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Collection Wish List
Naper Settlement tells the story of Naperville’s history from the 1830s through today. The Naperville Heritage Society is actively seeking the following items, used by Naperville residents, for its permanent collections: 
  • Toys of all kinds and from all eras: stuffed animals, dolls, building blocks, cars, trains, trucks, action figures, video games, roller skates, inline skates, skateboards, bicycles, Frisbees, yo-yos, Hula hoops, stilts, ice skates, sleds, jump ropes, wagons, fad toys
  • Items from Naperville video game arcades, bowling alleys, movie theaters, mini golf courses and local theater productions
  • Costumes, pictures, programs and other items related to dance, gymnastics and tumbling programs offered through Naperville schools and dance studios
  • Musical instruments and other items related to the Naperville Municipal Band, school bands and local garage bands
  • iPods, Walkmans, Discmans, record players and albums
  • Artwork by local artists, Naperville school art projects and items related to the Naperville Art League
  • Sports uniforms, equipment and memorabilia, including sports programs at Naperville schools, Naperville Park District, clubs and the YMCA
  • Hobby projects, including crafts, needlework, model building and photography
  • Trading cards, baseball cards, comic books and books
  • Scouting uniforms and other memorabilia from Naperville troops
  • Games, including jigsaw puzzles, board games, card games, jacks, marbles and dominoes
  • Products from popular radio broadcasts, television shows and films
  • Products and materials related to Naperville businesses, such as the Naperville Lounge Company (later known as Kroehler Manufacturing Company), Naperville Bag Company, Knoch Cigar Store, Stenger Brewery, etc.
  • Photographic items that document Naperville from its founding until present day
  • Objects and two-dimensional items related to sporting events, activities and sites in the town, such as baseball, basketball, Burlington Park, etc.
  • Copies of home movies documenting Naperville families during holiday and celebratory events, such as birthdays, baptisms and christenings, first communions, bar and bat mitzvahs, confirmations, graduations, etc.
  • Everyday garments and accessories worn by Napervillians, such as clothing of the middle- and working-class from Naperville's founding in 1831 up the present day
  • Materials related to political activity within the City of Naperville

If you have materials to donate please contact the Registrar at 630.548.1115.

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