Local History

Wheaton History

Find city histories, biographies of Wheaton people, old maps, telephone directories, high school yearbooks, and newspaper clippings in the Genalogy section on the 2nd floor.

Books about Wheaton
High School Yearbooks & Newsletters

DuPage County History

County histories, town histories, historical guides and plat map books show DuPage County’s past in varying ways and eras.

Books about DuPage County

Aerial Map of Wheaton 1906

Photographer George R. Lawrence (1869-1938) captured this panoramic view of Wheaton in 1906 with a system he designed called the Captive Airship. Large-format cameras were suspended from unmanned kites and flown in connected lines which kept the cameras steady against varying wind conditions. The photo was taken from a vantage point approximately in the location of today’s Wheaton Center towers looking east in December 1906.

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