Past Exhibits at West Chicago City Museum
April 2015 - May 2016
Sense of Place. The second exhibit at WCCM by international artist Diana Velasco. This photography project will involve the memories of the community of West Chicago in relation to local landmarks. Velasco was born and raised in Denmark by a Spanish father and a Danish mother. Her photographic work touches on the subjects of identity and relationships. She has studied both anthropology and communication. The traveling portions of this exhibit and artist-in-residency project are in collaboration with the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, and the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, Washington.
April 2015 - May 2016
Be Well: Dialogues of Health and Wellness Through History. In conjunction with the city-wide Healthy West Chicago initiative, we present a historical overview of concepts of health and wellness throughout West Chicago's 166-year past. Many can debate what makes a person healthy, but it is clear to see how much history can teach us and help us to critically think about what it means to "Be Well".
October 2014 - April 2015
25 Years of Telling Tales celebrates the 25th anniversary of Tales Tombstones Tell, the City Museum’s cemetery walk through the historic Oakwood Cemetery. Oakwood Cemetery was established in 1858 and tells the stories of many of West Chicago’s founding families as well as those who have immigrated to West Chicago over the years. The exhibit will focus on those families important to the story of Oakwood Cemetery, including the McConnells, who donated the land the cemetery is on, and those families who served on the various Oakwood Cemetery committees such as the Haywards and Hills, among many more. The exhibit will include histories of all three West Chicago cemeteries.
September - November 2014
1/2—Two Nationalities showcases the photographs of international artist Diana Velasco. The exhibit consists of eight photographs of persons who hold dual citizenship with Denmark and another country. The second part of the exhibit is a series of photographs, which she has digitally manipulated, that relate to the family history of Velasco. Velasco was born and raised in Denmark by a Spanish father and a Danish mother. Her photographic work touches on the subjects of identity and relationships. She has studied both anthropology and communication. The traveling portions of this exhibit and artist-in-residency project are in collaboration with the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, IA and the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, WA.
September - October 2014
Out of the Woods. On July 1st 2012 a large and powerful storm passed through the west suburbs of Chicago, leaving behind a large amount of destruction. Reed Keppler Park, located in West Chicago, was the first and one of the hardest hit. Nearly 200 trees were lost, making up approximately 1/3 of the tree population. Most of these trees were red and white oak and over 100 years old. Local resident Ron Meyers, a woodworker and sawmill owner/operator, contacted the park district the day after the storm, convincing them to save any usable wood for consideration to be used in design efforts to revive the now devastated park. Together, Ron and architect Jeff Perkis have been heading up the design efforts with students from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
IIT architecture professor Paul Pettigrew’s Architecture & Furniture classes, have designed and fabricated rings, tables, benches, lamps and more using wood from the damaged trees from this storm. Many of these objects are on display at WCCM. Architecture students of IIT and community members from West Chicago hope to demonstrate to visitors that although the trees of Reed Keppler Park are gone, their ability to contribute to the community is very much alive and well.