For nearly 45 years, the Hinsdale Historical Society (HHS) has been the bridge between Hinsdale’s past, present, and future.
Maintaining a vast collection of historic archives, oral histories, and photographs, the nonprofit entity is a vital part of preserving Hinsdale’s architectural legacy. From The Hinsdale History Museum to Immanuel Hall and the R. Harold Zook Home and Studio, our village would not be the same without this important work.
Denise Marron, director and chair of a January 22 luncheon hosted by the Hinsdale Historical Society Women’s Board, says a personal passion for architectural design, history, and local beauty is what inspired her to get involved in HHS and its endeavors.
“I have a love for all things vintage … all things decorative and preserving a unique love of a neighborhood,” she says. “And I’ve always enjoyed attending multiple kitchen walks.”
The annual Mother’s Day weekend kitchen walk, which celebrates 15 years in 2020, is a key fundraiser for the women’s board. That milestone also inspired the theme of this month’s luncheon — a “Hats Off to 15 Years” celebration to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 22 at The Drake Hotel in Oak Brook.
“The luncheon is an annual event to gather our members, friends, and others within our community to enjoy a fun afternoon together,” says Marron, explaining that the women’s board is the primary fundraising arm of HHS. “Guests will be treated to a light lunch while viewing a fashion show featuring local suburban and city designers. We’ll have some wonderful luxury vending booths catering to women.
Festivities kick off with a Sip & Shop social hour, followed by a few “surprises.”
“I am also doing something that has not been really done before … featuring a few historic elements with fashion leading up to the event,” she says. “It’s a little historic combo — you’ll have to keep a look out!”
Nearly 200 guests are expected this month, but that’s just the precursor to the big event on Friday, May 8.
“Our annual kitchen walk is an opportunity to tour some of the most beautiful homes and professionally designed kitchens,” says Marron. “As we mark 15 years, we want to thank and celebrate all volunteers who have been involved. Their time and talent have made a real difference to the Hinsdale Historical Society and local historic preservation.”
And for those who have not been involved before or are new the community, Marron says this might be the perfect year to jump on board.
“The women’s board is 85 members strong,” she adds. “We invite you to join this group of fun, talented women who focus on fundraising, social outings, preservation, supporting one another, and a shared love of their community. We fund new exhibits and projects, including the historic plaque program and junior board activities. We also fund the archiving and preservation of HHS collections as well as improved educational offerings for local schools.”
On a personal note, Marron believes that preserving Hinsdale’s proud history is important not only to its landmark neighborhoods and homes but also to its reputation throughout Chicago.
“An older home has many unique features. By keeping it original and unique, keeping it a one-of-a-kind, or reconstructing with some original elements, we get something really special,” she says. “Otherwise, we would just have another cookie-cutter neighborhood.”
Hinsdale Historical Society Women’s Board’s “Hats Off to 15 Years” luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 22 at The Drake Hotel, 2301 York Road, in Oak Brook. Tickets are $85. For more information, visit hinsdalehistory.org.