Flashback Fridays

Have you ever wondered where does Naper Settlement keep everything it collects? Well, you’re not alone.

That’s why the group is pulling back the curtain on their archives and sharing it with you, the residents.

All for their newest summer program, Flashback Friday – Meet the Curator, held at their Collections Care and Storage Facility, on Fort Hill Drive.

“Each flashback Friday has a theme and a topic,” said Bryan Ogg, Curator of Research, Naper Settlement. “So we’ll be discussing an area of the collection, but they will have the opportunity to see all 23,000 square feet of our material.”

Just how many artifacts fill those 23,000 square feet?

“I believe it’s over 52,000 pieces, including things as large as grain wagons and things as small as the head of a pin,” said Ogg.

The settlement hopes to share the collections so residents can learn more about what they do to preserve Naperville’s history.

“People’s eyes get really wide when they see just how large the space is, and how many chairs we actually do have. There’s a lot of history here and I think people really appreciate that,” said Ogg.

The next Flashback Friday on June 6, will cover 19th and 20th century wedding dresses and accessories. For more information, visit napersettlement.org.

The Flashback Friday program will continue throughout the summer every first Friday of the month, with the exception of July 4.


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