Brookfield will put a cap on its year-long observance of the village’s 125th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 3, with a special Brookfield Founder’s Day Celebration on the grounds of the historic Grossdale Station, 8820½ Brookfield Ave.
The event, which will run from noon to 3 p.m. will kick off with remarks from Village President and Brookfield Historical Society Director Kit Ketchmark, followed at 12:30 p.m. by a grand re-opening and tours of the museum.
Brookfield’s 1924 Ahrens-Fox fire truck will be on display outside, and there will be live entertainment courtesy of the West End Jazz Band, refreshments and a banner displaying historic photos of the village.
In addition, those wishing to participate in an oral history project can head over to the lower level of the Brookfield Village Hall to be interviewed.
More information can be found at www.brookfieldil.gov/125.
And for those who still would like to browse images of Brookfield history at their leisure, the Brookfield Public Library’s photo digitization effort has now resulted in more than 850 images and documents being archived.
That effort began earlier this year in response to the Brookfield Historical Museum’s call for volunteers as the village entered its 125th year. The archive can be found online here.