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The Lincoln Letters Exhibit is running now through October. You should have received a schedule of your days to work as a docent, but a reminder postcard will be mailed soon. Currently we are open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays but beginning in September it will be Saturdays only. We also have a special raffle with a prize of a framed Lincoln portrait. Tickets are $5 or 5 for $20. Tickets may be purchased at the museum on the days we are open. Be sure to check our Facebook page and learn some interesting Lincoln facts from Connie Simon. Special thanks to Debbie Tudor and the Thornton Library for advertising our event at their locations.


1895 Thornton Township Newspaper

Matchbook from R. Peters Shell Super Service Gas Station

Brown Derby matchbook

Joe’s Thornridge Inn matchbook

Ben’s & Jane/Alex matchbooks

Original Thornton Public School class photos


This year’s annual Installation Dinner was held at St. Paul Church due to social distancing. Twenty-nine were in attendance and catering was by Glenwood Oaks.


August 24 @ 7:00PM. General Meeting – Program: “Women in History” by Martina Mathesin

September 8 @ 8:30AM. Historical Societies’ Round Table Meeting

September 28 @ 7:00PM. General Meeting ¬- Program: “Chicago’s Bygone Department Stores” by Leslie Goddard

October 2 @ 4:00PM. Quarry Set-up - Canceled due to Covid-19

October 3 @ 8:30AM. Quarry Tour - Canceled due to Covid-19

October 15 @ 6:00PM. Board Meeting

October 26 @ 7:00PM. General Meeting – Program: “Hysteria in Salem” by Terry Lynch

November 13 @ 6:00PM. Harvest Dinner - Canceled due to Covid-19

December 6 @ 2:00PM - 4:00PM. Holiday Happenings-Canceled due to Covid-19.

The Village of Thornton Historical Society proudly presents the Presidential Papers Collection from the Illinois State Historical Society. This exhibit will include original Abraham Lincoln documents, portraits and letters of 12 Presidents, and more!

Everyone is welcome to join us for the Opening Ceremony at the Thornton Historical Society museum on June 27th, 2020 at 1:00PM. We hope to see you there!

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The Thornton Historical Society is pleased to announce their new YouTube channel featuring videos of Thornton in the 1960s and 70s. These were filmed by David Zander and converted to a digital format. Click the link below to see the people, places and things that you loved so much; Legion Picnics 1966 and '69, 1976 Bicentennial Parade, Enjoy!


114 N Hunter St, Thornton, IL 60476 


Mailing Address: PO Box 34, Thornton, IL 60476