Well, after a nice trip to the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, we have all come to one conclusion.....we really need to have a resurrection of the Chicago POINT in Person groups. Previously there were three chapters, Uno, 8 and 27. All had come to a screeching halt. Why? People just get overwhelmed and are not able to carry on due to LIFE.
There is a new enthusiasm now. We will have a meeting to be held at the Oak Brook Heritage Center, maintained by the Oak Brook Historical Society. The building is the former Butler School, built in 1921. In it's heyday, it was thought to be the best school in the state. It also served as the community center for the residents of this area. Oak Brook itself did not become incorporated until 1958. The farming/dairy/horse breeding area was known by many names. Some called it Brush Hill. Others called it Fullersburg. And many thought of it as an extension of Downers Grove, Hinsdale and Elmhurst, which are all now neighboring towns and villages.
We are very fortunate to be able to meet in this old building which is undergoing renovations and restorations. Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, the POINT Uno group shall meet and provide coffee and donuts. We will talk about what interests us, how we wish to conduct meetings and what other locations will be of interest to the group for future meetings and activities.
There is already talk of having a November meeting at the Italian Cultural Center in Stone Park, where there are a couple of museums and a nice research library, in addition to beautiful grounds. The Center holds many festival-type events every year, including Christmas Cookie baking and Italian language classes for children and adults.
If you are of Italian descent, or you have an interest in Italian genealogy and history, please stop by our meeting on the 22nd of September, 2012. 10 a.m. sharp.
The address of the Oak Brook Heritage Center/Old Butler School is :
1112 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523
on the north side of the street, next to the Oak Brook Village Hall, at the intersection of Spring Road and Oak Brook Road.
Coffee and donuts, come one, come all.