the Year – Henry Carpenter   (cost: free)
Main Street Cemetery (Dedication at grave site)

Noon-3:00pm - Country in the Park   (cost: free)
Downers Grove Museum Campus, 831 Maple Ave

2:45-3:30pm - Landmark Your Home   (cost: free)
Montrew Dunham History Center (The Barn) 831 Maple Ave

Sunday, May 5

1:30-2:00pm - Afternoon Story Time   (cost: free)
Downers Grove Public Library, Kids Program Room
Registration Not Required  •  www.dglibrary.com

1:30-4:00pm - Model Railroad Display   (cost: free)
Downers Grove Public Library, Lobby
Registration Not Required  •  www.dglibrary.com

2:00-3:00pm - Songs of the Civil War and Old West   (cost: free)
Downers Grove Public Library, Meeting Room
Registration Not Required  •  www.dglibrary.com

Thursday, May 9

6:30pm - The History and Architecture of the Avery Coonley School ($15; Members Free)
Avery Coonley, 1400 Maple Ave
Register @  www.downersgrovehistory.org/register



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


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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.