Naperville Heritage Digital Collection

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November 1909 Naperville Illinois Telephone Directory. Chicago: Chicago Telephone Company, 1909. Naperville Telephone Directory. Chicago: Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation, 1910, 1911. Naperville Telephone Directory. Issued by Illinois Bell Telephone, 1924, 1926. Naperville Telephone Directory. Chicago: Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957. Naperville Community Directory 1959-1960. Oak Park, Illinois: Community Guide and Directory, [1960]. (copyright permission granted) These directories provide residential and classified listings for Naperville through the early years of telephone service.

Naperville’s 150th Birthday: a Sesquicentennial Commemorative Celebration. 35 min. [Naperville, Illinois], 1981. Videocassette. Produced by Mary Lou Wehrli. (copyright permission granted) This film captures the main events and leaders of the Naperville Sesquicentennial celebration.

Naperville Sesquicentennial Highlights: a set of 137 selected slides of the Naperville Sesquicentennial Celebration October 1980 through December 1981 and preceded by a catalog of the same. Naperville, Illinois: City of Naperville, a Municipal Corporation of DuPage and Will Counties, Illinois, 1984, slides. (copyright permission granted) Representing the most significant pictures of the Naperville Sesquicentennial are 137 slides of events during the celebration, October 1980 through December 1981. The catalog and slides are arranged chronologically by event.

Souvenir of the Naperville Home Coming, Naperville, ILL. May 29th to June 1st 1917. [Naperville, Illinois: The General Committee, 1917]. (public domain) Civic pride in Naperville’s progressive transformation and improvements inspired a homecoming invitation to past residents and the general public from May 29-June 1, 1917. Showcased are photographs and histories of local homes, churches, schools, businesses, community organizations and government departments. City statistics are included.

Index to Souvenir of the Naperville Home Coming Naperville, ILL. May 29th to June 1st 1917. Naperville, Illinois: Fox Valley Genealogical Society, 1996. (copyright permission granted) This is a personal name index to the 1917 Naperville Home Coming narration.

[Stoos, Mrs. Joseph]. Nichols Library Celebrates 75 Years of Progress. [Naperville, Illinois, 1973]. (NPL document) Naperville Public Library began with the original Nichols Library on Washington Street. This anniversary pamphlet details the construction, staffing and growing usage of the building from 1898 to 1973.

“Thank You for Your Cooperation”: a History of Centennial Beach”: A History of Centennial Beach, Naperville Illinois. 57 minutes. [Naperville Illinois, 1992]. DVD. Produced by Mary Lou Wehrli. (copyright permission granted) This film shows how Centennial Beach has evolved from a limestone quarry. Includes interviews.

Two Brothers, One Beer and the American Dream. 46 min. DVD. Naperville, Illinois, 2007]. Produced by Naperville Community Television, Channel 17. (copyright permission granted) The Stenger Brewery, which operated in Naperville around 1851 to its close in 1892, was a major industry in Naperville. Begun by Peter Stenger and then managed by sons John and Nicholas, one of its employees was Adolph Coors. The Stenger brothers brewed a lager beer that was popular throughout DuPage County and even Chicago. In 1959 the buildings on Franklin and Webster were torn down. Naperville Heritage Society staff, beer historians, and Stenger descendants are interviewed.

Village records of Naperville, Illinois, February 7, 1857 thru April 26, 1870. Book A. [Naperville, Illinois], 1981. Transcribed and indexed by Patricia S. Miller. (public domain) City of Naperville: Council Minutes February 1857 through April 1898.

Wesley United Methodist Church. Our First 150 Years. Naperville, Illinois: Wesley United Methodist Church, 1982. (copyright permission granted) The church’s first sermon was preached in 1832 and several churches were built by its members. Besides the names of active families and officers in 1982, there is a 1907 directory of members, group pictures, description of church activities, an account of the 1955 fire, and dedicatory programs.

Wiley, Elizabeth and Mildred Eigenbrodt. A Time for Remembrance: History of 125 Years of First Evangelical United Brethren Church, Naperville, Illinois. Naperville, Illinois: First Evangelical United Brethren Church, 1962. (copyright permission granted) Going back to its first sermon preached in 1837 and known as the Zion Evangelical Church, this was the first church erected in DuPage County in 1841. In 1910 it merged with College Chapel Church of North Central College. In 1946 it took on the name of First Evangelical United Brethren Church. This informal history contains many group pictures, lists of pastors and missionaries. Note: In 1968 the First Evangelical United Brethren Church merged with the Methodist Church to become Community United Methodist Church.

Wood, Doris. A Small Town Weathers the Depression: Naperville, Illinois, 1929-39. Naperville, Illinois: Doris Wood, 1972. (copyright permission granted) Fairly self sufficient during the Depression, Naperville rallied to help those in need with charitable relief efforts. Areas affected by these hard times included banking, education, politics, culture, farming, everyday life and economizing. Kroehler Manufacturing, the biggest employer in town, experienced a strike, New Deal programs were tried, and the town celebrated its Centennial in 1931.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: the Martin Mitchell Mansion Story. 28 min. [Naperville, Illinois, 2005] DVD. Produced by Naperville Community Television, Channel 17. (copyright permission granted) Tells the story of the Martin family, their family business, and Caroline Martin Mitchell’s generous bequest of the Mansion and the surrounding 212 acres to the City of Naperville. The documentary also showcases the recent meticulous restoration of the mansion. George Martin II started the Naperville Tile and Brick Works in 1871 and built the family mansion in 1883. The mansion became the city’s first public museum in 1939 and the nucleus of the Naperville Heritage Society in 1969.


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