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Public Information Officer Arin Thrower, 630-260-2190

2017-05-03

Celebrate Wheaton’s History with Preservation Month Events

WHEATON, Ill. – Each May, the City of Wheaton Historic Commission coordinates Wheaton’s Preservation Month to celebrate Wheaton’s history. It coincides with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Month. The commission coordinates the activities below for the community. For full details on these events, visit the City’s website at www.wheaton.il.us/preservationmonth.

Pride in Preservation Signs
From May 13-21 the Historic Commission places “Pride in Preservation” purple lawn signs throughout Wheaton at sites designated Wheaton Historic Landmarks or listed on the Wheaton Register of Historic Places.

Doughboy Scanning Project
Saturday, May 6, 1-4 p.m., Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Computer Services Department
Help preserve the community’s memories of Wheaton during the Great War. If you have any photographs, letters, artifacts or memorabilia related to Wheaton in WWI, bring it to the Wheaton Public Library where it will be scanned or photographed. Reservations recommended by sending an email to wheatonhistoriccommission@gmail.com.

Cantigny Park - Free Parking Days
May 15-21, Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road
Cantigny Park will offer free parking with proof of Wheaton residency May 15-21. Cantigny Park is the 500-acre estate of Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. McCormick House was listed on the Wheaton Register of Historic Places in 2011.

Honoring Wheaton’s WWI Heroes
Thursday, May 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mary Lubko Center, Memorial Park, 208 W. Union St.
Five hundred men from the Wheaton area enlisted to serve their country in World War I, 13 of whom died in service. Join us for a lecture on Wheaton’s Heroes during WWI and a viewing of several of WWI propaganda silent films from 1915-1919.

DuPage County Historical Museum Architectural Walking Tour
Saturday, May 20, 10-11:30 a.m., DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St.
Stroll through historic Downtown Wheaton while learning the history and architectural features of the county seat of DuPage. To register, call 630-510-4941 or visit www.dupagemuseum.org/

Home History Research Help
Saturday, May 20, 1-4 p.m.; Monday, May 22, 6-8 p.m., Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., first floor Genealogy Section
Interested in learning more about your historic property? Whether your interest is a home’s construction date, past owners, or its architecture, drop by Wheaton Public Library to discover available resources, where to find them and what each reveals. City of Wheaton Historic Commission members and Wheaton Public Library staff will assist you. Reservations are recommended by calling 630-868-7520.

Historic Bike Tour of Wheaton
Saturday, May 20, 2-4 p.m., beginning from Adams Park fountain
Bring your bike and join the Wheaton Bicycle Committee and the City of Wheaton Historic Commission for a 7.3-mile moderately paced bicycle tour of the historic site markers of Wheaton. All riders must provide their own bicycle and wear a bike helmet during the tour. All riders must complete a waiver, available on the City’s website, and bring it to the ride. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult rider and a parent/guardian must sign the waiver for riders under 18.

Brick by Brick: Tracing Your Home’s History
Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m., Wheaton Public Library, 225 North Cross St.
Tina Beaird will provide strategies for researching the history of your home by using government records, newspapers, phone directories, maps and other resources.

Recreating World War I
Wednesday, May 24, 7 p.m., Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
Would you like to know more about a family member’s service in WWI? Genealogist Tina Beaird offers ways to locate copies of peripheral federal military records and provides solutions for recreating lost records.

Rags and Stubby Go to the Front
Thursday, May 25, 6:30 p.m., Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
A talk for children and families on animals that served their country during WWI will be presented at the Wheaton Public Library. Several famous WWI veteran animals will be featured including Cher Ami, a female passenger pigeon used to carry messages on the battlefield, Rags, US 1st Infantry Division mascot dog, and Sergeant Stubby, the most decorated dog in WWI.

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