Margaret Donahue: Huntley Native and Chicago Cubs Executive

First Woman Corporate Officer in Major League Baseball Huntley native Margaret Donahue didn’t want the job with the Chicago Cubs. But now, 45 years after her death, her name can still be found among Cubs’ history, on a Chicago park and in books on notable women. Through Margaret’s three nieces and in numerous news articles … Read more

Local History Display – Month of September

Check out the two Local History display cases located in the library’s new Local History Room. Items in these displays were provided to us by the Ruth and Kreutzer families. In the left display case, you’ll find historical items courtesy of the Ruth family. In the right display case, you’ll find toys of yesteryear provided … Read more

Scavenger Hunt-ley

Think you know Huntley? Want to get outside and explore the Friendly Village with Country Charm and learn some Huntley History while you are at it? Download and try this Town Square Scavenger-Hunt-ley. This is a joint effort between the Huntley Area Public Library’s Local History Department and The Huntley Historical Society. The answers will … Read more

Bricks Paved the Way – A Brief History of Woodstock Street

Huntley celebrated the 100th anniversary of the paving of Woodstock Street on May 6, 2017.  Woodstock Street has been in existence for over 170 years.  It began as a dirt path for horses and wagons and served as a rudimentary route from Woodstock to Huntley’s square.  The square boasted many flourishing businesses and the train depot sat just south of … Read more

Oliver Statler – Nationally Acclaimed Huntley Author

Oliver Hadley Statler (1915-2002) was a Bestselling Author and Japanese Art Expert From his small-town, midwestern roots, Huntley native Oliver Hadley Statler found his life’s passion in Japan and became an internationally acclaimed best-selling author and interpreter of Japanese art, culture and history.   Today, the Huntley native’s impressive collection of Japanese art is maintained by the … Read more

1963 Heinemann Plane Crash Tragedy

On March 31, 1963,  Huntley residents were shocked to learn of a tragic airplane accident that took the lives of two Huntley residents, one of them a Catholic priest. The pilot, Robert Heinemann, 20, was born and raised in Huntley.  He invited his brother, the Rev. Harold Heinemann, 27, and two friends to go for an evening flight. … Read more

Huntley Historical Society Donates Oral Histories

Members of the Huntley Historical Society visited the Huntley Area Public Library on Monday, February 25 to present the Library’s Local History Department with DVDs of oral history recordings from long-time local residents. Historical Society members produced the interviews.  Elaine Kadakia and Jim Donohue interviewed residents, and Mark Skaja filmed each session. Below is a … Read more