Share your story — HAPL Local History COVID-19 Repository

  The Huntley Area Public Library COVID-19 Repository is an archive of photos, poems, drawings and other items submitted from Huntley Area locals and businesses. It depicts their stories during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. We are no longer taking submissions for COVID Repository. Thank you to those that submitted content.

History of the Huntley Town Square Gazebos

When you stand in Huntley’s beautiful town square park, you are standing on history. The park was designated as a public square by Thomas Stillwell Huntley, who donated the land to the town that bears his name.  The earliest plat map of the village, dating to 1853, shows the town square park’s location. For more … Read more

Latimer Brothers Bike

Latimer Brothers Bike In 1897, two inventive brothers based in Huntley developed a new type of bicycle they believed would revolutionize the industry. The Latimer brothers owned and operated a mill along today’s Mill Street, east of the present-day Route 47. But the brothers had other, more creative ideas. Frank Latimer designed a new type of … Read more

One-room Country Schools in the Huntley Area

One-room country schools existed in the Huntley area until the 1920s when the rural schools began consolidation with Huntley School District 158.  The schools dotted the countryside, usually spaced within a three-mile walking distance of surrounding farms.  Rural schools taught first through eighth grades.  If students passed their Eighth Grade Exams, they attended the high school in town.  … Read more