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!


Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 3 – 9, 1867

3rd Wednesday  A cloudy damp day with showers  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly worn out with trouble.

4th Thursday rather a warm day & cloudy not verry fine for the 4th I did my choars was at the office came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick [in margin] a still Fourth.

5th Friday  rather a cloudy showerey day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 sick & worn out with trouble.

6th Saturday  rather a fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ and went to bed at 10 sick & sorrowful.

7th Sunday  rather a fine cool day with some clouds  I did my choars was at the office about 9, came home choared round the house was about sick & went to bed about 10 & lay till near 2, fixed fence some etc  Sister was verry troublesome, Caroline called & eat supper, Mrs Stone went to C Owens  I did my choars & went to bed about 9 sick.

8th Monday  rather fine growing weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick & worn out.

9th Tuesday  fine growing weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick & worn out [in margin] Patterson & Estes came here.”

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


Eighth Annual Cemetery Walk

The Warrenville Historical Society is happy to announce “Dead Men Talking – And Some Women – VIII,” which will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015.  The outdoor 45 minute tours will start every 15 minutes beginning at 6:00p.m. with the last tour beginning at 7:30p.m.  Tours are given on a first come first serve basis.  For those not wishing to walk through the cemetery, a presentation by the interpreters will be given at 5:00p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church.

cemetery image

During this year’s event, leaders of Warrenville and the history of their families will be highlighted, including our community’s founder, Julius Warren; an early advocate for education, Seraph Warren Holmes; an early medical pioneer, Dr. Mary Breme; and Warrenville’s first mayor, Bill Stafford.


Cemetery tours begin at the Warrenville Cemetery, located on the north side of Warrenville road between Curtis and Warren.  Luminaries will light the way to lantern-lit gravesites where costumed interpreters will tell the wonderful stories that brings Warrenville history back to life.  Tour admission is free but donations will be accepted and are appreciated.  All donations benefit the Warrenville Historical Society.  Parking is available at Trinity Lutheran Church located at the N/W corner of Curtis and Warrenville Rds. Refreshments will be served at Trinity Lutheran Church after the tours.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors: Chase Upholstery, Courtyard Banquets, Minuteman Press, NorthStar Credit Union and Voegtle’s Auto Service.

Flashback Friday: Happy Fourth of July


As we are just hours away from the start of the 2015 Warrenville 4th of July Parade, we thought we’d share some pictures from the 1979 parade. We hope you all have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

We will see you on Wednesday, July 8th when we reopen from 1-4pm! Stop in and meet our Albright Inspired visiting artist Chris Hodge!

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4th of July Bingo Event

Join the Historical Society for some festive fun on the 4th of July!  We are happy to once again sponsor Bingo during the Warrenville July 4th Celebration.  Bingo kicks off at 2:00pm on Wednesday, July 4th at Cerny Park.  Participants will have the chance to win prizes, including a copy of one of Leone Schmidt’s wonderful history books about our very own community.  We hope to see you all there!  The Historical Society would also like to extend a big THANK YOU to Sandy Hendricks for organizing this wonderful event!

If you aren’t able to join us on the 4th, but are interested in learning more about our organization or Leone’s local history book collection, please stop by the Warrenville Historical Museum & Art Gallery during our summer open hours on Wednesdays and Sundays from 1-4pm through the month of August.  We are a free institution and love to welcome interested guests!  During the summer months you can also pick up one of Leone’s publications from our museum bookstore at our discounted summer sale prices.  Please contact us with any questions: 630-393-4215 or info@warrenvillehistorical.org.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

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