Local and Community History Month Celebration

Local and Community History Month

May is Local and Community History Month and the library has a fantastic program featuring the Friendly Village with Country Charm — Huntley. Our Local History Associate Nancy Bacheller will host Looking Back at Huntley in May, and next, the Friends Foundation have a wonderful fundraiser for those loving vintage Huntley photos. These 24×36 vintage photos must be seen upclose to truly appreciate their age, beauty, and historical importance. Read on to see what’s in store this month!

Looking Back at Huntley (click on date to register)

Saturday, May 13 | 10 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, May 16 | 6 to 7 p.m.
For ages 6 and up
Location: Program Rooms 2 & 3
Do you know how Huntley got its name? Did you know Huntley was once known as the Dairy Capital of the World? Local History Associate Nancy Bacheller discusses Huntley’s past, including our rich dairy history in this family-friendly presentation featuring photographs from our Local History collection. Continue exploring Huntley’s history using the Scavenger Hunt-ley handout, take a walking tour with your family of Historic Downtown following our map, and equally as important, kids get a local history coloring book to take home. Registration Required.

Local History Art Gallery Fundraiser

During the month of May, the Friends Foundation will display art canvases depicting scenes from historic Huntley. These photographs are from our Local History collection and what’s more is that you may purchase your favorite photograph for $175 to hang in your home, business, or office, while helping the Friends Foundation support library services. The canvas prints measure 24 x36 and many of the photos are over 100 years old. To purchase a photograph, visit the Information Desk during the month of May. Photos will be available after May 31.

Celebrate Local and Community History Month, drop in and see these images and be sure to visit the library’s Local History Area to explore the latest items on display.

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The library will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2023 for Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 30 at 9:00 a.m.
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