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Puffer photographers partner with village on Historic Preservation Project

The Village of Downers Grove recently got help from Henry Puffer School on its Historic Preservation Project.

With the help of volunteers, the village is cataloging and photographing all properties of historic value in Downers Grove. The list includes historic properties, including those identified as historic by the Downers Grove Historical Society; identified and unconfirmed Sears homes; and properties surveyed by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

The Henry Puffer student council successfully partnered with the village several years ago to sell calendars and raise money for bicycle racks in the downtown area. So when they heard the village was seeking volunteers to assist with photographing properties, they reached out and offered their services.

“The student council members heard a presentation from the village this past fall regarding the importance of documenting and preserving the community, and they were just thrilled to be able to be a part of this project,” said Puffer second-grade teacher and student council sponsor Katie Hurckes.

Armed with cameras and a list of addresses from the village’s planning department, student volunteers headed out on three weekend days--two in April and one in May--to photograph properties in a specific area north of the train tracks, south of Chicago Avenue and between Belmont Road and Main Street.

In addition to taking pictures, the students also completed a form about each property.

“The Village is excited to have a group of our young citizens participating in an effort to help preserve a part of the community's history,” said Downers Grove Planning Manager Jeff O’Brien.

--Photos by Katie Hurckes

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