Materials Sought by the Hyde Park Historical Society:

World War II and Hyde Park. Memories and souvenirs of Hyde Park during World War II are of special interest to us. That was an intense period and if any of our readers who lived in Hyde Park during that period would like to share their memories, we would like to have them. What was Hyde Park like in those days? What changes in Hyde Park occurred during the War? Write us a letter and tell us about your experiences during that period.

If you wondering about making a donation of historic printed or other materials to the HPHS please write to our headquarters, or Contact us .

We are trying to expand our holdings of the Hyde Park High School yearbook, the AITCHPE. We currently have editions for the following years: 1893, 1914,1916, 1917, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929(2),
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935(2), 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940,
1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952,
1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972 

While we will accept yearbooks from the University High School of The University of Chicago, the Laboratory Schools have what is believed to be a complete collection of their own. That, unfortunately, is not true for Hyde Park High School and we want to establish a central location for their yearbooks.

If you have saved Hyde Park related items such as matchbooks, pins, advertising souvenirs, programs, menus, plates and silverware from old hotels and restaurants, postcards, clearly labeled photographs, or very old telephone directories, please consider donating them to our Society. Some of these may be among the few remaining artifacts of businesses, hotels, and restaurants now long gone from our area.

Recent Donations:

Our thanks go to HPHS board member Nikki Stein who has given us a collection of documents related to the early history of the Kenwood Open House Committee that had been originally in the files of her late mother, Mrs. Hubert Will. The Committee played a very important role in the revival of the Kenwood Community during the 1950s and 1960s and these are the first primary materials from the group to come our way. HPHS board member Alta Blakely has donated her collection of AITCHPEs, almost doubling the number that we held previously. Alta Blakely and John Crewdson have givenus various reports and papers related to the Hyde Park Y.M.C.A. Finally, Robert Baker has contributed a collection of Hyde Park High School memorabilia dating from the mid-1950s. Bob is a former Hyde Parker now living in Colorado.