History in the Making

If you go to our Flickr page, we have a new set up photographs up called History in the Making.  This is a collection of photos taken around town over the past couple years that show what modern life is like in Elmwood Park.  We would love to get some of your photos from any era of local landmarks, social activities, and anything else of historical interest for our collection and site.  You can email materials to Russ Parker at rparker@elmwoodparklibrary.org or mail them to Russ Parker 1 Conti Parkway Elmwood Park, IL 60707.

Published in: on January 12, 2010 at 11:09 am  Leave a Comment  

Kiddieland 1929-2009

Riding the Bumper Cars at Kiddieland. 1973.

Riding the Bumper Cars at Kiddieland. 1973.

After 80 years, the cherished local amusement park Kiddieland gave its last ride on September 27th.  Located just west of Elmwood Park at North and 1st Avenue in Maywood Park, Kiddieland has served as a getaway for area children since the Great Depression.  Started by Arthur Fritz in 1929, Kiddieland began with only a few ponies but eventually added bumper cars, scooters, and the famous Little Dipper rollercoaster.  Kiddieland will certainly be missed.  We have more pictures of Kiddieland on our Flickr page for you to enoy.  Please  share your Kiddieland memories in our comments section.

Published in: on October 6, 2009 at 9:10 am  Leave a Comment  

A Village Grows: Fifty Years of Life in Elmwood Park is now online

Our LSTA Digitization Grant Project is now online and complete.  A Villiage Grows: Fifty Years of Life in Elmwood Park is our collection of 408 photographs and artifacts from the first 50 years of the Village of Elmwood Park.  We hope that you enjoy the collection and if you have any stories or can supply any missing information about any of the items, please let us know in the comments section.  We would love to hear from you.  We would like to thank the Illinois State Library for all their help putting the collection online.

Published in: on July 7, 2009 at 8:45 am  Leave a Comment