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BOARD/MEMBER NEWS: Please welcome Neringa Aleksonis to our board and welcome Mary Simms to our group. We bid farewell to Jim Wind who has stepped down from the position of president due to other commitments. Jim will remain as a member. Thanks for serving, Jim. Vice President Jim Rupcich will act as the interim president.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OFFICERS: OPEN, President Jim Rupcich, Vice President Kim Atkinson, Treasurer Sue Hanson, Secretary BOARD MEMBERS: Neringa Aleksonis Tom Ellis Debbie Lamoureux Paulette Pearson (Board President) Pat Rupcich Marti Thompson Fred Walker

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The Board of Trustees has voted to replace our outdated logo featuring the first museum with one depicting our current museum. Going forward we will feature the new logo on our merchandise and on new T-shirt designs.


Although our museum is closed for renovations until further notice, our back hall remains open for programs and events. Please use side door.


October 24 @ 7:00 PM: General Meeting – Program: “Truth Behind Chicago Folklore—Legends & Haunts” by Ray Johnson.

November 11 @ 6:00 PM: Heritage Dinner at St. Paul Church, 508 Chicago RD. The

Society furnishes turkey & members bring a dish to share.

December 4 @ 2–4:00 PM: Holiday Open House at the museum, 114 N. Hunter St.

Santa and lots of Goodies! Always an enjoyable time. If you could provide some homemade cookies, candy, etc. please email Marti Thompson at This year we will have a bazaar where you can purchase unique items such as Thornton Coverlets, T-shirts, Quarry books, Thornton Christmas cards, note cards and much more. They make great Christmas gifts!


Membership renewal is from January to March 1st. You need not live in Thornton to become a member so please encourage your friends to join. Choose a one-time life membership to avoid yearly renewal. We are always happy to have new members.

Individual Member $ 15

Lifetime Member $150


Get in the holiday spirit and enter our holiday raffle to win:

1ST PRIZE: $50 gift card for “The Well” at the Distillery

2ND PRIZE: A bottle of Thornton Distilling’s Dead Drop American Pecan Whiskey


If you would like to help sell tickets or wish to purchase tickets they will be available at our October 24 board meeting, the Harvest Dinner and our Christmas Open House. Drawing will take place December 4, 2022. Winner need not be present. Email for info.

Tickets are $1 each or 6/$5. Proceeds benefit the Thornton Historical Society.


The Village of Thornton Historical Society honored Marge Loitz for her dedicated service to the Historical Society, where she has been involved since its inception in 1975, with a farewell celebration and a proclamation. Marge has moved out of state and we wish her well in the next chapter of her life.


The September trip/canal boat ride/lunch to the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area was a huge success. We sold 54 out of 55 tickets. We hope to be able to offer more field trips in the future.


Our October Quarry tours, under the direction of Paulette Pearson, went very well. We wish to thank Ken Schoon for a donation from the books that he sold that day. Tours of the Thornton Quarry take place on the first Saturday of June and October. All guests must be 18 years old.

Thornton’s Judge Albert Webb Wishes You Happy Thanksgiving from the Hoxie Farm

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The Thornton Historical Society is pleased to announce a book signing by author Michael Hofer entitled “Lightning Bugs and The Harvest: A look back at life in the baby boomers beginning years.” Hofer, who grew up in Thornton, based this book on his experiences there.

This was “A time like none before, prosperity, healing, fear, excitement, new technology, and social frontiers moving. Wars, protests, and rock and roll and more children running around than ever. Discovering and taking on the world, in a small town in the Midwest in the late 1960s while in the last year of childhood.”

Everyone is welcome to come and meet the author on May 7, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at the Thornton Historical Museum. Mike would be happy to reminisce and sign your book. Books are available from in Kindle, Paperback and Hardcover. There will be a limited number for purchase that day from the author. Proceeds from the sale of Kindle and paperback copies to benefit the Thornton Historical Society.

The museum is located at 114 N. Hunter Street in Thornton. Everyone is welcome.

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