Researching the Prairie House: Capturing Local Proviso History

Sunday, August 28, 1:00-3:00pm
Free Event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

Presenter: Patricia Reaves

You are invited to a presentation on research into the half-timbered, 1852-1858 schoolhouse at the heart of the recently updated Franzosenbusch Prairie House. The findings have yielded new insights into the history of the community along the border of Western Cook and DuPage Counties, located near the intersection of 22nd Street and Wolf Road. It is the history of the founders of the areas of Westchester, Hillside, La Grange Park and surroundings. It is also a presentation on early settlement on early history and migration, a look at what existed before the strip malls, businesses, homes and apartments became part of the Suburbs of the greater Chicago area.

It is the story of Wolf Road Prairie and its people – the main focus of the researchers of the history of the Prairie House – a chance for you to “meet” the early occupants of this site. Historic photos of the settlers and their early farmsteads will show their incredible drive and spirit which laid the foundations for a developing community. Take part in a visual exploration into an ongoing research and restoration project, take a walk back in time to the mid-19th century, and gain better understanding of the history of the area surrounding the natural wonders of Wolf Road Prairie.