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Norwood Park Historical Society

Mission

The Norwood Park Historical Society serves to be a leader in the community by: • Preserving the oldest house in Chicago to serve as a community resource. • Participating actively in community affairs in order to advocate for the preservation of the unique character of the Norwood Park community, including its historic architecture, open spaces and streetscapes. • Developing and maintaining a museum and historical archives related to Norwood Park, including its national register district. • Educating, informing and building awareness of the part each of us plays in the evolving history of our families, community, nation and world. • Serving as a resource for those seeking historical information about the community, its people, homes, businesses and institutions, as well as offering guidance

Ruling year info

1987

President

Judith McIntyre

Main address

5624 N Newark Ave

Chicago, IL 60631 USA

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EIN

36-3270972

NTEE code info

Historical Societies & Historic Preservation (A82)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission statement provides the overall list: -Preserving the oldest house in Chicago to serve as a community resource. -Participating actively in community affairs in order to advocate for the preservation of the unique character of the Norwood Park community, including its historic architecture, open spaces and streetscapes. -Peveloping and maintaining a museum and historical archives related to Norwood Park, including its national register district. -Educating, informing, and building awareness of the part each of us plays in the evolving history of our families, community, nation and world. -Serving as a resource for those seeking historical information about the community, its people, homes, businesses, and institutions, as well as offering guidance in issues of historical preservation and restoration. For the period 2023-2024, we identified eleven goals, ranked by priority. They are listed in the nect section.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Archives

Manage an archive of documents, photographs, and artifacts about the history of Norwood Park and the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Seniors
Young adults
Adolescents
Children

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of new organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 was -42 a loss. Could not type this in.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Executive Committee, at its August 2023 meeting, ranked eleven goals for focus in the 2023-2024 period.

HIGH

1. Encourage public engagement and instill an appreciation of Norwood Parks past through exhibits, programs, social media, activities, and events for all residents.

2. Attract volunteers.

3. Increase attendance at general meetings, including programs that present historical topics.

4. Provide sound stewardship of our collections and our property.

5. Remove barriers, e.g. physical and visual, in accessing the Museums content and programming.

MEDIUM

1. Increase public awareness that the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House is Chicagos oldest house.

2. Partner with community residents and organizations to seek, acknowledge and share the history of Norwood Park.


RECURRING

1. Add new members.

2. Increase engagement and retention of existing members.

3. Collect, research, preserve and exhibit artifacts and records that illustrate the history of Norwood Park.

4. Operate the Norwood Park Historical Society in a revenue generating, self-sustaining manner and in achieving its fundraising goals.

Our list of goals are detailed and specific. They include our overall strategies.

A new President in 2023 has energized our organization to work harder toward goals and, in particular, engage younger members and volunteers. We have over 30 engaged volunteers. In 2023, the report below shows the result of a much higher level of engagement compared to prior years.

We also have enabling technology such as a members' site on our website, and board of directors' site, and the committee chair site. These sites have linkages to real time data in our main database that are accessible to leadership.

In 2023, we produced a video, "Saving Chicago's Oldest House" that is increasing community awareness of our organization, our mission, and the story behind how we saved Chicago's Oldest.

HIGH PRIORITY GOALS
1. Encourage public engagement. In 2023, we have presented a record number of speaker programs, with record-setting attendance.
2. Attract volunteers. Resurrection High School students helped with the Craft Show for the first time. We trained four new docents. We oriented a new volunteer to work in the archives.
3. Meeting attendance at two 2023 speaker programs set records.
4. Provide sound stewardship of our collections and our property. A mid-summer landscaping project reduced back yard flooding. A separate line item for museum funding was added to the 2024 budget.
5.Remove barriers in accessing the Museums content and programming. We recently started using closed captioning in our new videos for the hearing-impaired. As well, our flagship video, Saving Chicago's Oldest House, and the pictures in the Noble room, are being interpreted audially for the sight-impaired.
MEDIUM PRIORITY GOALS
6. Increase the awareness that the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House is Chicago's oldest house. The new video Saving Chicago's Oldest House, now in early release, reinforces our case about the pre-eminence of the House as Chicago's Oldest. It is shown to visitors as Welcome to Chicago's Oldest House and supports our case that we have Chicago's Oldest House. State Representative Brad Stevens introduced a resolution in the State House acknowledging the oldest existing house in Chicago and stating RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED THIRD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we congratulate the Norwood Park Historical Society on 50 years of establishment.
7.Partner with community residents and organizations to seek, acknowledge and share history. Our community partnership activities were at an all-time high in 2023. We have had active collaboration with our local library, the Roden Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The November 16th speaker program on Sears Homes: The Mail Order House Phenomenon was a joint presentation with a filled room.
RECURRING GOALS
8.Add new members. In 2023 we added 101 new memberships (individual, family & business) resulting in 124 new members. This exceeded our goal of 100 new members.
11. Operate the Norwood Park Historical Society in a revenue generating, self-sustaining, manner, achieving its fundraising goals. The 2024 budget was created and passed by the Board as a balanced, conservative, budget with realistic allowances for needed capital expenses, such as a new roof. It benefited from increased revenue from rentals and 2023 successful fundraising. It was the first budget with museum funding.

Financials

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Operations

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Norwood Park Historical Society

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Judith McIntyre

Norwood Park Historical Society

Term: 2023 - 2024

Harris Miller

Norwood Park Historical Society

Keith Engelmann

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Deborah Stein

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Carmine Fantasia

Norwood Park Historical Society

John Kwasinski

Norwood Park Historical Society

Arthur Krumrey

Norwood Park Historical Society

William Iacullo

Norwood Park Historical Society

Judith McIntyre

Norwood Park Historical Society

Laura Banash

Norwood Park Historical Society

Anna Durkin

Norwood Park Historical Society

Stan Banash

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Judy Rustemeyer

Norwood Park Historical Society

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

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Disability