Wilderness & Wildflower Walk
Saturday, April 28th

Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is supporting Founders Day this year and celebrating spring with guided a Wilderness & Wildflower Walk in Lyman Woods on Saturday, April 28th.  Volunteer Naturalist Lance Herning will lead a group of hikers departing at 1:00 PM from the Interpretive Center.  The group will be limited to about 18 participants and should expect to spend about 2 hours exploring the woods and fields of this high quality nature preserve.   After our recent uncertain weather, the trails may still be muddy in spots so that participants need to dress appropriately.  After the walk we will provide refreshments and opportunities for conversation.

Hepatica Red Trillum  Blue Bells 

You can register now to take part in this special exploration of Lyman Woods. Space is limited. Please reserve your place and make a suggested $25 donation to support educational activities of Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance. 

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Founders Day 2018 Activities

2018 Founders Day Logo

You can combine your Wilderness & Wildflower Walk with other activities exploring Downers Grove’s past, including walks, bike rides, and demonstrations.  Please click here to learn about this year's Downers Grove Founders Day activities.

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Upcoming Plant Sales:
A number of local organizations
are holding plant sales this spring.

Downers Grove Park District: Friday, April 27 starting around 9:30 AM, seedlings of bald cypress, white oak, red oak and American hazelnut are to be given away, free while they last, in the Recreation Center lobby, 4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove.  In addition, all kinds of information about trees will be available to take home, courtesy of the Chicago Regional Trees Initiative and the Morton arboretum.

Morton Arboretum Plant Sale: Arbor Day weekend, Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29, 2018.  Friday and Saturday this sale is open only to Arboretum members.  The general public must wait until Sunday to buy plants following their admission into the Arboretum.  Visit MortonArb.org/events/arbor-day-plant-sale, for detailed information about this event.

Downers Grove Organic Gardeners: Saturday, May 5, 9 AM to 1 PM at Hummer Park, 4833 Fairview Avenue, Downers Grove.  Please read the current Organic Gardeners Newsletter for a list of the vegetables, herbs, and native plants ordered for sale.

DuPage Forest Preserve Native Plant Sale: Friday, May 11, 11 AM to 7 PM and Saturday, May 12, 9 AM to 12 PM at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st Street in Oak Brook.  Visit DupageForest.org/native-plant-sale for more information about this event.

Downers Grove Village Native Tree and Shrub Sale: Order by Friday, June 1, with pickup at Public Works Open House, 2 to 6 PM on Thursday, June 7.  More information is available on the Village website at Downers.US/top-stories/2016/03/21/native-tree-and-shrub-sale.

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Historic Preservation Activities

The Village's historic preservation program was revised in 2015, contributing to an increased interest in landmarking homes and other historic structures.  Since then nineteen buildings have been granted local landmark status in Downers Grove – nine structures in 2016, another nine in 2017 and one more thus far this year.
Frank J. Gorman House
The Village Council unanimously approved landmark status for the Frank J. Gorman House, 1205 Franklin Street on March 13, 2018 at the request of Kenneth and Kay Hammer.  Please click here to learn about this Queen Anne home that was built circa 1895.

The Village Council unanimously approved lanCameron Housedmark status for the Cameron House, 4632 Main Street on December 12, 2017 at the request of Brian & Karen Beechler.  Please click here to learn about this Craftsman Bungalow home that was built circa 1922.

Century of Progress House
Also on December 12th the Village Council approved unanimously landmark status for the Century of Progress House built in 1936 at 1324 Maple Avenue. Please click here to read information provided by David & Joan Kresl about their Georgian style home.

Please click here to read about the presentation to Friends Of The Edwards House of the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Advocacy.

Please click here for a complete listing of the 21 buildings that have been granted local landmark status in Downers Grove.

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Mysteries of the Monarch

PDHAKen Lerner sponsored a free public presentation entitled Mysteries of the Monarch on October 19, 2017.  Ken Lerner, PDHA Chair, welcomed everyone and gave a brief description of our organization and its activities before he introduced our speaker. You can click here to see Ken's slide presentation.

