Preservation Month

Discover History

National Historic Preservation Month, sponsored annually by the National Trust for Historic Preservation is designed to raise awareness about the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance our historic communities.

Library programs are co-sponsored by the City of Wheaton Historic Commission.

Colonel Robert R. McCormick: The Colonel of Cantigny
Monday, May 7 • 7 p.m. Register
This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cantigny, the first major U.S. offensive victory of WWI. The Battle of Cantigny was a defining moment in the life of local resident and iconic publisher of the Chicago Tribune, Colonel Robert R. McCormick. Jeffrey Anderson, Interpretation Manager at the Robert R. McCormick House located at Cantigny Park will share insights into the Colonel’s military service and its lasting impact on his life and legacy.

The County Seat War: Naperville vs. Wheaton
Thursday, May 17 • 7 p.m. Register
Very soon after 1500 DuPage citizens served in the Union army during the Civil War, the county was stricken by another north/south conflict right at home. For some years, the only important political question in DuPage was whether the county government would be in Naperville or Wheaton. Previous political affiliations and many friendships and affections were burnt up in the emotional intensity of this conflict. 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the dispute. The story involved riots and claims of rigged elections. Presented by Bob Shuster of the Billy Graham Center Archives of Wheaton College.

Cantigny Park Offers Free Parking to Wheaton residents
Friday, May 11 to Monday, May 21
Cantigny Park is waiving its parking fee for Wheaton residents. This is a $5 or $10 savings depending on when you visit. For free entry, just show proof of Wheaton residency at the entrance. A valid driver’s license is preferred. Museums, gardens and other attractions inside the park are always free admission. Enter Cantigny Park on Winfield Road, just south of Roosevelt Road. For more information, visit or call (630) 668-5161.