Plainfield Historical Society Museum

history1Have you ever wondered what life was like in the 1830′s in Plainfield or why  Plainfield’s  has the nick name “The Mother of Chicago”?  Did you know that Plainfield is claimed to be the home of the first ice cream sundae?

According the Village of Plainfield website: Plainfield is also claimed to be the home of the very first ice cream sundae.  Story says that a Plainfield druggist created the novelty after the urgings of patrons to serve something different.  Topping some ice cream with syrup, he named it the “sonntag” after his surname.  Sonntag means Sunday in German, thus the ice cream sundae was born.You can learn all about our fine town by visiting the Plainfield Historical Society Museum.  Stop on by and browse through thousands of Plainfield artifacts including photos, arrowheads, old farm equipment, vintage clothing, school memorabilia and much, much more.

New exhibits feature Electric Park, “the Ideal Summer Resort” as well as what happened at Electric Park “After the Gates Closed” in 1923. A tribute to barbering in Plainfield shows interesting artifacts as well as highlights two long time barbering families: Kelly and Worst. The World War I and II exhibit tells stories of Ira Jones, Fred Martens and Herschel Peterson. ”Take Me Out to the Ballgame” tells the significant role community baseball has played through the years.

The museum is open from 1-4 on Saturdays and by appointment.For more information:815-436-4073

Plainfield Historical Museum
23836 W Main St
Plainfield, IL 60544

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