Pullman State Historic Site

Pullman State Historic Site Pullman State Historic Site showcases the many aspects of George Pullman, the Pullman Company, and the historic Pullman neighborhood from the 1800s-today.
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Fifteen miles south of the Chicago loop, at the center of the historic planned industrial Pullman community, Pullman State Historic Site uses historic structures and public programs to showcase 19th and 20th Century industrial society. The signature Clock Tower Administration Building and Assembly Shops and the grand four story Hotel Florence give evidence to the national and international influences of Pullman on transportation, industrial design, architecture, labor, urban and town planning and landscape design. The historic factory and hotel buildings long ago outlived their original purposes. The State of Illinois purchased the site in 1991 to memorialize an economic, political, and social giant of the industrial age. Today, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, an agency of the State of Illinois, administers the site's transformation through a multi-phase restoration effort. Public programs at Pullman State Historic Site serve broad local, regional, national, and international audiences with tours, lectures, seminars, special events, field schools, archives, and online resources that appeal to both children and adults. The Pullman State Historic Site has an on-site reading room, the Bertha Ludlam Library. It is named after the librarian who built the Pullman Library into a useful community resource. Aside from special events, hours at the site are by appointment only. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment at (773) 660-2341.

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Thank you to everyone for helping the PSHS page reach over 800 likes! Your continued support and efforts have been inval...
04/26/2018
Pullman State Historic Site

Thank you to everyone for helping the PSHS page reach over 800 likes! Your continued support and efforts have been invaluable to the continued success of the PSHS!

Pullman State Historic Site showcases the many aspects of George Pullman, the Pullman Company, and the historic Pullman neighborhood from the 1800s-today.

04/26/2018

Thank you for helping the PSHS page reach over 800 likes! Your continued support is very much appreciated!

04/11/2018
Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Five Great Ways to Celebrate National Park Week at Your Neighborhood National Park - Pullman National Monument - April 19 - 28, 2018

April 15– Sunday 2-5pm “Randolph’s Dream In Motion” Community Bike Ride
Celebrate A. Philip Randolph'sBirthday at the spring community bike ride on Sunday that will start and end at the museum (free).
Return on Thursday, April 19th (between 11 and 4pm) when the museum officially reopens for the season. Location: National A.
Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum; 104th St. (Corliss and Maryland Ave); $. Call 773/850-8580 for information.

April 21 – Saturday 3 - 5pm “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution” Film Screening
James Redford’s film was sparked by his curiosity about the state of renewable energy in America. Follow his journey across the country and what he discovered. In partnership with the One Earth Film Festival, Historic Pullman Foundation and NPS. Location: Shared Visitor Information Center 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Free, but reservations are required due to limited seating at https:// www.oneearthfilmfest.org/earth-day-2018/

April 22 – Sunday 3 - 5pm “Jens Jensen: The Living Green” Film Screening and Director’s Talk
Chicagoan Jens Jensen changed the conversation about conservation, sharing his passion about native plants and green spaces for everyone. See the film this Earth Day and talk with the director, Cary Lundin, afterwards. In partnership with Historic Pullman Garden Club, Historic Pullman Foundation, and NPS. Free, but reservations required due to limited seating https://goo.gl/MMyw5o.

April 24 – Tuesday 6 – 7:30pm “Meet a National Park Super fan, David Kroese”
Super fan David Kroese had a 20-month adventure touring nearly 400 National Parks in 50 states that started with the 2016 Park Service Centennial. His stunning pin collection on display is just a hint of the adventures and people he encountered on his quest. Join David and his wife to hear the secret he learned about the NPS on his journey. Location: Visitor Information Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave, Free.

April 28 – Saturday 2 – 3pm “Celebrating Florence Lowden Miller”
Florence Lowden Miller, granddaughter of George M. Pullman, was a longtime advocate of preserving the town of Pullman. The
Historic Pullman Center will be dedicated in memory of her many contributions and her stewardship of cultural and natural
resources. Location: Historic Pullman Center - 614 E 113th St. Free. Call 773/785-8901 for information.

Today the Chicago Park District is at the Pullman State Historic Site, moving these Acme Steel items owned by the Calume...
04/10/2018

Today the Chicago Park District is at the Pullman State Historic Site, moving these Acme Steel items owned by the Calumet Heritage Partnership to their new home at Steelworkers Park!

