Flashback Friday: Fourth of July Parades

As we look forward to next week’s 4th of July holiday, we have dedicated our #FlashbackFriday to the Warrenville 4th of July Parade! This popular community event has a long history of bringing smiles to the streets of town.

These pictures are in the Museum’s collection and span a variety of years, but unfortunately, we do not have any identifications for people in the pictures or know what years they are from. Do you recognize someone or know what year the picture was taken? Head over to our Facebook Page and comment on our 4th of July Parade photo album and help us preserve history with a comment identifying this missing information!

The Museum will be closed on the 4th, but we will reopen for our regular summer hours of Sundays and Wednesdays from 1-4pm on July 8th. Stop in and see our new Albright Family of Artists exhibit!

We hope you enjoy viewing these past year celebrations and have a happy and safe holiday this year!

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Throwback Thursday: National Poetry Month

As we look to the end of the month of April, we are featuring a Throwback Thursday to celebrate National Poetry Month highlighting some aspiring poets from Holmes School. This selection of poems come from three different volumes of Holmes School’s Prose & Poetry which was produced by the PTA from 1976-1979. These volumes were recently donated to the Museum’s collection. We hope you enjoy these selections and may they inspire you to pick up the pen and compose your own poem!

Those Were the Days #ThrowbackThursday

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday is taken from a 1951 issue of The Warrenville Community Life. This publication which featured local stories focused on the creation and building of Warrenville’s VFW. The paper also included some snapshots of the day and highlighted some local residents. We hope you enjoy it!

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Merry Christmas Memories from 1967 #celebrating50

As we wrap up 2017 with the holiday season, we remember Christmas from 1967, 50 years ago, when the City had just incorporated! Please enjoy some of the memories from that historic year as featured in the Warrenville Digest. We hope you all have a happy and merry Christmas!

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A Mayor is Elected! #Celebrating50

As the City of Warrenville and the Historical Society continue to celebrate the City’s 50th Anniversary, we highlight the election of our first Mayor!

After Warrenville residents voted to incorporate on May 20, 1967, it was time to select a government. On August 3, 1967, the Warrenville Digest reported that Warrenville had elected a Mayor! Out of the three candidates, Bill Stafford was the choice!

The Mayor was sworn in and got to work right away. It would be another month before the City Clerk, Treasurer and Aldermen would be elected and the first Council meeting held.

It was an exciting time to watch the new city take shape!

On Sunday, September 17th at 1:30 p.m., the City will continue the celebration by opening a time capsule at the Albright Park Gazebo during Art on the Prairie. Join us that day to see the items that were placed in the capsule 30 years ago when the Gazebo was built.

You can also help us decide what should go into the 2017 time capsule. This 2017 capsule will be opened in 2067 when Warrenville celebrates its 100th! If you have ideas of what should be included to represent our lives in 2017, email us at info@warrenvillehistorical.org.

Happy 4th of July! #Celebrating50

Happy 4th of July! We hope you all have a happy, safe and historic 4th of July!

As we continue to celebrate the City of Warrenville’s 50th Anniversary, please enjoy these pictures from 1967, the year the residents of Warrenville exercised their American right to vote for incorporation!

Congratulations to the graduates of 2017! #Celebrating50

School is out and summer has arrived! The Historical Society would like to congratulate all of our local students on finishing the school year and especially those who graduated!

As we do that and welcome summer, we also look back to the graduates of 1967. The graduates of that historic year when Warrenville voted to incorporate, were highlighted in the Warrenville Digest on this day 50 years ago.    

Celebrating a Warrenville Tradition: 4th of July Parades

We hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. The Museum will be closed on Sunday, July 3rd and reopen on Wednesday, July 6th from 1-4pm.

We hope you enjoy celebrating family, community and national traditions including our wonderful parade!

July 4th Parade 1967

July 4th Parade 1967

July 4th Parade 1976

July 4th Parade 1979


July 4th Parade 1987

July 4th Parade 1995

July 4th Parade 1995


Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week: Honoring Warrenville’s First Teacher Seraph Warren Holmes

Seraph Warren was born to her parents Peter and Anna Warren in New York State in 1813. As a young woman in those days, she was grateful that my parents allowed her to get an education.  She was given a good elementary education and trained as a teacher in New York. Her passion for education grew as she taught students on the east coast and when her aunt, uncle and cousins headed west (the Daniel and Nancy Warren family including Colonel Warren and his seven sisters), her family followed them to a settlement along the DuPage River.

Seraph Warren Holmes

Seraph Warren Holmes

Their family made a new home in the new community of Warrenville which was named after her cousin Julius. As soon as Julius’s first boarding house for lodgers was built in 1835, he arranged for Seraph to take charge of the upstairs room as a schoolroom and she began teaching the children who were arriving to the growing town.

Seraph felt that all children, especially the children in the growing area of DuPage County, needed a good education to ensure that they learned how to make the community great. Seraph had a high standard of education and taught any child who wanted to learn.

Although she loved her life as an educator, on January 3, 1849, she married Albert Holmes and they began what they hoped would be a long and happy life filled with love. In those days, women were not allowed to work once they were married, so we know how much she must have loved Albert to leave her other love of teaching for him. Sadly, only five months after their wedding, Albert died tragically and suddenly of cholera while the couple was visiting Galena, Illinois. Seraph returned to Warrenville as a widow to continue her work as a teacher.

3S432 Fourth Street, once home to the Warrenville Seminary, now a private residence

3S432 Fourth Street, once home to the Warrenville Seminary, now a private residence

On September 14, 1851, she helped open and then ran the Warrenville Seminary. The boarding school drew students from the local area, but also from as far away as Chicago and Rockford. Two of our graduates, General Frederick Starring and Dr. John Maynard Woodworth of Chicago, the first surgeon general of the United States, are just two examples of the results of the fine education the school provided students in Warrenville.  The Seminary turned Fourth Street into the school’s campus. Seraph’s father’s house, north on Fourth Street, was the boardinghouse for the boy students, while the girls slept on the second floor of the school house, which still stands at 3S432 Fourth Street and is now a private home.

Peter Warren home as seen in the 1876 DuPage Atlas

Peter Warren home as seen in the 1876 DuPage Atlas, once located on north Fourth Street

After the seminary closed following the Civil War, Seraph and her mother moved to Rockford. There she opened “Mrs. Holmes School for Young Ladies,” to help train new teachers. Her Rockford school would later be incorporated into Rockford College, still known for its good teaching program. After her death in 1905, her body was brought back to be buried in Warrenville. Nine years later, our great community paid her the most ultimate honor when they named the new elementary school after Seraph. The Seraph Warren Holmes School welcomed Warrenville students until 1991 when it closed.

Holmes School which was located at , where the current Police Station is located

Holmes School, where the current Police Station is located on Warren Avenue

Flashback Friday: Warrenville Digest 1979

The Historical Society is lucky to have an entire set of the Warrenville Digest in our collection. This former local newspaper is a treasurer for our community and offers a great look into Warrenville history. Please enjoy looking at these pages from the 1979 Digest on Flashback Friday!

WVD 1979 6.7.1979 p 3

WVD 1979 5.31.1979 p 18

WVD 1979 4.26.1979 p 5

WVD 1979 4.26.1979 cover

WVD 1979 1.11.1979 p 3