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Grab your History on Tap Pub Crawl wear at the official store filled with different irreverent shirts. Pick your slogan, color, and size, to show your Downers Grove pride for the Historical Society. Show your support with a shirt today.





Edward Bunting Jr.
2022 Historian of the Year

He has spent a lifetime taking aim and shooting – pictures, of course, with a camera. His contributions to recording Downers Grove history via his photography and leadership skills have now earned Edward Bunting Jr. the honor of being named the Downers Grove Historical Society’s 2022 Historian of the Year.

While Ed used his picture-taking skills in the Naval Reserve, for the NICOR gas company, and for the DG Fire Department, of most interest to Downers Grove residents are the photos he has taken of the town over the years – of interesting and notable people, places, things, and events. In addition to recording town history, Bunting helped make history via his civic volunteer work, such as his term on the Community Events Commission, and helped further promote it through his 35-year involvement with the D.G. Historical Society as a board member and photographer, which included a stint as president.

Come learn all about this fascinating and accomplished man at the free and open-to-the-public award ceremony which will take place Sat, Oct. 8, 2022, at 1 pm, in the James Henry Breasted Auditorium at Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave. in Downers Grove. It will feature a slide show of highlights of his work, a list of his many awards, and tributes from the mayor and Fire Department personnel, among others, followed by refreshments and a chance for attendees to chat with the award recipient.





John Manning Wells Selected as 2022 Founder of the Year 

John Manning WellsJohn Manning Wells was selected as the 2022 Founder of the Year. As part of the Downers Grove Founders Day activities, his selection was celebrated at a ceremony at the Downers Grove Main Street Cemetery on Saturday morning May 7, 2022, at the site of his headstone.

To find out more about John Manning's life and his contributions to the village government, the Maple Grove Forest Preserve, and the Girl Scouts, click here.



James Dohren is the 2022 Montrew Dunham Award Recipient

The Downers Grove Historical Society is pleased to announce James Dohren as 2022 Montrew Dunham Award recipient. The award was created in 2019 to honor those whose significant service and contributions to the Village of Downers Grove have earned them a place in its history, following in the footsteps of noted teacher, author, historian, and community volunteer, Montrew Dunham.

When finding someone to beJames Dohren honored as the Montrew Dunham award winner for 2022 you only have to look to Jim Dohren. Sadly, Jim passed away in 2020 but all he did will forever be remembered. Born on April 13, 1943 in Aurora, Illinois Jim spent 33 years in Downers Grove as a middle school teacher of history and government. His interest in history led him to be an active board member of the Downers Grove Historical Society. For many years he was in charge of the restoration of the Main Street Cemetery in Downers Grove. His concern for the cemetery included researching graves and ensuring that all buried there would have a proper marker. Often corresponding with families all over the country he helped mark their family graves here.  

The Downers Grove Historical Society honored James' memory in an award ceremony at the Downers Grove Museum on the Wandschneider Park campus on May 7, 2022. For more on James' contribution to Downers Grove, click here.

We are Dedicated to the History and Heritage of 
Downers Grove, Illinois

The Downers Grove Historical Society is an independent, non-profit volunteer organization that was incorporated in 1968. We are dedicated to keeping history alive for future generations by preserving and promoting the heritage of Downers Grove. We seek to foster an understanding, awareness, and appreciation of our town's history and architecture through education, community programs, publications, and acknowledgment of historic sites. We rely solely on public support to continue these efforts. 

We are dedicated to the history and heritage of Downers Grove, Illinois.

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When you become a member of the Downers Grove Historical Society, you join those who are supporting the efforts to preserve, protect and share our rich heritage. Your membership supports a vital cultural resource and preserves our town's history - now, and for future generations.