The Forest Park Police Department in the 1920s. (Courtesy Historical Society of Forest Park)

Days of the week after Thanksgiving have been named ‘Black Friday,’ ‘Small Business Saturday,’ and ‘Cyber Monday.’ Now not-for-profit organizations are asking for donations on “Giving Tuesday.”

The idea is to promote the growing movement of philanthropy throughout the world. 

The Historical Society of Forest Park has its cup out, with a goal of receiving $500 in one glorious fundraising day. The gift will be matched, said Executive Director Diane Hansen Grah. 

“So, in essence your donation will be doubled,” she said. 

The event is even honored with a hashtag: #GivingTuesday.

The society uses the money to present programs, lectures and exhibits celebrating the little-known rich history of Forest Park. Last year the society presented around 30 events from historic restaurant crawls to cemetery tours to a live performance of the Des Plaines River Anthology. 

This year the society celebrates its 40th anniversary. The society will also be honoring the 100th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster with a presentation, dinner and cemetery tour to remember the 70 drowning victims of the disaster buried in Forest Park.  

Members who live locally and those who’ve moved away and still fondly remember Forest Park are invited to keep the historical society on track.

“As you are preparing for the holidays, please remember us and other local non-profit organizations,” said Hansen Grah. 

See the historical society website www.forestparkhistory.org or call 708-­232­-3747.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...