• Westward Ho! The 60's, 70's See Population, Economic Shifts

    Sherman, Richard

    Richard Sherman, then a professor of history at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois, wrote a nine-part series of articles for the Star Newspapers in 1988 on the history of the south sub…

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  • Facts about our PTA activities

    American Community Builders

    A series of full-page newspaper ads with photographs inset, a map to Park Forest, and text highlighting some aspect of life in Park Forest.

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  • Anthony Scariano, Sr.

    Park Forest Public Library

    Anthony "Tony" Scariano, Sr. was a resident of Park Forest by October 1948. He was the lawyer who represented the people who sold to the first African-American family to move in to Park Forest in 1959…

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  • Elaine Garretson

    Park Forest Public Library

    Elaine Garretson came to Park Forest in November 1949 with her husband, James, and 4 small children. They later had a fifth child. When she did this interview in 1980, they still lived in the townhous…

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  • Dr. Gerson Englemann

    Park Forest Public Library

    Dr. Gerson Engelmann was the first pastor of Faith United Protestant Church, the first church in the United Protestant churches in Park Forest. He discusses the United Protestant movement, counseling…

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  • Marshall Field's Groundbreaking, interior shot

    A promotional shot of ACB and Field's officers. Left to right: Sam Beber, unidentified, Philip Klutznick, a Field's person, Nathan Manilow, and another unidentified gentleman.

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  • More about our community activities

    American Community Builders

    A series of full-page newspaper ads with photographs inset, a map to Park Forest, and text highlighting some aspect of life in Park Forest.

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  • No objections to model city raised at zoning hearing

    A four paragraph article announcing zoning changes for Park Forest.

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  • American Community Builders Directors

    Jerrold Loebl, architect, Charles Waldmann, chief engineer, Philip M. Klutznick, president, and Nathan Manilow, treasurer in a publicity shot from October 1946, the time of the groundbreaking for Park…

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  • History Search Packet - Teaching Park Forest History

    Moore, D. Stanley, Park Forest Public Library

    The History Search Packet was produced by D. Stanley Moore, a former teacher at Rich East High School. He was one of the earliest teachers at the school, so lived many years in the village. The packet…

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  • Marshall Field's Groundbreaking, interior shot

    A promotional shot of ACB and Field's officers. Left to right: Sam Beber, unidentified,Philip Klutznick, a Field's person, Nathan Manilow, and another unidentified gentleman.

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  • Philip M. Klutznick and Allan S. Harrison

    A portrait found in the promotional piece, "Where Thistles Grew Before,". "Openness of space is what we're striving for in these apartments," Philip M. Klutznick, president of the American Community B…

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  • Harold Brown

    Park Forest Public Library

    History of Park Forest, Illinois, a post-World War II planned community.Harold Brown came to Park Forest in 1955. He became a community leader, serving on the school boards of District 163 and 227. La…

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  • Aqua Center

    A lifeguard watching over the diving area at the Aqua Center. The photo shows the fence dividing the octagon pool and the toddler pool.

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  • Bill Simpson

    Park Forest Public Library

    Bill Simpson was one of the founders of the local chapter of the NAACP. He moved to Park Forest with his family in December 1963 to make a civil rights statement. In his transcript he describes how hi…

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  • In Memoriam, Carroll F. Sweet, Sr.

    Sweet, Carroll F., Jr

    Bulletin from the memorial service for Carroll F. Sweet, Sr., October 13, 1955. In the bulletin, Carroll F. Sweet, Jr, has written a biography of his father (going into more detail than he does in his…

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  • Philip M Klutznick, Mr. Bozell[?], and Jerrold Loebl

    A portrait found in the promotional piece, "Where Thistles Grew Before".

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  • Yvonne Robinson

    Park Forest Public Library

    Yvonne Robinson grew up in Chicago Heights and watched Park Forest being built. She moved here with her husband, Leonard, and two of her sons in about 1963. She was in education all of her working lif…

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  • Aqua Center Board Members[?]

    From left to right:Carroll F. Sweet, Jr., ? who was the first Chairman of the Aqua Center, Beverly Byrne, and another unidentified man who may be Kris Martin.

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  • Park Forest: A Model for U.S. Planned Towns

    Sherman, Richard

    Richard Sherman, then a history professor at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, wrote a nine-part series on South Suburban history for the Star Newspapers in 1988. This fifth article was publis…

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