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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.
Besides housing archives and collections containing a multitude of photos, oral histories, documents and artifacts that share the story of Hinsdale, the Hinsdale Historical Society has preserved and is maintaining three historic properties in the Village:
- The Hinsdale History Museum, 15 South Clay Street, is housed in an 1874 Italianate-style home complete with period furnishings depicting the lifestyle of early Hinsdaleans. The museum is also home to the Society's extensive artifact collections. Personal tours, programming and varied exhibits educate visitors about the unique history of Hinsdale.
- Immanuel Hall, corner of Grant and Third Streets, is a simple, carpenter-Gothic-style frame church built by local German residents in 1900. Immanuel Hall was named Hinsdale's first historic landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After a one million dollar rehabilitation, Immanuel Hall now provides members of the community a unique setting to hold a variety of gatherings. In the lower level of the Hall, is the Roger & Ruth Anderson Architecture Center. a community resource for local architecture and the Historical Society's archives.
- The R. Harold Zook Home and Studio, Katherine Legge Memorial Park, is a unique cottage designed and built in 1924 by the prominent local architect R. Harold Zook. Saved from demolition, these buildings are undergoing an extensive restoration. Once complete, the home and studio will be available for small gatherings, as well as serve as an educational site for adult and children to learn about the works of R. Harold Zook.
The Society is governed by an active Board of Trustees and much of the day-to-day work is run by Board Committees which are supported by a part-time Execuitve Director.