Events & Exhibits


19th Annual House Tour

The Highland Park Historical Society presents the 19th Annual House Tour in conjunction with Seyfarth month.

Neil P. Iovino, A Hero Not Forgotten

Neil P. Iovino's daughters will relate his early life and what led their father to enlist in the U.S. Marines. The daughters will reveal how he became a prisoner of war for three years in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines culminating in his rescue by the 6th Army Rangers. Sharing Iovino’s experiences upon his heroes welcome to the United States, they will Reveal Iovino’s life after his prisoner-of-war experience and how it impacted his family.

Matzo Balls, Chopped Liver and the Midwest: Jewish Foodways of the Heartland

Throughout the Midwest, one finds numerous ethnicities and creeds, each of which has contributed much to the amalgam that has become “the Heartland.” The Jewish immigrants, from all over Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, who settled here added their unique heritage foods and recipes to this mix. However, many of these dishes did not necessarily remain the same as they had been when prepared elsewhere in the world. In fact, they often developed a distinctive Midwestern flavor. Join Dr. Ellen Steinberg, author of From the Jewish Heartland: Two Centuries of Midwest Foodways, as she explores the fascinating evolution of Midwestern Jewish cuisine.

3rd Annual Save Stupey Cabin Picnic

$5 suggested donation for Stupey Cabin preservation. BBQ Picnic Live Old-Timey Music Kids' Activities & Petting Zoo Cabin Tours Plant Sale

Highland Park Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

The Highland Park Historical Society invites the community to step back in time together on June 1, 2013 from 11:00am – 4:00pm to observe the Civil War Sesquicentennial. As part of the Annual Stupey Cabin Picnic & Fundraiser, Civil War re-enactors will encamp on the lawn in front of the Francis Stupey Cabin located in Laurel Park, on St. Johns Avenue between the Highland Park Library and City Hall. No rain date is planned. The 10th Illinois Regiment will portray soldiers in a Union military camp in 1863. Military firings using black powder muskets will occur throughout the day.