Park Ridge’s history includes everyone from government to businesses to the citizens themselves. In the library’s Heritage Room, we already had some photographs and papers, but we knew it was just a small piece of the historical puzzle. We contacted City Hall, the Fire Department, and the Historical Society to begin pulling together this digital collection. Then we broadened the collection’s range to include local churches, the Youth Campus, and the Pickwick Theatre. Finally, through an article in the Park Ridge Herald-Advocate newspaper, we called upon the local businesses and people of Park Ridge to share their items with us. Making this incredible collection available allows people access to items they might have had trouble gathering on their own, might never have known existed, or might never have gotten to see or handle due to some items’ fragile conditions. The Library greatly appreciates the willingness of private donors to make their items available. The Park Ridge Juniors Foundation and the Park Ridge Community Bank provided funding for this project.
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