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Local History Tornado Exhibit Closing on May 20th

View over 200 images, read written accounts from witnesses, see footage of the aftermath, and hear news broadcasts from the disaster.

Local History Exhibit 2017-1

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Local History Tornado Exhibit Closing on May 20th

Created by Kevin Korst on May 8th, 2017
Updated on Apr 6th, 2018

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New Local History Exhibit for 2018

Beginning in June Local History will host an exhibit about America in World War I. Stay tuned for details as we get closer to summer!

LH Exhibit WWI

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New Local History Exhibit for 2018

Created by Kevin Korst on Aug 9th, 2017
Updated on Mar 22nd, 2018

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Local History Collections Database

Search more than 15,000 Oak Lawn related items including photos, yearbooks, telephone books, postcards, documents, artifacts, and more!

PastPerfect Online Database

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Local History Collections Database

Created by Kevin Korst on May 8th, 2017
Updated on Mar 22nd, 2018

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New Service Available!

Schedule your One on One Appointment with a Librarian

oneonone announcement

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New Service Available!

Created by Shannon Kazmierczak on Feb 27th, 2018

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Explore the Local History Yearbook Collection

View more than 200 yearbooks from local schools including OLCHS, Richards, Covington and more.

LH Collection Yearbooks

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Explore the Local History Yearbook Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Jun 7th, 2017
Updated on Mar 22nd, 2018

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Explore the Local History Postcard Collection

View more than 100 Oak Lawn related postcards from businesses, schools, churches, and more.

LH Collection Postcards

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Explore the Local History Postcard Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on May 25th, 2017
Updated on Mar 22nd, 2018

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Explore the Local History World War II Collection

View more than 400 items connected to World War II including photos, oral history interviews, objects and more.

LH WWII Collection

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Explore the Local History World War II Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Jan 17th, 2018

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Explore the Local History Phone Book Collection

View more than 50 local telephone books dating back to 1924 and search for families and businesses from Oak Lawn's past.

LH Telephone Books

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Explore the Local History Phone Book Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Jul 28th, 2017
Updated on Mar 22nd, 2018

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About Us  

Come check out our computer section!

Created by Natalie DeJonghe on Jan 12th, 2018

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Westlaw subscription has ended

click here to find where you can access this resource

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Westlaw subscription has ended

Created by Lana Magnavite on Jan 4th, 2018

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Thanks for a Wonderful 2017!

Last year Local History saw more than 4,000 visitors and 25,000 database searches. We are grateful for the continued support from our patrons!

LH Visitors and Searches 2017

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Thanks for a Wonderful 2017!

Created by Kevin Korst on Dec 26th, 2017

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Local Veterans, Share Your Story!

We want to preserve your experiences for future generations. Contact the library at 708-422-4990 or kkorst@olpl.org to find out more!

Veterans Oral History Project

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Local Veterans, Share Your Story!

Created by Kevin Korst on Dec 6th, 2017

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Donate or Loan Your Historic Oak Lawn Artifacts

Do you have historic photos, objects, or documents related to Oak Lawn? Share them with us and help preserve the Village's past!

Loan or Donate to LH

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Donate or Loan Your Historic Oak Lawn Artifacts

Created by Kevin Korst on Nov 20th, 2017

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Explore the Local History Aerial Photo Collection

Discover more than 100 different aerial photographs of Oak Lawn going back to 1938.

LH Aerial Photo Collection

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Explore the Local History Aerial Photo Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Nov 7th, 2017

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Explore the Local History Map Collection

View more than 50 different maps covering Worth Township and the Oak Lawn area.

LH Map Collection

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Explore the Local History Map Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Oct 25th, 2017

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Explore the Local History 1967 Tornado Collection

View more than 1,000 tornado related artifacts including photos, written recollections, and oral history interviews.

LH Tornado Collection

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Explore the Local History 1967 Tornado Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Oct 13th, 2017

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Explore the Local History Round-Up Days Collection

View more than 200 different items related to the Oak Lawn Round-Up including photos, documents, and more.

LH Round-Up Collection

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Explore the Local History Round-Up Days Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Oct 2nd, 2017

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FAKE BOOKS

What are fake books? They're real books!

FAKE BOOKS - 9.20.17

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FAKE BOOKS

Created by Lana Magnavite on Sep 20th, 2017
Updated on Sep 21st, 2017

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Explore the Local History Matchbook Collection

View more than 100 different matchbooks from current and former Oak Lawn businesses including Jack Kilty's, Branding Iron, and more.

LH Collection Matchbooks

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Explore the Local History Matchbook Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Sep 18th, 2017

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Explore the Local History Artifact Collection

View more than 1,000 Oak Lawn related artifacts including clothing, pennants, matchbooks, buttons, signs, and more.

LH Collection Artifacts

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Explore the Local History Artifact Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Sep 1st, 2017

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Ask A Librarian

Submit your question!

Ask A Librarian 8.24.17

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Ask A Librarian

Created by Lana Magnavite on Aug 24th, 2017

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Explore the Local History Music Collection

Search through a selection of audio records and listen to musical recordings from throughout Oak Lawn's history.

LH Audio Records

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Explore the Local History Music Collection

Created by Kevin Korst on Aug 23rd, 2017
Updated on Mar 15th, 2018

Chicago Tribune 1985 to current 8.22.17

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Chicago Tribune 1985-Current

Created by Lana Magnavite on Aug 22nd, 2017

Announcement  

Discontinuation of FHL Microfilm Loans

Created by Kathy O'Leary on Jul 21st, 2017
Updated on Jul 24th, 2017

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Village of Oak Lawn Code Book

Search the current Village of Oak Lawn Code for ordinances related to businesses, public safety, vehicles, homes, and more.

OL Ordinance and Code Book

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Village of Oak Lawn Code Book

Created by Kevin Korst on Jul 20th, 2017

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