Brookfield Turns 125!

On Saturday, November 3 — Founder’s Day — the Village of Brookfield celebrated 125 years of community history featuring the grand re-opening of the Brookfield Historical Society museum, located at the venerable Grossdale Station. The station and many of the artifacts contained at the refurbished and re-loaded museum contain precious items which directly connect the current generation of Brookfielders to the founder, Samuel Eberly Gross.  The events on November 3 featured a presentation by Village President and Brookfield Historical Society President Kit Ketchmark, who recognized the many important milestones and historical figures contributing to the Village’s history.  He was preceded by State Representative Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez who congratulated the Village on its rich history.

The Village wishes to thank the many volunteers and contributors and funders to the event, including our local businesses and community organizations and Village and Library staff.  The team was led by Trustee Nicole Gilhooley who worked over the past 9 months to get ready for this day.

Below are photos taken from Founder’s Day event.  If you have questions about the event, the future hours for the restored museum inside Grossdale Station, are interested in contributing to the Historical Society, or have other questions, please contact President Ketchmark or Director of Community & Economic Development Nicholas Greifer at kketchmark@brookfieldil.gov or ngreifer@brookfieldil.gov.