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Explore the Local History Collection Online

Search through more than 7,000 scanned images related to schools, churches, businesses, parks, celebrations, and more.

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Explore the Local History Collection Online

Created by Kevin Korst on Jul 17th, 2017

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Explore the Local History Collection Online

Discover more than 160 oral history interviews covering topics such as the 1967 Tornado and Round-Up Days.

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Explore the Local History Collection Online

Created by Kevin Korst on Jun 19th, 2017
Updated on Jul 17th, 2017

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Local History Film Clips

View preserved footage from the Local History Collection covering the 1967 Tornado, Round-Up Days, 95th Street, Kiddyland, and more.

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Local History Film Clips

Created by Kevin Korst on May 31st, 2017
Updated on Jul 17th, 2017

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Local History Collections Database

Search more than 13,000 Oak Lawn related items including photos, yearbooks, telephone books, postcards, and more!

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Local History Collections Database

Created by Kevin Korst on May 8th, 2017
Updated on Jun 20th, 2017

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Local Newspapers Index

This database contains more than 83,000 indexed articles from a number of local papers dating back to 1988.

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Local Newspapers Index

Created by Kevin Korst on Jun 19th, 2017
Updated on Jun 20th, 2017

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Local Obituary Index

This database contains more than 237,000 indexed local obituaries dating back to 1985.

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Local Obituary Index

Created by Kevin Korst on Jun 19th, 2017
Updated on Jun 20th, 2017

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The United States in World War I

A story about the formation of the American Expeditionary Forces and their role in bringing about the end of World War I.

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The United States in World War I

Created by Jan Schaller on Jun 1st, 2017
Updated on Jun 19th, 2017

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Voices in the Wind: Remembering the 1967 Tornado

More than 1,800 people have now visited the 50th anniversary exhibit! Local History would like to thank the community for its amazing support.

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Voices in the Wind: Remembering the 1967 Tornado

Created by Kevin Korst on Jun 19th, 2017

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Explore the Local History Collection Online

View more than 200 yearbooks from local schools including OLCHS, Richards, and more.

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Explore the Local History Collection Online

Created by Kevin Korst on Jun 7th, 2017

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Explore the Local History Collection Online

This postcard features Cook Avenue School as it appeared around 1910. View more than 100 other Oak Lawn postcards in our online collection!

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Explore the Local History Collection Online

Created by Kevin Korst on May 25th, 2017
Updated on Jun 7th, 2017

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Local History Facebook Page

Find Local History on Facebook and learn about exhibits and events, view selected images from our collection, and connect with others.

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Local History Facebook Page

Created by Kevin Korst on May 31st, 2017

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Images of America: Oak Lawn Tornado of 1967

Containing nearly two hundred dramatic images, this book is available for purchase at the second-floor service desk for $16.99.

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Images of America: Oak Lawn Tornado of 1967

Created by Kevin Korst on May 11th, 2017
Updated on May 25th, 2017

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Images of America: Oak Lawn

Containing over two hundred historic images, this book is available for purchase at the second-floor service desk for $16.99.

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Images of America: Oak Lawn

Created by Kevin Korst on May 11th, 2017
Updated on May 25th, 2017

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History Alive: Oak Lawn's Historic Structures

View just some of Oak Lawn's many historic structures and explore a selection of images through our Flickr digital exhibit.

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History Alive: Oak Lawn's Historic Structures

Created by Kevin Korst on May 11th, 2017
Updated on May 25th, 2017

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The 1967 Tornado

Remember the devastating 1967 Tornado and explore historic images through our Flickr digital exhibit.

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The 1967 Tornado

Created by Kevin Korst on May 11th, 2017
Updated on May 25th, 2017

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Then and Now: An Oak Lawn Story

See how dramatically Oak Lawn has changed over the last century and explore historic images through our Flickr digital exhibit.

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Then and Now: An Oak Lawn Story

Created by Kevin Korst on May 11th, 2017
Updated on May 25th, 2017

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Images of Oak Lawn

Now over a century old, Oak Lawn was first incorporated in 1909. Explore a selection of historic images through our Flickr digital exhibit.

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Images of Oak Lawn

Created by Kevin Korst on May 11th, 2017
Updated on May 25th, 2017

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Play Ball! The History of Sports in Oak Lawn

Discover how sports have played an important role in Village life and explore historic images through our Flickr digital exhibit.

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Play Ball! The History of Sports in Oak Lawn

Created by Kevin Korst on May 11th, 2017
Updated on May 25th, 2017

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A Snapshot of Life: Oak Lawn in 1987

Take a look at Oak Lawn during the 1980s and explore historic images through our Flickr digital exhibit.

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A Snapshot of Life: Oak Lawn in 1987

Created by Kevin Korst on May 11th, 2017
Updated on May 25th, 2017

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Full Steam Ahead! The Railroad in Oak Lawn

Learn about the railroad's impact on Oak Lawn and explore historic images through our Flickr digital exhibit.

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Full Steam Ahead! The Railroad in Oak Lawn

Created by Kevin Korst on May 11th, 2017
Updated on May 25th, 2017

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Hitting the Road: A Trip Down 95th Street

Take a trip down 95th Street and explore historic images through our Flickr digital exhibit.

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Hitting the Road: A Trip Down 95th Street

Created by Kevin Korst on May 10th, 2017
Updated on May 25th, 2017

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Interactive Map of Historic Oak Lawn

Learn more about the rich history of Oak Lawn and discover historic locations throughout the Village.

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Interactive Map of Historic Oak Lawn

Created by Kevin Korst on May 10th, 2017
Updated on May 25th, 2017

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Interactive Map of the 1967 Tornado

Learn about the devastating 1967 Tornado and how it impacted the Village of Oak Lawn.

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Interactive Map of the 1967 Tornado

Created by Kevin Korst on May 10th, 2017
Updated on May 25th, 2017

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Oak Lawn Historypin Collection

Explore a selection of images from the Local History collection and discover how Oak Lawn has changed over the last century.

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Oak Lawn Historypin Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on May 10th, 2017
Updated on May 25th, 2017

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