Books

A wide selection of books on the history, architecture and people of Oak Park and River Forest.
Suburban Promised Land: The Emerging Black Community in Oak Park, Illinois, 1880-1980

Suburban Promised Land: The Emerging Black Community in Oak Park, Illinois, 1880-1980

A century of stories about individuals, black and white, who fought for racial integration in Oak Park. Published by The Historical Society of OPRF & Soweto West Press, 2009. Softcover, 168 pages, b/w illustrations, map, ISBN 0-9667926-2-9. $22.75
 
Doris Humphrey: Oak Park's Daughter

Doris Humphrey: Oak Park's Daughter

This pamphlet includes biographical information and a walking tour of sites associated with this modern dance pioneer. Published by the Doris Humphrey Society, Oak Park, 1996. Softcover, 20 pages, b/w illustrations, map. $1.00
 
Ernest Hemingway: As Recalled by His Contemporaries

Ernest Hemingway: As Recalled by His Contemporaries

Edited by Ina Mae Schleden and Marion Rawls Herzog. Reminiscences of Hemingway at Oak Park and River Forest High School by friends and teachers. Published by The Historical Society of OPRF, 1973. Softcover, 47 pages, b/w illustrations. $6.50
 
The Noble Room: The Inspired Conception and Tumultuous Creation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple

The Noble Room: The Inspired Conception and Tumultuous Creation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple

By David M. Sokol. Completed in 1909, Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Unity Temple in Oak Park, is a landmark of modern architecture. Published by Top Five Books, Oak Park, 2008. Hardcover, 182 pages, b/w illustrations, ISBN 978-0-9789270-3-5. $20.00
 
The Woman Who Never Fails: Grace Wilbur Trout and Illinois Suffrage

The Woman Who Never Fails: Grace Wilbur Trout and Illinois Suffrage

By Carolyn O. Poplett and Mary Ann Porucznik. The story of Grace Wilbur Trout, famous suffragette who lived in Oak Park. Published by The Historical Society of OPRF, 2000. Softcover, 62 pages, b/w illustrations, ISBN 0-9667926-1-0. $10.00
 
Oak Park, Illinois:  Continuity and Change

Oak Park, Illinois: Continuity and Change

By David M. Sokol. An exploration of the way the Village has continuously adapted to a changing world. Published by Arcadia Publishing, Images of America Series, 2000. Softcover, 128 pages, b/w illustrations, ISBN 0-7385-0712-1. $20.00.
 
Nature's Choicest Spot:  A Guide to Forest Home and German Waldheim Cemeteries

Nature's Choicest Spot: A Guide to Forest Home and German Waldheim Cemeteries

By The Historical Society of OPRF. This guide tells the stories of this historically important burying ground. Published by The Historical Society of OPRF. Softcover, 62 pages, b/w illustrations, maps, ISBN 0-9667926-0-2. $10.00.
 
Yesterday:  A Historical View of Oak Park, Illinois. Prairie Days to World War I

Yesterday: A Historical View of Oak Park, Illinois. Prairie Days to World War I

By Jean Guarino. An early look into the history of Oak Park from Indians and pioneer settlers to an expanding village during the 1910s. Published by Oak Ridge Press, Oak Park, 2000. Hardcover, 184 pages, b/w illustrations, ISBN 0-9703661-0-8. $25.00
 
Oak Park in Vintage Post Cards

Oak Park in Vintage Post Cards

By Douglas Deuchler, who presents a fascinating glimpse into the dynamic development and history of Oak Park. Published by Arcadia Press, Postcard History Series, 2003. Softcover, 128 pages, b/w illustrations, ISBN 0-7385-3160-X. $20.00.
 
Legendary Locals of Oak Park

Legendary Locals of Oak Park

Written by Oak Park author Douglas Deuchler, this volume is a Who's Who of noteworthy Oak Park personalities. Published by Legendary Locals/Arcadia Publishing, 2013. Softcover, 125 pages, b/w illustrations. $20.00