The Blue Island Historical Society brings together those people interested in history, especially in the history of Blue Island and neighboring communities. The Society will work to discover and collect any material that may help to establish or illustrate the history of the area; its exploration, settlement, development, and activities; its progress in population, wealth, education, arts, sciences, agriculture, manufactures, trade, and transportation, printed, photographic, and audio-visual material including art and artifacts are all within the scope of the Society’s interests.
The Blue Island Historical Society
13018 Maple Avenue
Blue Island, IL 60406
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2017 Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 6, Mexican-American Boxcar Communities in Chicago and the Midwest, 7:00 P.M. Railroads were essential to the growth and development of the United States. Since the 1910’s, very large numbers of Mexican immigrants were employed by the railroads, who lived on railroad property, in railroad boxcars and “section houses.” The audience will learn about these railroad boxcar communities and the vibrant social and cultural life of these Mexican settlers.
Saturday, April 29, Spring Luncheon Tea, 12:00 Noon. Donation $20.00. RSVP required, 708-371-8546.
Sunday, April 30, Blue Island Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting, 1:00 p.m. Yearly report of the Historical Society, and election of board members followed by guest speaker, Dr. Steve Hofer on “History of TV” and then a Blue Island video documentary preview by Kevin Brown. Refreshments served.
Thursday, June 17, Vintage Baseball game. New! Let’s play ball…details to be announced, 1:00 P.M.
Sunday, September 17, 31th Blue Island House Walk Tour, Noon to 4:00 P.M. More details to follow in a future newsletter. TIckets are $15 per person in advance, $20 the day of tour.
Saturday, October 14, Fall Harvest Tea, 2:00 P.M. Donation: $20.00. RSVP required, 708-371-8546.
Saturday, December 2, Christmas Breakfast Tea and Cookie Exchange, 10:00 A.M. Donation: $20.00. RSVP required, 708-371-8546.
2017 BIHS Board meetings: January 9; February 6; March 6; April 3; May 1; June 5, August 7; September 5; October 2; November 6; & December 4. Board meetings are generally on the first Mondays of the month with an occasional exception (call to verify). All meetings are at 7:00 P.M. in the BIHS/Albee House. Everyone is invited to attend or help on committees.
Albee House | Local artifacts, photographs, and various objects fill the display cases at our home, the Albee House, on Maple Avenue. The Albee House is open by appointment only or for special events. Please see our Facebook for upcoming events.
The Blue Island History Museum | The museum is located in the lower level of the Blue Island Public Library, 2433 York Street. There is also a virtual tour of the History Museum. Museum hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm; Friday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm.