2014 Annual Public Meeting

Researching The History Of Your Home & Project Quercus

Our 20Sarah Stasukewicz14 Annual Public Meeting featured two speakers: Sarah Stasukewicz, Downers Grove Museum Curator, and Lisa Haderlein, Executive Director of the Land Conservancy of McHenry County.  The public was invited to hear their presentations Thursday, October 23, 7:00 PM in Room L 10 of the Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove.  Refreshments were served.

Sarah told us about the Downers Grove Museum and how to research the history of your home.  She graduated from North Central College and earned her Masters in History from DePaul.  Sarah worked for 3 years at the Naper Settlement.
Lisa Haderlein

told us about Project Quercus, a diverse coalition that brings together public and private, government, corporate and non-profit interests, working collaboratively to create solutions to the problem of oak woodland loss. Lisa has been the Executive Director of the Land Conservancy of McHenry County since 2002. Prior to working at the Land Conservancy, she was the Northern Illinois Area Director for the Nature Conservancy. She has a Master of Science degree in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont.

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W. H. Edwards House, Downers Grove

Edwards House

The W. H. Edwards House at 942 Maple, Downers Grove, pictured above, is in danger of extinction. The property is being offered and tentatively has been sold for purposes of redevelopment. See the well-written articles in Suburban Life: June 26, September 9 & October 2 and in the Chicago Tribune: July 11 & September 5 for details. Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is hoping any redevelopment plan will include preservation and reuse of this historic home. Click here to read community opinoins about the Edwards HouseHere is a link to the "Help save 942 Maple in Downers Grove" Facebook page.   Meetings to discuss a proposed Maple Avenue Historic District were held in Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sepember 30 & Wednesday, October 8.  A public hearing about  a Special Use Permit for redevelopment of this property is to be held by the Plan Commission at 7:00 PM Monday, November 3rd.
  Click here for more information.

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Heritage Alliance Mission

Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of Downers Grove. In the past, we have maintained sharp focus on the natural heritage within our community. Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance has been instrumental in the preservation and protection of Lyman Woods, and Belmont Prairie, which continue as on-going projects.

We are now also committed to the preservation of  cultural aspects of Downers Grove, including its rich architectural heritage. We work to accomplish our mission through education as well as community outreach.

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Can you find this house in Downers Grove and why is it important?
(Click the image for the answer)



  PDHA  Meeting
Thursday, December 4, 2014
7:00 PM, Room TBA

Lincoln Center
935 Maple Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Please consider a charitable donation
to support educational activities of
Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance.

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Click here to learn about beekeeping in Lyman Woods.

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The 1846 Blodgett House

An opportunity exists to restore the 1846 Blodgett House one of the Village's oldest houses reflecting our rich cultural heritage. PDHA supports such efforts to preserve valuable historic resources for future generations.
Click here to learn about the 1846 Blodgett House project.

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Click here to learn more about other local historic preservation activities in Downers Grove.

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The Village Now Has
Electronics Recycling
The Village of Downers Grove and Creative Recycling are offering electronics recycling on the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Drop-off location is in the employee parking lot at rear of Village Hall, 801 Burlington Avenue, off Curtiss Street. There volunteers accept pretty much anything you would think of as "electronics" such as computers (along with monitors, printers, etc.), VCRs, stereos, gaming consoles, televisions, and other gadgets. A longer list of acceptable and unacceptable items may be found on the Village's recycling page.

Last updated 10/24/2014