1950s House Museum and Archive Collection Volunteers Park Forest, IL

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Park Forest Historical Society

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Interns in the Park Forest Archive Office
Two graduate Library School interns work on projects in the Archive Office.

Jane Nicoll, Archivist and Museum Director for the Park Forest Historical Society is looking for volunteers who are interested in Park Forest history. Ms, Nicoll trains archive assistants to work in the Archive Office at 227 Monee Road and Docents for tours through the museum, also now located at 227 Monee Road. You can assist Jane in the archive office: file, copy and store documents, do data entry into PastPerfect, accession collections at her direction. Researcher's come by appointment to look at photograhs, files of historical subjects, and Oral History Transcripts, among other things. The general public also comes to research for personal reasons. Students may contact Jane Nicoll about working in the archive, or about helping older docents at the museum, even if they are younger than 16. Docents give tours in the 1950's Park Forest House Museum (227 Monee Road). Enjoy escorting visitors to tell the early history of Park Forest and to show how Park Forest residents lived in original rental townhome units. If you remember that era, you can share your story with visitors. Call Jane at: 708-481-4252 for more information. Museum open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30; and by appointment. Volunteers work in the Archive Thursdays (ca. 11-3) and Fridays, at least 10-12. Open to the public Friday 10-12, or by appointment. Shift choices. Jane will discuss training times with you. Volunteer or Intern needed to Document the Collections of the 1950s Park Forest House Museum Fluent in English language. Able to take detailed instruction and training. Able to read detailed information. Able to type detailed information into appropriate categories in the PastPerfect template (but there are non-typing volunteer jobs). Able to type with sufficient speed and accuracy. Possess clear handwriting for marking collections with accession numbers. Works well in a group project, with sufficient communication and feedback skills. We still very much need for volunteers to be able to give a number of hours, to return our investment in training. Able to discern importance of the collection to researchers' needs over time, and to extract appropriate details from the records which will aid volunteers and researchers in connecting with collection materials. Works independently, or with others as required. Perform other related duties as assigned. For intern candidates, currently enrolled in a History, Library Science, Archival or Museum Studies program. Or for a combination of Intern and volunteers. These are volunteer positions, with no benefits, except for the experience gained. The Park Forest Historical Society is a drug-free workplace. Transportation must be provided by the volunteer/intern. Public transportation in Park Forest is limited and does not stop near the Archive Office, except for the Jolly Trolley. The collection work will be done in the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Monee Road in Park Forest, IL 60466 , and in the Archive Office of the Society, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest , IL 60466 . Some collection work may be done on the intern/volunteers' laptop and transferred to the Archive computer via thumb drive or email. All data entry into PastPerfect will be done in the Archive Office. At times, there may also be available jobs typing oral history transcirpts or thank you letters, and transcription of oral histories from audiotapes. Those interested in applying for volunteer collection work and data entry should call Jane Nicoll, Archivist, at her home, 708-481-4252; or email her via the website at www.parkforesthistory.org. See also Volunteers for Accessioning of Collection and Data Entry into PastPerfect Collections Maintenance Database. See Volunteer descriptions for many other possibilities on our website at www.parkforesthistory.org.

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About Park Forest Historical Society



Mission Statement

The specific mission of this society shall be: To preserve, interpret, and celebrate the unique history of the Village of Park Forest, Illinois through exhibits, publications, and special programs; To educate residents, students, and visitors in all aspects of the village history; To promote and support historical research; To encourage donations and enlist volunteers for the Park Forest Local History Collection and Archive and the 1950sPark ForestHouseMuseum; To honor those who have contributed to our community over a long period of time.


The Park Forest Historical Society operates the Park Forest Local History Collection and Archive and the 1950s Park Forest House Museum. Park Forest is the first fully-planned post-World War II suburb, America's Original GI Town. PFHS was established in 1985, the archive has existed since 1981 and the museum since 1998


We'll work with your schedule.


St. Mary's Catholic Church227 Monee RoadPark Forest, IL 60466



  • Curating
  • Research
  • Organization
  • Audio-Visual
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Data Entry


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Trained volunteers should work a number of hours. Docent helpers, or those doing School Community Service hours, may work for fewer hours.
  • We accept STUDENTS who need community service hours IF we can establish work hours. We have worked with one home-schooled young person who was under 16. Acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

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