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Posted on: March 26, 2018

Orland Park History Museum Debuts “Worship in Orland” Exhibit

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Explore the rich history of Orland Park’s houses of worship, dating back to the village’s early settlers in the mid-1800s, with the Village of Orland Park History Museum’s newest exhibit, “Worship in Orland.” 

The free exhibit will run until September, 2018 at the museum, located at 14415 Beacon Avenue. The Village of Orland Park History Museum is open Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m., and Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

“Guests will learn about Orland Park’s first churches, starting with the English Settlement Church and the Goodings Grove Church,” said Trustee Kathy Fenton, the village board liaison to the museum. “This is a great exhibit for anyone interested in learning about the churches of Orland Park’s earliest residents.”

“Worship in Orland” will also feature Orland Park churches in 2018, reflecting the different religions currently represented within the village. 

“Early settlers wanted to come here in search of new opportunities. Just because they moved and settled in a new area, that did not mean they had to leave their culture or faith behind,” said Sarah Stasukewicz, museum curator. “Early settlers worshipped together in their houses, and once the one-room schools were built, they began holding services in the schools. As the community grew, so did the need for a church building.” 

The young, but growing community was filled with European immigrants, mostly from England and Germany. The exhibit will explore the roots of the village’s early Lutheran Church, the Methodist Church Twin Towers, St. Michael Catholic Church and how the three were the primary places of worship in Orland Park until the village began to expand post WWII. 

“Guests will view various holy books, photos, and an original light fixture and ceiling tile from the Twin Towers – which opened in 1898,” Stasukewicz said. “We’ll also have attire displayed, as ‘Sunday best’ was a must for churchgoers. We’ll showcase an 1890s Victorian dress and an old suit jacket and top hat.”

To learn more about the exhibit or museum, contact the museum during business hours at (708) 873-1622.