The celebrated old and new treasures last Thursday evening, with the unveiling of its exhibit "Hidden Treasures Revealed."
With help from , the Historical Society secured a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), for a Basic Processing and Preservation Planning Project, which helped them to afford its new archivist, Nancy Webster.
Since her arrival, the Historical Society has uncovered, revitalized, archived and made available to the public hundreds of historic documents and artifacts of local history, some of which were unveiled at last week's event.
On hand for the evening were dozens of Highland Park families, history buffs, local authors, board members, and
"History comes alive when you know about things that happened in your area," said Historical Society board of directors president Rob Rotering, encouraging all to share their knowledge and spread the word throughout the community about the new finds and other history at the Museum.
New finds presented Thursday evening included a 19th-Century baseball uniform and lady's bathing suit, letters to the mayor and city council, and sale contract of Highland Park Bank to Highland Park State Bank on the St. Johns-and-Central-Avenues site that is now Chase bank.
Among other exciting treasures shared throughout the evening were the mysterious Stupey Log Cabin murder, Native American bent-tree trail markers, beginning as a professional baseball stadium and photos of early Christian and Jewish roots.
The project will be complete in 2012.
See photos from Thursday's event above.