Our speaker was Kim White, who participates in the DuPage Monarch Project and writes The Natural Naturalist blog.  Kim told us about the marvelous life cycle of Monarch Butterflies and about the DuPage Monarch Project's work to provide improved habitats for these extraordinary creatures throughout DuPage County.
Kim White Speaking at PDHA Meeting 10/19/2017
Kim has volunteered as a docent at Brookfield Zoo for 10 years, followed by 10 years as an employee in their Education Department teaching school groups. Later she worked as a tour guide for a pilgrimage company, taking people to Israel, Egypt, and Europe. After taking 4 years off to care for her beloved in-laws, she is now back to learning and teaching about the natural wonders of the world that can be found in our own backyards.

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Betty Cheever & Wally Brown Honored

Many organizations and individuals joined forces to honor Betty M. Cheever and Wallace H. (Wally) Brown with tribute benches in Lyman Woods Preserve. A celebration of Betty Cheever's and Wally Brown's community leadership took place on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Lyman Woods Interpretative Center.  Please click here to learn more about this event and the tribute benches honoring Wally Brown and Betty Cheever.

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Heritage Alliance Mission

Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of Downers Grove. In the past, we have maintained sharp focus on the natural heritage within our community. Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance has been instrumental in the preservation and protection of Lyman Woods, and Belmont Prairie, which continue as on-going projects.

We are now also committed to the preservation of  cultural aspects of Downers Grove, including its rich architectural heritage. We work to accomplish our mission through education as well as community outreach.

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Can you find this house in Downers Grove and why is it important?
(Click the image for the answer)



Last updated 4/24/2018 

Arbor Day Tree Planting

Friday, April 27, 2018

Between 1:00 & 2:00 PM,
Blodgett & Elmwood Park
5154 Blodgett Avenue,
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Wildflower Walk
Saturday, April 28, 2018

1:00 PM, Lyman Woods
Please click here to sign up:
 Register for Walk

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Village Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Meeting Agenda
7:00 PM, Council Chamber
Village Hall
801 Burlington Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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PDHA Meeting
Thursday, May 10, 2018

7:00 PM, Room 307,
Lincoln Center,
935 Maple Avenue,
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Highway Cleanup
Next Highland Avenue

Saturday, June 9, 2018
8:30 to 10:30 AM

If you would like to help us
keep Highland Avenue clean

please contact us at info@PDHA.org
to learn more about volunteering.

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Click here to read our
2017 Fall Newsletter

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Click here to read our
2017 Spring Newsletter

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Please consider
a charitable donation
to support
educational activities of
Pierce Downer's
Heritage Alliance.

Click here to request
more information about Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance.
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Click here to see
Ashley Wurth's slides
about Urban Coyotes
from our
2016 Annual Meeting.

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Click here to see Michael Lambert's slides on Historic Preservation in Geneva, IL
from our
2015 Annual Meeting.

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Click here to learn about beekeeping in Lyman Woods.

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The 1846 Blodgett House

An opportunity exists to restore the 1846 Blodgett House one of the Village's oldest houses reflecting our rich cultural heritage. PDHA supports such efforts to preserve valuable historic resources for future generations.

Click here to learn about the 1846 Blodgett House project.

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Click here to learn more about other local historic preservation activities in Downers Grove.

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Downers Grove Township's Monthly Electronic Recycling
Is Continuing in 2017

AVA E-Recycling is continuing again this year its electronics recycling program in cooperation with Downers Grove Township Highway Department.

Audio or video cassettes, as well as CD’s, are no longer accepted and all TV’s need to have a prepaid coupon from AVA. Please click here to learn more about the rules for recycling TV's.

The next event is scheduled for March 18th, and runs from 8 AM to 12 PM at the Highway Garage, 318 Quincy Street, Westmont IL 60559. Other events will follow on the third Saturday of each month at the same time and location, unless that date falls on a holiday weekend.
As always the events close promptly at noon and electronics can only be dropped off on event dates. Drop offs outside of designated hours are not allowed.
For further information, please call Downers Grove Township Highway Department at (630) 719-6625.