History

Drivin’ the Dixie recognized and honored statewide

An event locals have known as something special for the past 17 years is being recognized throughout the state this year. As Illinois celebrates its 200th birthday, Drivin’ the Dixie has been named an official Illinois Bicentennial event. It’s also received four awards from the Illinois State Historical Society and an award of merit from the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Flossmoor History Project ramps up marketing effort based on village's architectural treasures

 
To create the future, study the past.

The Flossmoor History Project, billed by organizers as a forward-leaning marketing project, seems to be following that timeless bit of advice, creating a new marketing effort rooted firmly in the village's past, especially its rich architectural history.

National Trust names Flossmoor architect as new executive director for Farnsworth House

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced on April 5 that Scott Mehaffey of Flossmoor has been selected as executive director of the Farnsworth House, a National Trust Historic Site located in Plano.

  Scott Mehaffey
 

Homewood’s early years: The village begins to grow up

After Homewood was incorporated in February 1893, the village board debated for months on the details of construction of a village hall. There was little debate, however, when it came to the question of sidewalks and other improvements.

Local history: The origins of Flossmoor

While the state celebrates its bicentennial, the Chronicle is expanding local history offerings with a series written by Scott Mehaffey on the origins and history of Flossmoor. This first installment looks back to roots of the village.

Feb. 11 is 125th anniversary of Homewood’s incorporation

Although settled in the 1830’s, it took almost 60 years for the area that would eventually become Homewood to officially form a village government. That milestone was reached on Feb. 11, 1893, and so Homewood is celebrating its 125th birthday this year.

New downtown Flossmoor sign boasts civic pride

Flossmoor, your winter nights just got a little brighter with a new lighted town pride sign recently unveiled in the downtown area.

Homewood’s all-metal Lustron homes part of history

Do you know what a Lustron home is? Chances are that most people have never heard the name, nor do they realize there are four of these unique houses located in the village of Homewood.

Homewood was part of historic nuclear confrontation

"Thirteen Days in October," a 2000 Kevin Costner movie, chronicled the events in the Kennedy White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During the “thirteen days,” Oct. 16-28, 1962, the world came as close to the brink of nuclear war as anytime before or since. Tensions were high throughout the world and in Homewood-Flossmoor, too.

Rail history will come alive for Homewood's Hobo Night on Oct. 14

Families will have a chance to make a visit to Homewood's railroad past on Saturday, Oct. 14, when the village hosts its annual Hobo Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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