04/09/2018
Thomas Dunbar House

Thomas Dunbar House

Visitors often ask about the interior and original features of the Thomas Dunbar House and how we selected some of the finishes. One source of guidance was an article written by Mrs. Duane Doty in 1893 included in a publication used for the Columbian Exposition titled "The Town of Pullman". In the book she describes (page 106) features of single family houses in Pullman. With particular respect to the Executive houses she states: " On the boulevard, east of the hotel, there are seven very handsome houses. They are all heated by steam, in addition to having every other modern convenience. Entering one of these houses you see a stairway of cherry and all casings and woodwork finished in the natural color of the wood. At the right you enter a spacious double parlor, back of which is a large dining room, and back of this a conveniently arranged kitchen. Four good pantries and china closets are found in the dining room and kitchen. The house contains a laundry, with three stationery washtubs supply with hot and cold water. The basement and cellar contain shelves, cupboards, etc., and one room contains the steam coils for warming the building. The windows are all supplied with Venetian blinds. On the second floor there is a large front alcove room and two large bedrooms in the rear, with a bathroom. The third story has three commodious sleeping rooms. Near the ceiling, in all the rooms, we find moldings on which to hang pictures. The walls are either papered or painted, and the ceiling are tinted in different colors. The grounds are terraced and planted with flowers and shrubbery. There is an ample back yard with a wood shed at the rear, the yard being well and tastefully fenced. The front yards are not fenced, but left open so as to give the streets the appearance of parks. Bay windows overlook the lake and give a view of the whole length of the boulevard."

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service
04/08/2018

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Love National Parks? Then you don't want to miss super fan David Kroese's talk at Pullman National Monument during National Park Week on Tuesday April 24 from 6-7:30. David had a 20-month adventure touring nearly 400 National Parks in 50 states that started with the 2016 Park Service Centennial. His stunning pin collection on display is just a hint of the adventures and people he encountered on his quest. Join David and his wife, who traveled with him to some locations, to hear the secret he learned about the NPS. Location: Visitor Information Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave, Free.

National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
03/29/2018

National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

Take your students on a group visit to our museum! You’ll receive a video presentation and be able to view pictures and historical facts about African-Americans. Visit https://aprpullmanportermuseum.org/group-reservation-form/ to make a reservation.

National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
03/20/2018

National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

During a time of inequality, Randolph redefined labor, democracy, and society for African-American people! Check out https://aprpullmanportermuseum.org/about-museum for further information.

National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
03/20/2018

National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

Although Illinois State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford became ill and was not able to personally receive his Gentle Warrior Award at our Annual gala, he was delighted to finally visit the Museum to get it all while doing the work to help build our institution. We are very proud and honored to have the support of such an amazing public servant. #HistoryInTheMaking #GentleWarriorAwards2018 #BlackHistory365 #BlackLaborHistory #UnionHistory #CivilRightsHistory #PhiBetaSigma @ National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

Please join us for our Pullman Factory Tours the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, May-October, at 11:30am. The tours ar...
03/13/2018

Please join us for our Pullman Factory Tours the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, May-October, at 11:30am.

The tours are co-hosted by the Pullman State Historic Site and the Pullman National Monument.

We hope to see you there!

Mosnart - visiting artist project
03/13/2018

Mosnart - visiting artist project

Take your own self-guided Labor Tour of Pullman! We invite you to explore Pullman from a Labor perspective. Just message Mosnart - visiting artist project to borrow a copy of the Illinois Labor History Society’s “Touring Pullman Guide” by William Adelman to start your journey.

Within two blocks you can walk to where national labor leader Eugene V. Debs talked with strikers and later said “The paternalism of Pullman is the same as the self-interest of a slave-holder in his human battles. You are striking to avert slavery and degradation” … just around the corner is the house where activist and labor leader Jennie Curtis and her father lived, with descriptions of the working conditions that Jennie describes as “tyrannical and abusive treatment” of workers… Just up the block is the Greenstone Church where Pullman’s labor battles took to the pulpit during the strike with Rev. Oggel’s sermon praising Pullman, and then how Rev. Carwardine won the love and respect of the people of Pullman by peaching a rather different view of George Pullman at another location in Pullman. The booklet includes over 50 sites with detailed descriptions, both south / north of the factory in and around Pullman. Cost: free (borrow one of our copies for the day or you can buy your own for $10 from the ILHS). Also included is an invitation to the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum (a must see when touring Pullman!)

This book loan is part of this years focus on visions, utopias and the question “what would a contemporary model town be today?”

