We offer a rich local history collection assembled by the award-winning Linda Stengele. Among our treasures listed below, you can even find fun facts about the early days of the library:

    ● In January 1936, the Village appointed a Library Board and accepted a $65 donation from        the Norge Ski Club.
     ● Our first librarian, Miss Graves, came to the library thanks to the WPA, and she                       catalogued the library's 300 books.
     ● By 1951, the library held 2200 books and was open weekdays 3:30-4:30pm for children,           and 7:30-8:30pm Thursdays for all others.

Fox River Grove materials:
● Library scrapbooks: 1954- early 2000's
● Community/historical scrapbooks: 1942- early 2000's
● School photos binder
● "Village of Fox River Grove officials" binder
● Lists of gifts/memorials given to the library: 1955-2003
● Balloonport binder
● Train station & village redevelopment binder
● Binders on Fox River Grove residents, businesses, and telephone books
● Norge Ski Club binders: 1905-present
● Czechoslovakian Newsletters
● Binders on Fox River Grove Friends of the Library

● Binders on the Fox River Grove Lions Club
● VHS tapes about Village history
● Historical photographs

● Other items dating as far back as 1834


We also have historical information on Algonquin Township, Cary, Chicago, Huntley, Nunda Township, and several items on McHenry County, including:
● Cemeteries and obituaries: Cary, McHenry County, and Nunda & Algonquin townships
● IL Turner camp binder
● Biographical index to McHenry County
● McHenry county marriages: 1837-1899
● Books about McHenry county: 1832-1968, 1995

Collection Contents

Local History Collection