"America on the Move" is an exhibit at the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. To visit the online exhibit click here. The curators chose Park Forest as one of the models of city to suburb transportation in the mid-Twentieth century. The Park Forest Local History Collection and Archive were consulted via the Internet and through requests to the Archivist, Jane Nicoll.
The Park Forest portion of the exhibit displays a number of photographs from the Park Forest Archive. The central image in the display is a color newspaper ad which existed in only two copies in our collection. Also on display is a document written by then Village Manager John Scott, and then Village President Robert A Dinerstein. It is a memo written to Village of Park Forest employees in the summer of 1959 on how to handle the move-in of the first Negro family--when and if it happened. In reaction to racial unrest surrounding the integration of suburbs around the country, Park Forest's leaders wanted to insure the safe and peaceful reception of the first African American family, when one moved in. Another panel tells the story of Park Forest residents, Leonard and Yvonne Robinson, whose story was told by Jack Star in Look Magazine in 1965?