Naper Settlement Honors Kay Stephens

The late John and Kay Stephens helped found Naper Settlement and the Naperville Heritage Society nearly 50 years ago, dedicating themselves to preserving Naperville’s history and promoting its beauty.

To honor their legacy and the extensive work Kay did with the Weed Ladies, the Settlement revealed this plaque in front of the Weed Ladies Garden, now named the Kay L. Stephens Memorial Garden in her honor.

“Though I never personally met them, I feel that I know them because what they did is what you see here today. The vision of making this not just a park but truly a nationally accredited and recognized museum was what they worked for their entire lives,” said Naper Settlement’s President and CEO Macarena Tamayo-Calabrese.

This garden is maintained and cared for by the Weed Ladies.

On Naper Settlement grounds there is also a horse-chestnut tree dedicated to Kay, and a black hill spruce dedicated to John.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.

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