Research: Books & Pamphlets
Numerous books and pamphlets are available that highlight the history of Downers Grove.
Downers Grove 1832 to 1982. This 300-page book is the most comprehensive book about the history of Downers Grove. It was written by local historians, Montrew Dunham and Pauline Wandschneider, the founder of the Downers Grove Historical Society. This out-of-print book is now available online here. Bound copies are also available at the Downers Grove Public Library and the Downers Grove Museum. Occasionally, the society has limited used copies available for sale.\
What You Didn’t Know About Downers Grove and Didn’t Know Who to Ask. This 41-page booklet was written by local resident Bartle R Herrick. The book is now available online here. The book includes many pictures from the early years of Downers Grove. It is written in a conversational style with sections starting with “Did you know…” Copies are also available at the Downers Grove Public Library.
Downers Grove Revisited. This book by local historian Montrew Dunham is a follow-on to the original Downers Grove 1832 to 1982. This book provides updates on the village since the printing of the original book. The book also features numerous pictures from the Downers Grove Museum. This book is not available online.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour. This village-produced pamphlet features, 23 properties around downtown Downers Grove. The village has copies of this pamphlet available. This pamphlet is also available on the village website.
Walking/Driving Tour: Sears Catalog Houses. This village-produced pamphlet provides a walking tour of Sears Catalog houses around Downers Grove. The village has copies of this booklet available. This pamphlet is also available on the village website.