Local History

Herald Newspaper (1941-1945)

Lieutenant Donald W. CunninghamThe Melrose Park Public Library received a 2009 LSTA Digital Imaging grant for its project Proviso Township in War and Peace: The Digitization of the Herald, 1941-1945.Over 9,000 pages of the local newspaper from the WWII era were digitized. Visit the Illinois Digital Archives to view this Collection.

Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project at Melrose Park LibraryMelrose Park Public Library's Veterans History Project is a part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project honors American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them by preserving stories of their service to our country. This is a project of the American Folk Life Center of the Library of Congress.

Melrose Park Memories

Melrose Park MemoriesVisit Melrose Park Memories, the Melrose Park Library's Historical Collection, where you can find archives, oral history, and photo galleries depicting Melrose Park's past. You can check out the devastation of the 1920 Palm Sunday tornado, view a book published in 1907 commemorating the towns 25th anniversary and see how the Winston Park subdivision was developed.

Death Index

Librarians of the Melrose Park Library are creating an online index to Death Notices which appear in the weekly local newspaper in Melrose Park, Illinois. This index begins with the issues published in October 1941. It will eventually index all Herald newspapers which are available in the Historical Center archives.