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An Illinois not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the C&NW and its predecessor roads since 1973.

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Concrete!

Concrete grows from the ground! Like many long lead items today, the good weather we ordered took a bit longer than planned to arrive. The last week and upcoming week in northern IL has been warmer than normal with minimal rain or snow. Footings were poured December 14. This marks the commencement of construction with the first permanent part of our structure and future home of the CNWHS. To see all the updates on the project and a timeline of…

Moved In at Gilberts

44 days ago we learned we had to move. Today the 100+ file cabinets and heavy duty map cabinets, emphasis on heavy, joined the 1,000+ boxes and pieces already at our short term home in Gilberts IL. The archives still has some organizing to do, but we will be back researching in no time. Another big thank you to the archives crew, moving volunteers, and Boremans movers! Berwyn IL was the main archives home for over 30 years. Our stay…

Archives Move

The CNWHS Archives and Company Store have been located in Berwyn IL, a place we have called home for over 30 years.  We were very recently informed that the Berwyn building has been sold and we have to move the Archives by the end of December 2021.  The CNWHS Archives Building at the Illinois Railway Museum is about to start construction, and of course is nowhere near ready for us to move in.  We have found an interim home in…