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Montrew Dunham History Center Dedication Ceremony

Join the Downers Grove Park District, the Downers Grove Museum and the Downers Grove Historical Society to dedicate the new Montrew Dunham History Center on July 13! Enjoy complimentary refreshments, receive a giveaway and view a temporary exhibit highlighting Montrew Dunham and her contributions to the Downers Grove community.

Last January, the Downers Grove Park District Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to rename the Annex at the Downers Grove Museum Campus in honor of local historian and author Montrew Dunham, who passed away in January 2017. The Annex, which serves as the exhibition and programming space at the Museum Campus, will now be named the Montrew Dunham History Center.

Montrew Dunham was Director Emeritus of the Downers Grove Historical Society and a continuing contributor to the celebration and preservation of Downers Grove history until her death. A resident of Downers Grove for 60 years, Montrew (Monti) was a counselor in the Downers Grove High Schools for 20 years. Montrew co-authored Downers Grove 1832 to 1982 with Pauline Wandschneider and in 2003, she published Downers Grove Revisited. These books have become the go-to resources for information about our history, used by District 58, available at the Downers Grove Library and enjoyed by the many residents who own them.


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.