Events & Exhibits


Hidden Treasures through Oct 2012

In 1869, the year Highland Park, Illinois received its charter, local resident William Clavey et al provided a loan to another resident, William Barker (or Baker). He offered two cows as collateral. These and other long-hidden documents have been preserved and made available through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and part of ongoing Hidden Treasures Exhibit.

Chicago’s Second Greatest Fire: Union Stock Yards Fire of 1934

With less than four inches of rain having fallen since the first of the year, and temperatures hitting 92 degrees on May 19, 1934, Chicago was vulnerable. It took only a carelessly tossed cigarette in the Union Stock Yards that Saturday afternoon to set off the most destructive blaze since the Great Fire of 1871.