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Summer 2018 Newsletter


As part of a village-wide celebration of Illinois’ 200th anniversary, the Thornton Historical Society will be open on Saturday, September 22nd from 11 am to 3:00 pm. Please join us for a PowerPoint presentation of “Thornton-Yesterday & Today,” see the winners of the old Thornton Photo/Artifact Contest, learn about famous Locals, and enjoy vintage desserts and old-fashioned homemade lemonade!


We have several new members and are happy to welcome Gina Glaser and Kathleen Reingold.


• NC Benson 10 cent token • Frederick’s bottle opener • Joe’s Thornridge Inn matchbook


The museum is open from May through October, every Saturday, 1:00-3:00 pm If you are not able to make your assigned date it is your responsibility to find a replacement.


Meeting Dates & Programs: All meetings are held at the Thornton Historical Society museum unless otherwise noted.

August 16: 6:00 pm – Historical Society Bicentennial Committee Meeting @ Museum.

August 27: 7:00 pm – Program “Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Party” by Terry Lynch.

September 22: 11:00-3:00 pm – Historical Society Bicentennial Celebration at Museum.

September 24: 7:00 pm – Program “Royal Weddings from Queen Victoria to Prince Harry” by Leslie Goddard.

October 18: 6:00 pm – Historical Society Board meeting at Museum.

October 22: 7:00 pm – Program “Soltis Family Documentary” by Steve Soltis.

November 9: 6:00 pm – Harvest Dinner, St. Paul Lutheran Church on Chicago Road. Turkey provided by Society; members bring the rest. Everyone is welcome but please let us know in advance if you plan to attend.

December 2: Holiday Happenings – Historical Society Open House


The Society has lost long-time member Marge Zander Michels Pearson. We extend our sympathy to her family. Marge lived all her life in Thornton and graduated from Thornton Public School and Thornton Township High School. A member of St. Paul Church, she served as church organist and secretary for many years. As a parent, she was an active supporter of Little League, Cub Scouts, Wolcott PTA and the Wolcott band. Marge served the Village of Thornton as Police Clerk for over 20 years. She was also a lifetime member of Thornton’s Historical Society. Her efforts in her retirement were focused on her Family, Church and Historical Society. Marge will truly be missed.


The Society is pleased to announce the debut of the Thornton Illinois Historical Society website!

We will add more content and make changes as we move forward.

So enjoy! And please let us know if you see anything on the website that needs to be changed. This has been a lot of work and a long time coming.

If you have photos to add to the new website send to: Photos must be scanned at a high resolution, at least 300 dpi.


The Old Thornton Photo/Artifact Contest July 6-September 17, 2018

All are welcome to enter our contest.

Submissions must be from the Village of Thornton, Illinois.

Categories: • Oldest Photo: Must be taken in Thornton, IL • Oldest Artifact: (quarry fossils do not count!) Must be from Thornton, IL. • Judges’ Choice: Photo and Artifact

Prizes: First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each category:

• 1st Prize: Thornton Coverlet • 2nd Prize: $25 Jimboo’s Gift Certifcate • 3rd Prize: Thornton T-Shirt

Judging will be done and prizes awarded September 22nd at the Thornton Historical Museum, 114 N. Hunter. Winners not in attendance will be contacted via phone or email. Winners will be announced on the Thornton Historical Society website and posted at the Thornton Library.


On-Site: Submission forms will be available at the Thornton Public Library, 115 E. Margaret Street.

On-Line: Download and print a Submission Form from the Thornton Historical Society website.

Mail-in submissions will NOT be accepted.

Bring your entry and completed form to the Thornton Library from July 6-Sept. 17. Entries will be on display to the public in a locked case at the library. If you live out of town you may submit a good quality scan (at least 300 dpi) of your photo or artifact, along with a submission form, to:


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