Brief History
The village of Park Forest South was incorporated in 1967 with 1,050 residents in what was known as the Wood Hill subdivision. From 1970 to 1972, the village was the site of a federally-designated "Title VII New Community" project which experienced a full array of successes and disasters. A New Town development period occurred between 1970-1974. The developers were originally called Park Forest South Developers. Later they became known as New Community Enterprises. At a public meeting on December 2, 1974, the developers announced the termination of their operations. Restructuring took place from 1975-1979 when the village government took on the development process. In 1984, the village name was changed to University Park. [Text based on Park Forest South/University Park: A Guide to Its History and Development by Larry A. McClellan.]

Documents in this collection pertain to the early history and development of Park Forest South.

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Submissions from 1986

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Park Forest South/University Park: A Guide to Its History and Development, Larry A. McClellan

Submissions from 1975

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Governors Gateway Industrial & Research Park, Seay & Thomas, Inc.

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Park Forest South: Utopia goes kerplunk, Nory Miller

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Residential Development Opportunities, Seay & Thomas, Inc.

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Terrific New Town Newsletter, Village of Park Forest South

Submissions from 1974

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A Place to Live ... Questions and Answers about Park Forest South, New Community Enterprises

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Inter Faith Welcomes You to Park Forest South, Inter Faith Council of Park Forest South

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Park Forest South: A Place to Learn, New Community Enterprises

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Park Forest South: A Place to Play, New Community Enterprises

Submissions from 1973

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Come Open a Town Information Center, New Community Enterprises

Submissions from 1972

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Announce Town Center Plans for Park Forest South, New Community Enterprises

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Park Forest South: A Whole New Town, New Community Enterprises

Submissions from 1970

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Park Forest South: New Town of the Seventies, Park Forest South Developers, Inc.

Submissions from 1965

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Wood Hill Herald 1965-01-01, (January 1965), Wood Hill Herald staff writer

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Wood Hill Herald 1965-02-01, (February 1965), Wood Hill Herald staff writer

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Wood Hill Herald 1965-03-01, (March 1965), Wood Hill Herald staff writer

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Wood Hill Herald 1965-04-01, (April 1965), Wood Hill Herald staff writer

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Wood Hill Herald 1965-05-01, (May 1965), Wood Hill Herald staff writer

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Wood Hill Herald 1965-06-01, (June 1965), Wood Hill Herald staff writer

Submissions from 1964

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Wood Hill Herald 1964-01-01, (January 1964), Wood Hill Herald staff writer

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Wood Hill Herald 1964-02-1, (February 1964), Wood Hill Herald staff writer

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Wood Hill Herald 1964-03-01, (March 1964), Wood Hill Herald staff writer

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Wood Hill Herald 1964-04-01, (April 1964), Wood Hill Herald staff writer

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Wood Hill Herald 1964-05-01, (May 1964), Wood Hill Herald staff writer

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Wood Hill Herald 1964-06-01, (June 1964), Wood Hill Herald staff writer