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.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Exhibiting Warrenville History

The Warrenville Historical Society was officially formed on June 9, 1980, but the organization did not have a proper home until 1984. During its early years, the organization met at various places throughout the community. After the insolvent Adam Emory Albright Memorial Foundation deeded the former Albright Studio to the City of Warrenville in 1981, the City began to renovate the building as a space for its new cable operator, Centel Communications, in March of 1982, and allocated a third of the building as the new home of the Warrenville Historical Society.

After two years of work, the Warrenville City Museum officially opened on June 3, 1984, at 2:00 p.m. in the historic Albright Building, 30 years ago today. This vision was realized in no small part due to the work of city leaders, through the sale of property conveyed by Ivan Albright (who died just months before the Museum was opened), through the sale of artwork donated by Josephine Medill Patterson Albright (Ivan’s widow), and through the generous donations of local individuals, organizations and businesses.SCAN7344

The grand opening was a beautiful June day, however Second Street was still under construction in the middle of a sewer project.

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The Warrenville Community Band played to celebrate the event, amongst the construction equipment.SCAN7345

Mayor Volkmer welcomed the visitors and press to the new museum. SCAN7343

The very first museum guests who entered the space that is now the Museum’s Art Gallery, were invited to view historic documents from Warrenville pioneer families on display and other treasures that told the story of the 151 year old community.

Since that monumental day in 1984, we are happy to say the City of Warrenville has allowed for the Museum to expand to fill the entire Albright Building with items from its almost 5,000 piece collection of Warrenville history. Stop in to the Museum this summer during our expanded gallery hours, Wednesdays and Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and join us during the Warrenville Public Library’s first summer concert, Wednesday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. (weather permitting) to enjoy a sweet treat in honor of our 30th Anniversary.