Park Forest Illinois Museums
A small museum in southern Chicago is working hard to preserve a phenomenon that still affects many in modern suburbs. The museum is operated by the Park Forest Historical Society and is an original town house, furnished in the way it might have looked in 1948 or 1953. It was the beginning of the public library of the Park Forest, but moved to the Downtown ParkForest in 1999.
Although Park Forest only integrated in 1959, many of its residents worked hard to attract and reassure black families. The developer preferred the Robinsons, a white family with two black sons and two white daughters, but the Park Forest was not officially separated, and the developer, American Community Builders, had 15 years left in the building, took over the village and hired the administration and tenants for development, not the local police or the City Council. After Robinson moved in, the ParkForest Social Action Committee wooed the neighborhood to calm concerns and get a sense of how neighbors would accept the family, forgetting the history of racial segregation and the impact on the community as a whole.
The Park Forest Meteorites is one of the oldest known meteorites of its kind in the world, and its oxygen isotope composition has been found very low, essentially zero. As seen on the plot below, approx. 1.5 million years ago, it was shown that it was an L-chondrite with a carbon dioxide content of less than 0.1%.
I first became aware of this mammoth when I noticed a fragment of the tooth on display in the Hemingway Museum in the Oak Park, which I had found in the Waldheim Cemetery, as the exhibition showed, on loan from the public library of the Waldpark. On the first occasion I went to the Academy and found it at the Natural History Museum in Chicago, just a few blocks away.
This graph shows the area of light - coloured angle clamps in the tooth compared to the typical area for ordinary chondrites. This is shown by the light, angular, clastic side of the bone and the darker, lighter, dark brown blade on the right side of the bone.
Some are in the Illinois Digital Archives, with access plans, and some are available in Museum # 77, but not all.
Books and other Park Forest items are available at reduced rates at the Museum of Natural History, Museum 77 and Illinois Digital Archives. Bricks cost $15 or two $25 and come in various colors and sizes, including red, blue, green, yellow, orange, red and blue. Chicago - Museums and area attractions including the Chicago Public Library, Chicago Art Museum, Illinois State Museum and Chicago Historical Society. The Marshall Field Park Forest Store, which was demolished in the fall of 2010, can be purchased at the museum or online.
Park Forest is divided by the Illinois Central Railroad and the Illinois State Railroad, which run parallel a little further north and are bounded by the Chicago River, Chicago Lake and Chicago Park District. The Park Forest developers tried to persuade Illinois Central to build a spur through the center of the community, but the railroad argued that commuter traffic was not profitable enough. Among the notable Park Forest figures are John F. Kennedy, George Washington, John Quincy Adams, William Randolph Hearst, Henry Ford, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and William McKinley. Visitors can observe the white-tailed deer and other wildlife living in the wooded enclosures of Lords Park Zoo.
The price fell so low that Meenakshi was able to purchase the Park Forest meteorite, which is currently on display at the Field Museum in Chicago. A total of three kilograms are now in the Field Museum's meteorite collection in Chicago, including a 545-gram fragment recovered from a forest fire station in the park (see photo below).
The fragments of the Park Forest meteorite have been officially documented by scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois State Museum in Chicago as well as the Field Museum.
Park Forest opened its rental homes in 1948 and offered its first homes for sale in 1951. The Park Forest House Museum from the 1950s depicts the original apartment and the town apartment as they might have been in the village's first five years. Guides are available to tell the story of the American community builders who designed and built the Village of Park Forest. Guided tours describe the construction process, the construction process and the history of the park forest as a whole.
Park Forest was one of the first fully planned suburbs in the United States to be designated America's original GI city and studied worldwide. Park Forest is the oldest fully planned suburb of its kind in America, designed and funded by American Community Builders, Inc. It promised the best of both worlds: a community for veterans, veterans "families and their families, and a mall with a movie theater, Marshall Field (which itself had a mall), and it was the only one of its time to have cinemas.