Founder of the Year

The Downers Grove Historical Society honors individuals who have made signficant contributions to Downers Grove. One of these three awards is the Founder of the Year. This award was created in 2014 to honor individuals instrumental in the founding of Downers Grove. It is announced in conjunction with the annual spring Downers Grove Founder's Day celebration. As Founder's Day was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due the pandemic, the award was not granted in these years.   


Year  Recipient
2022 John Manning Wells
2019 Henry Carpenter
2018 Walter Blanchard
2017 Israel Porter Blodgett
2016 John Stanley
2015 Samuel Curtiss
2014 Pierce Downer