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New exhibit, special events at Museums at Lisle Station Park

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By Rachel Staats
Lisle Park District

The Museums at Lisle Station Park is opening a new exhibit titled "Sustaining Lisle's Heritage: The Story of Lisle's Incorporation," featuring the history of Lisle.

The display incorporates archived photographs and newspaper articles to illustrate Lisle's incorporation, municipal government and suburbanization dating back to 1832. The exhibit opens from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 5, at 921 School St., Lisle.

Also new is a virtual version of the "Lisle Veterans" exhibit. This online exhibit is dedicated to the men and women of Lisle who served in the armed forces in World War II. Those familiar with this exhibit on display in the Depot will find that it has successfully made the leap from print to an interactive web-based display. Visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museum for online viewing.

In addition, the "Women of Lisle" exhibit, which debuted in 2009, also has been converted to an online virtual exhibit. This eight-panel display features the history of prominent women in the village's past and also can be viewed at LisleParkDistrict.org/museum.

On Thursday, July 4, the Museums at Lisle Station Park will open following the Fourth of July Parade. Tour the grounds and see the working Blacksmith Shop until 1:30 p.m. The Lisle Heritage Society also will sponsor a community ice cream social.

Then tour the Netzley/Yender House, make a traditional Nettie Doll, and learn the history behind the historic 19th century toy from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20. The program is for ages 6 and up. The cost is $3 for Lisle residents, $5 for others. Registration is due by Thursday, July 18.

The museum will offer a free showing of the movie "National Treasure" beginning at dusk on Thursday, Aug. 8. The public is welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.

Later this summer, gather around the campfire for "Ghost Stories in the Depot with Diane Ladley" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Ladley, author of several books about local ghosts, will tell stories of hauntings occurring in the surrounding communities in the historic Depot baggage room.

Museums at Lisle Station Park gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the heritage and culture of 19th century Lisle. Settled in 1832, the agricultural community's life soon revolved around the railroad depot and the area became known as Lisle Station. The buildings that make up the museum complex include the Depot, Netzley/Yender farmhouse, Beaubien Tavern, CB&Q Waycar #14584, and a working blacksmith's shop.

The museum complex is open 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Labor Day. Tours may be scheduled year-round by appointment. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For information, contact (630) 968-0499 or www.LisleParkDistrict.org/museum.

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