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    • Harold Brown

    • Suburbs--United States--History; Real estate development--United States--History; Suburban homes--United States--History; Suburban life--United States--History; Park Forest (Il.)--History; School integration--Illinois
    • History of Park Forest, Illinois, a post-World War II planned community.
      Harold Brown came to Park Forest in 1955. He became a community leader, serving on the school boards of District 163 and 227. Later than this oral history interview, he...
    • Blaine (Bud) Osterling

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--City planning; Park Forest--Officials and employees; Park Forest--Housing
    • Blaine "Bud" Osterling explains the community planning and development of Park Forest. Also talks about various buildings such as schools, townhouses, and single-family housing.
    • Elaine Garretson

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Drama
    • Elaine Garretson came to Park Forest in November 1949 with her husband, James, and 4 small children. They later had a fifth child. When she did this interview in 1980, they still lived in the townhouse they rented in the beginning.
      In her oral...
    • Judge Henry X. Dietch

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Officials and employees; Park Forest--Government; Park Forest--Integration; Park Forest--Village Presidents
    • Henry Dietch came to the village in February, 1949 with his wife Shirley. He was in attendance at the tent meeting in November 1948. Judge Dietch served as the second village president from October 10, 1950 until April 26, 1955. He later served as...
    • Larry Clark

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Integration; Park Forest--Schools
    • Larry Clark was the first African-American to purchase and build a house in the village of Park Forest. His home was in the new Lincolnwood Subdivision, at 205 N. Orchard. The house was built in 1965. He grew up in East Chicago Heights, and chose...
    • Leona DeLue

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Schools; Integration--Illinois--Park Forest; National Council of Jewish Women
    • Leona DeLue, her husband Ross, and their five year-old daughter, Mary, were one of the first three families to move in to Park Forest in August 1948. Because the DeLues were the only one of the three families to remain in Park Forest, they were...
    • Rabbi Minard Klein

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Religion; Park Forest--Synagogues
    • Rabbi Minard Klein served Temple Beth Sholom, beginning in 1959. In his oral history transcript he discusses his selection as Rabbi, describes the Temple and the village in 1959, transiency of tenants, the lack of an older generation in the early...
    • Philip M. Klutznick

    • Park Forest (Ill.)--History; Park Forest (Ill.)--Officials and employees; City planning--United States--Illinois; Planned communities--United States--Illinois
    • Mr. Klutznick, one of the developers, discusses the history of Park Forest, Illinois, a post-World War II planned community built by American Community Builders beginning in 1946.
    • Richard Bennett

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Architecture
    • Richard Bennett of Loebl, Schlossman and Bennett, architects for Park Forest, discusses the planning and design of the village, shopping center, churches he designed, school designs, street design, his relationship with Philip Klutznick and the...
    • Ross DeLue

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Schools
    • Ross DeLue, his wife Leona and their five year-old daughter, Mary, were one of the first three families to move in to Park Forest in August 1948. Because the DeLues were the only one of the three families to remain in Park Forest, they were often...
    • Anthony Scariano, Sr.

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Integration; Park Forest--Politics and government; Park Forest--Schools--Integration
    • Anthony "Tony" Scariano, Sr. was a resident of Park Forest by October 1948. He was the lawyer who represented the people who sold to the first African-American family to move in to Park Forest in 1959. He spent a term as a State Representative. He...
    • J. Ron McLeod

    • Park Forest, (Ill.)--History; Park Forest, (Ill.)--Politics and Government; Park Forest, (Ill.)--Politics and Government--Philosophy; Park Forest, (Ill.)--Social Life and Customs--20th Century; Suburbs--United States--Illinois--20th Century;...
    • J. Ron McLeod moved to Park Forest, Illinois in 1950. This interview was done in 2000, just before his 80th birthday. Ron and his first wife originally lived in two different townhouses, in the original rental area. Later, they bought a house on...
    • Bernard G. Cunningham

    • Park Forest (Ill.)--History
    • Bernard G. Cunningham moved to Park Forest with his wife Florence in 1951. He quickly became involved in Park Forest politics. He served as Village President from April 1961 to April 1971.
      In Part 1 of his oral history he explains why he came to...
    • Carroll F. Sweet, Jr.

    • Park Forest (Ill.)--History
    • Carroll F. Sweet, Jr. was the son of the man who had the idea for the G. I. town, for returning veterans after World War II. Carroll F. Sweet, Sr. brought together Nathan Manilow and Philip Klutznick to build Park Forest, Illinois. Carroll F....

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