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Local History

Welcome To Woodridge

Welcome to the digital archives of Woodridge, hosted by the Woodridge Public Library. Here you'll find a timeline of the Village, some of our earliest newspapers, and historical photos of Woodridge. This is a work in progress and we'd love to hear what you think of it and what you'd like to see.

Many of the photos on our Flickr galleries and the timeline were donated to us by the Downers Grove Historical Society. These photos were originally in the Woodridge Progress. We're working on digitizing more and adding commentary on them.

The Library has a Local History collection that includes much of the information below and more. We hope you enjoy a trip through the history of Woodridge and that you learn more about our wonderful community!

Explore historical photos from the Village's history on Flickr in our Village History and Woodridge Through the Decades: 1970-1990 collections.

Read about Woodridge history through five of our early newspapers donated to the Library by community members. These papers predate the Woodridge Progress.

The Library has back issues of the Woodridge Progress in print and on microfilm. There is also the following limited online access from within the Library building.

WOODRIDGE PROGRESS NEWSPAPER (IN-LIBRARY ACCESS ONLY) Keyword searchable, online images of each page from the May 22, 1969 - December 28, 1978 issues of this local Woodridge newspaper. The project to digitize this newspaper was generously funded through the Friends of the Woodridge Public Library.

Also, be sure to visit the DuPage County Historical Society's online publication DuPage Roots. It includes a section about Woodridge.