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Noted Underground Railroad expert and author to speak!

We are so glad the library was able to reschedule this wonderful presentation which had originally been part of our Founder’s Day celebrations in May.  Ms.Turner will provide historical information  about Avis and Israel Blodgett and how they and others in DuPage County supported the abolitionist movement in our area.   Please join us Sunday, August 20th at 2pm at the Downers Grove Public Library.

Please note: Our membership meeting will be held at 3:30pm following this presentation; please feel free to stay and hear about what’s going on at the Downers Grove Historical Society.


Membership Meeting

August 20th, 3:30pm

Please join us at the Downers Grove Public Library for our first (in a long while) membership meeting.  Find out what we have been doing to promote and preserve the history of Downers Grove…and what’s ahead for 2018 (our 50th anniversary)!  You may even see where you can help on future projects.

We will also recognize our 2017 Historian of the Year, Carol Wandschneider.

This meeting will follow the 2pm presentation about the Underground Railroad by noted author Glennette Tilley Turner.

Your ongoing support of the Downers Grove Historical Society is greatly appreciated and we hope to see you there!


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.