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The Norwood Park Historical Society exists to be a leader in the community by: Preserving the oldest house in Chicago to serve as a community resource. Participating actively in community affairs in order to advocate for the preservation of the unique character of the Norwood Park community including its historic architecture, open spaces and streetscapes. Developing and maintaining a museum and historical archives related to Norwood Park including its national register district. Educating, informing and building awareness of the part each of us plays in the evolving history of our families, community, nation and world. Serving as a resource for those seeking historical information about the community, its people, homes, businesses and institutions, as well as offering guidance in issues of historical preservation and restoration.
Built on an ancient shoreline of Lake Michigan, Chicago's oldest house anchors the historic neighborhood of Norwood Park and the offices and museum of the Norwood Park Historical Society. The Norwood Park Historical Society is a member-based organization supported by membership dues, contributions, and fundraising events. Everyone is invited to become a member and participate in programs and special events. The Society's museum at the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House, 5624 N. Newark is open every Saturday from noon to 4 PM or by appointment. School and other groups are welcome. Private rentals are also available. For information about the Society, please call 773-631-4633 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.