Welcome to the Evergreen Park Public Library's Local History webpage!  In May of 2010, the library was awarded a grant from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board.  With the grant, the library was able to organize and digitize its local history collection and make selected items available online. It is the library's goal that the community will utilize this resource to reignite Evergreen Park's passion for its history and culture.

In 2017-2018, select items from the Evergreen Park Historical Commission were digitized for an Evergreen Park history timeline, commemorating the village's 125th Anniversary.

This is supported in part by an award from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration.

Use the links below to search the collection, or if you prefer the physical item, the collection is available upon request at the Reference Desk.

Oral History Project with StoryCorps.org October 2016 to April 2017

  • Click here to visit the Evergreen Park Library StoryCorps Archives to listen to recordings of Evergreen Park residents telling their stories. 

Search the Local History Collection (online)

Using the ISHRAB grant funds, the library purchased software that enables the library to catalog and post its collection online.  The software allows users to search and view digitized items from the library's website. 

Click here to search the collection.

Note: The library digitized selected items from its collection.  The items not chosen for digitization are searchable with only the item's cover page available to view.  If you would like to see an item not digitized, visit the library, or contact the Evergreen Park Historical Commission at 708.422.1551.

Finding Aids

The library's collection includes material related to the growth of Evergreen Park and its neighboring communities. The collection consists mainly of anniversary publications compiled by the Village and community guides published by various newspapers.  Also included are community surveys, photographs, Evergreen Park Courier issues, ten Evergreen Parker issues, telephone directories, Board of Trustee minutes, Evergreen Park Community High School yearbooks, and more.

For a more detailed list of the collection, please use the following links:

Subject Guides (available at the Reference Desk)

Use these helpful guides as a starting point for your research.

Early Evergreen Park History

  • The Village of Evergreen Park 75th Anniversary Album 1893-1968. Item 2010.001.018
    Contains the most detailed narrative of Evergreen Park's early history including the names of the first Village employees and students at the school as well as a plethora of photographs.
  • The Centennial of the Incorporation of the Village of Evergreen Park, Illinois: Cherishing our Past, Nurturing our Future Evergreen Park, Illinois 1893-1993
    The 100th anniversary publication contains many stories about Evergreen Park's past along with a complete list of former Trustees and a short history on prominent Village organizations and businesses.
  • Evergreen Park Illinois 75th Anniversary 1893-1968 Item 2010.001.007
    Celebrates 75 years of Evergreen Park with articles on early Evergreen Park settlers and other stories that illustrate the growth of the Village over 75 years. Published by the Suburban Economist.
  • Cherishing Our Past, Nurturing Our Future: Evergreen Park 100 years.  Item 2010.001.003
    Published by the Evergreen Park Courier, the issue celebrates Evergreen Park's centennial anniversary with detailed articles on early Evergreen Park. settlement and on the history of Evergreen Park.  Other articles cover various organizations, business, and individuals who contributed to the growth of the Village.

Genealogy

  • Cherishing Our Past: Evergreen Park's Centennial Celebration Book of Memories. Item 2010.001.001
    Contains authentic stories written by early settlers and long-time residents of Evergreen Park.
  • Evergreen Park: Melting Pot of Memories.  Item 2010.001.008
    Includes additional descriptions of early life and memories pertaining to Evergreen Park.
  • Telephone Directories 1924-2006 Item 2010.003
    Locate where relatives lived or identify prior residents of your house.

Library Resources

The following is a list of library resources that may be useful while conducting historical research:

  • Ancestry.com (In-library use only)
    Discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website. Search census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.
  • Evergreen Park Courier (1990-present; in-library use only)
    Explore local Evergreen Park news, including community events, obituaries, schools, politics, cultural activities, local companies, and people in the community.
  • Historical Chicago Tribune
    Search over 2.5 million obituaries from 1860-1984, three million clippings for major events from the 1920s-1984, and entire front pages from 1900-1984.  Click on the link above to begin your search.
  • Heritage Quest
    Contains genealogical information covering America since the late 1700s.  Click on the link above to begin your search.

Additional local history information can be found through the Village of Evergreen Park history page.

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