Museum Docents guide visitors through the Hinsdale History Museum, a restored 1874 house representing a middle-class Hinsdale family home of the late-Victorian era. The museum includes several period rooms and a few small exhibit spaces.
Tours of the museum are available to the public on a drop-in basis Friday and Saturday afternoons from Noon to 4:00 pm. Groups, including school children, are scheduled during weekdays by advanced appointment only. We are in particular need of volunteers to staff the museum on Saturdays and/or to be available to guide school groups during weekdays.
Depending on interest and time available, Museum Docents may also be involved in the creation or presentation of museum/educational programs, the development and installation of museum displays/exhibits, promotion and transactions of the gift shop, and/or assistance with community outreach and engagement.
Those interested must be able to climb stairs, should have an outgoing, friendly personality, and be able to communicate clearly with the public. An interest in local history, love of antiques, and/or experience in education a definite plus!
The Hinsdale Historical Society bridges the past, present, and future by engaging the community with its history and architecture.
The Hinsdale Historical Society is an Illinois 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1975 that relies on private donations, membership dues, grants, and fund raisers to meet its mission to bridge the past, present, and future by engaging the community with its history and architecture. The Society has preserved and is maintaining three historic properties in the Village:
The Hinsdale History Museum, at 15 South Clay Street, is housed in an 1874 Italianate-style home complete with period furnishings depicting the lifestyle of early Hinsdaleans. Personal tours, programming, and varied exhibits educate visitors about the unique history of Hinsdale.
Immanuel Hall, on the corner of Grant and Third Streets, is a frame church built by local German residents in 1900 that, now rehabilitated, provides the community with a unique setting to hold gatherings. The lower level is home to the Roger & Ruth Anderson Architecture Center, a community resource for local architecture which houses the Society's extensive local history archives.
The R. Harold Zook Home and Studio, in Katherine Legge Memorial Park, is a unique cottage designed and built in 1924 by the prominent local architect R. Harold Zook. Saved from demolition, the main house awaits restoration, while the studio serves as an educational site.
The Society is governed by a Board of Trustees with active committees supported by a part-time Executive Director.