Historic Pullman Foundation
03/13/2018

Historic Pullman Foundation

Friends of Pullman National Monument and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will be "wearin the green" for Saturday's Official Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade will be televised on ABC7 live from 12:00-2:00pm look for us at position #86 - watch for the INDU fire truck and our "float"

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
03/06/2018

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

The new #IllinoisStatehood stamp has been unveiled at the Lincoln Presidential Library. #IL200 #IllinoisProud

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service
03/01/2018

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Pullman National Monument, the National Park Service's Midwest Archeological Center, and Michigan Technological University are pleased to announce the publication of the first baseline document for the Monument. The document is an Archeological Overview and Assessment of the Monument focusing on the administration complex and factory grounds. This document provides a historic look at the factory as it developed and give insight into what physical remains may be intact from the George Pullman era (c. 1880-1897). Michigan Tech has now embarked on a Historic Resource Study that considers the broader historical context and themes that relate to the history of industrial innovation, labor relations, and civil rights movement connected to Pullman National Monument. The document is available online at:
https://www.nps.gov/Mwac/publications/pdf/Technical_Report_142.pdf

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service
02/21/2018

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Pullman National Monument celebrates Engineers Week by recognizing the efforts of civil engineer Benezette Williams (1844-1914) born in West Liberty, Ohio. Williams was a member of the design team hired by George Pullman to prepare a comprehensive plan to build his factory town. The town's designers combined high design standards and the best current technology to create a beautiful and efficient place in which to work, live and prosper. Construction started in mid-1880.

His first major design project was the construction of the water and sewer system for the town. Because of the flat terrain resulting in the need to pump the sewage, a system separating sewage from stormwater (rather than a combined system) was developed. Since Lake Calumet had no adequate means of purifying itself and Lake Michigan was 6 1/2 miles away, the only practicable alternative for disposal was land purification.

After collecting into a 200,000 gallon sewage reservoir at the base of the water tower, the sewage was conveyed to a farm by a 20 inch cast iron main, nearly 3 miles long. It was believed that the farm could be made to pay expenses, making the scheme of land purification considerably cheaper than lake disposal (to say nothing of the objection to further contamination of a body of water that in places was already overcharged with filth). The tank and valve system in the attached drawing was designed to control the pressure, making it possible to distribute sewage safely through clay sewage pipes under pressure.

The success of the design work won him national acclaim. Following his success in Pullman, he was appointed to the Chicago Drainage and Water Supply Commission in 1886 and served as Chief Engineer of the Chicago Sanitary District (1892-1893). Among his major private projects was the design of the sewer and water systems in St. Louis, Seattle and a number of smaller cities, and did important work for the New York Interurban Water Company and the Suburban Company of Philadelphia.

We would like to recognize Chuck Gregersen, who it has been suggested is responsible for the great water tower drawing.

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service
02/20/2018

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

National Engineers Week, founded in 1951, coincides with the birthday of President George Washington -- America's first engineer.
This Engineers Week, Pullman National Monument would like to recognize the accomplishments of all engineers, including engineer and industrialist, George Pullman. He designed and manufactured the Pullman sleeping car and founded a company town, Pullman, for the workers who manufactured it. Pullman developed his first railroad sleeping car, the Pullman sleeper or "palace car" in 1864, designed after the packet boats that traveled the Erie Canal of his youth.

Historic Pullman Foundation
02/15/2018

Historic Pullman Foundation

We survived the snow, the parking lot has been cleared... and we're ready for you to visit the Pullman National Monument District Visitor Information Center. Regular hours have resumed at the Visitor Center, Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Call to schedule tours 773-785-8901 or for information.

Historic Pullman Garden Club
02/07/2018

Historic Pullman Garden Club

A reminder that tonight is our February meeting, which is our annual membership drive potluck dinner at 6:30pm at 614 E 113th St. Please bring a dish to share, and we'll provide the entrée and beverages (coffee, water, lemonade). Those who renew their membership will receive an entry into a door prize raffle, plus there will be a mini plant sale ($1 houseplants, so bring a couple singles).

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a delicious dinner and warm conversation, so please bring a neighbor or two!

Bon Appetite 🍴

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service
02/05/2018

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Job Opportunities at Pullman National Monument!

Pullman National Monument tells rich, layered stories of American opportunity and discrimination, industrial engineering, corporate power and factory workers, new immigrants to this country and formerly enslaved people and their descendants, strikes and collective bargaining.

If you would like to be part of telling and interpreting these rich stories, we have temporary job announcements open for GS 5 & 7 Park Rangers (Interpretative) at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/490426200. But don't wait; announcements close on February 16.

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11111 S Forrestville Ave
Chicago, IL
60628

Metra Electric (ME) Station: 111th Street (Pullman)

General information

The Hotel Florence at the Pullman State Historic Site is currently undergoing renovation and closed for tours. Factory tours are officiated by the Pullman National Monument 773-264-7431. The Pullman State Historic Site is part of The Historic Preservation Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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