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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Flashback Fridays will offer a behind-the-scenes look at museum operations


Bryan Ogg, Curator of Research

Hear about the curators’ work and see real artifacts from the museum’s collection of over 52,000 objects and learn about the stories behind these objects. Topics will range from furniture to textiles, archaeological objects to recreational artifacts and more.

The programs will be held off-site at the 22,000-square-foot Collections Care and Storage Facility, housed in the City of Naperville’s Public Works Building at 180 Fort Hill Drive in Naperville. 

“We have been good stewards of Naperville’s history since 1969 when the Naperville Heritage Society was founded,” said Chief Curator Louise Howard. “We are so fortunate to have received the support of our residents and the City of Naperville over the past 45 years and we wanted to share highlights of the collection with the community.”

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Friday Flashbacks Dates & Themes

• April 4: Play/Recreation/Leisure with a look at 19th century toys and examples of recreational and leisure activities.

• May 2: Archaeology and the artifacts uncovered during local digs.

• June 6: Weddings and 19th to 20th century clothing and accessories.

• No program on July 4.

• Aug. 1: Furniture and Kroehler Manufacturing Co.

• Sept. 5: The archives, architectural files and historic photographs.

• Oct. 3: Public safety collection.

The program is for teens to adults. Tickets are $10, $8 for Heritage Society Sustaining Members. Call (630) 420-6010 for reservations; space is limited to the first 20 registered.

Did you know? Naper Settlement is a nationally accredited, award-winning outdoor museum set on 12 magnificent acres in the heart of Naperville, where history comes to play and community comes to connect. The Naperville Heritage Society is the administrator of Naper Settlement. With a commitment to the community and a focus to the future, the mission of the Naperville Heritage Society is to collect, document, preserve and support the history of Naperville, Illinois, past and present. For more information, visit napersettlement.com or call (630) 420-6010.

Submitted by Naper Settlement

Editor’s Note: Bryan Ogg, Curator of Research at Naper Settlement, is among PN’s contributing columnists. Find an archive of his stories saved here: Bryan Ogg


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