Our mission is to bring the people of the Lockport, IL area together to
preserve and share our family histories and our local heritage.
"Preserving the past is our present to the future."
WHO ARE WE?
The Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society is a volunteer
not-for-profit organization incorporated in January 2002.
HOW THE SOCIETY WAS FOUNDED
In 2000, lifelong resident of Lockport, Dr. Reno G. Caneva, noticed a
sign on the new stone entrance to the parking lot at the South Public
Landing: "Lockport, an I & M Canal Town, 1830." Calculating that the 175th
Anniversary of the area's first settler loomed not too far in the
distant future, Reno called friends with an idea about how to
commemorate the date. Reno proposed that an anniversary book be
produced. Informal meetings eventually developed into a formal society
of individuals with bylaws and articles of incorporation as a
not-for-profit organization. The Society's Mission Statement has evolved
to include the collection, preservation and sharing of the family
histories and local heritage of the Lockport area.
HOW WE FULFILL OUR MISSION:
To collect, preserve, and make accessible relevant information on the
The Archive committee is comprised of the Archivist, Genealogist,
Historian, and Librarian. The committee and its volunteers conduct oral
histories and catalogue family genealogies and local history. The
collection is being readied for public access at the library in
To promote an interest in the genealogy and history of the
The Membership's Outreach Committee and volunteers share local history
and genealogy at Old Canal Days and Dellwood Park Civil War Days.
To publish a Society newsletter and to issue other
publications related to genealogy and history.
The Society publishes at least 10 newsletters each year.
To foster high standards of research and professional ethics.
All officers and directors observe ethics, standards, and practices as
set forth in the LAGHS Society Management Handbook.
To work in cooperation with other organizations for the
furtherance of these stated objectives.
The Society maintains the following: reciprocal newsletter exchanges;
joint event participation; memberships in the Lockport Chamber of
Commerce, Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical
Society, Illinois State Genealogical Society, Illinois State Historical
Society, and Illinois Association of Museums. LAGHS special interest is
Dellwood Park and the preservation its history as a famous amusement
park of the early 1900s.
MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Meetings of the general membership are held at least 10 months out of
the year. Members and the general public are invited to attend our
meetings, programs and outings. The heart of each get-together is our
Share & Tell session when everyone has a chance to share memories and
memorabilia. Some meetings are held, courtesy of the Lockport Township
Park District, at the Gladys Fox Museum located at the SW corner of 9th
and Washington streets.
The newsletter is published and mailed to members at least 10 months out
of the year. Some newsletter items appear on this website courtesy of
the Des Plaines Valley Public Library.
LAGHS Executive Board – June 2012
President- Gary Ward
Vice President- Tom Pinn
Correspondence Secretary- Loretto Szucs
Recording Secretary- Candy Hrpcha
Treasurer- Robin Lif
Archivist- John Johnson
Genealogist- Florence Pinn
Historian- Georgene Bankroff
Librarian- Robert Szucs
- Brian Boland
- Paul Burandt
- Alan Lindstrom
- Ron Lif
- Marc Worst