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Norwood Park Historical Society Museum Exhibits

The Museum includes static, growing and changing exhibits. It may also include short-term or traveling exhibits. Current exhibits include:

Exhibit Room One: Margaret’s Room
Margaret Crippen was married in a ceremony and reception held on the front lawn of the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House in 1927. This exhibit, housed in a period-decorated bedroom, includes photographs of Margaret’s wedding to Harvey Howard, excerpts from her journal while a student at Northwestern University and other personal and period items.

Exhibit Room Two: Norwood Park History
This room contains photographs, maps and objects that tell the story of Norwood Park’s growth from a pioneer farming settlement to an independent 19th Century railroad suburb to a city neighborhood. While many items contained in this exhibit remain on permanent display, changing stories are told through the addition of new or infrequently seen items from the NPHS archives.

Exhibit Room Three: A Whole Lot of Cans!
The Norwood Park Historical Society's 2017 exhibit features a collection of beer and pop cans. The very extensive collection of cans (489!) were held in a single collection and donated to the Society. It appears that the cans were collected in the 1970s. While initially thought to be a collection of only beer cans, it turned out that it contains pop cans, too. And, even more unexpectedly, it was discovered that the collection includes cans commemorating the United States Bicentennial and other notable events. To round out the exhibit, beer-related items are also on display. These include calendars, steins, glasses, pitchers and other accessories. Contributors include Michael Boucek, the Rustemeyer family, Christine and Joseph Urbeszewski, Kathy Wendt and others who wish to remain anonymous.

A couple of items should be noted. First, as of this date, the exhibit is still under construction ... but there is plenty to see already. Second, we are still looking for beer, tavern and related stories and photos from our members, especially as they relate to Norwood Park. And, finally, these cans are for sale! The cans have been inventoried. If you or someone you know is interested in buying vintage beer and pop cans, speak up! The Society wants to sell these valuable and fun items.

Exhibit Room Four: Can You Dig It? and New Items
Can You Dig It? is an exhibit that is very popular with children. It is an extensive collection of artifacts dug up from beneath the lawns of the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House. These include coins, toys, animal bones and other treasures. In addition, this room contains recent additions to the NPHS archives.

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