Make a Donation & Help Preserve Memories

Your gift will make an enormous difference.

In May, the Community Library Foundation launched a Foundation Donation campaign to benefit the Local History Unit at the Oak Lawn Public Library. Manager Kevin Korst and his team of devoted assistants and volunteers are entrusted with precious memories and valuable artifacts. The Local History Unit at OLPL is the only organization actively preserving Oak Lawn's rich history. To safeguard the Village's past, we the Foundation's Board of Directors ask for your support. Consider a tax-deductible donation to the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1993.

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Your gift will make an enormous difference and enable Local History to: create annual exhibits, purchase artifacts, develop programs and cultivate online databases.

For more information, or to include the Library Foundation in will or estate plans, participate in a corporate match program, or make a gift of stock, please contact Library Director Jim Deiters at 708-422-4990 Ext. 300.

The Foundation & Local History

As the Local History program continues to grow and expand, there are many archive storage, display, equipment and staffing needs that go beyond the Library's regular budget. In response to a growing interest in the history of our Village, the Oak Lawn Public Library re-established a Local History program in Nov. 2006.

In 2014, to help preserve the history of Oak Lawn, the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation revamped its mission in order to solely support the Local History Unit of the Oak Lawn Public Library. Since Local History moved to its existing location on the second floor in April 2015, exhibits are now accessible all 70 hours a week the Library is open. This has translated to an increase of visitors. More than 500 community members alone attended the opening night remembrance, "Voices in the Wind," honoring the 50th anniversary of the devastating 1967 tornado.

The impact of the Local History Unit reaches beyond just its physical space at the Library. Kevin Korst leads education programs at area libraries, in classrooms, and on walking tours highlighting Oak Lawn's historic structures and landmarks. In 2017, there were more than 25,000 searches conducted in the Local History database, which currently contains 14,000+ items including oral history interviews, audio and musical recordings, photographs, postcards, artifacts, phone books, and yearbooks.


Created by Erin Foley on Jun 11th, 2018 @ 3:07 PM.
Updated on Jun 27th, 2018 @ 12:11 PM.