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Strengthening our Community Through Learning

Since 1891, our organization has focused on promoting learning and giving.  Supporting our 21st century community, we encourage social responsibility by providing charitable service, financial support to community not-for-profit organizations and college scholarships to Oak Park-River Forest high school graduates.  We promote life-long learning through dynamic, multi-cultural programs featuring music, art, literature, science and the social sciences.  Part of our mission is to make our facility and services available to other non-profits so they can also better serve the community. 

The charitable works of our organization are carried out by a community of volunteers who offer their time and talents to plan, organize and deliver results.  Membership in this group of enthusiastic, dedicated, hard-working and fun-loving people is open to all interested individuals who share goals with the charitable purpose of the organization.


Saving Our Steinways

Our two 87-year old Steinway grand pianos are in need of extensive repair; we've decided to rebuild them, one at a time.  This restoration will secure the future of musical programs while preserving the legacy of our founders. Click here for more information.


Welcome Jeanne Schultz Angel
Welcome to our new Executive Director, Jeanne Schultz Angel. Jeanne comes to us most recently from the Illinois Association of Museums where she served as their ED. She has worked in archaeology, history, museum administration, and nonprofit management. Her skill set includes nonprofit governance and administration, grant writing, and program management. She is a product of the Seminar for Historical Administration and an Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar for Illinois anti-slavery and Underground Railroad history.