About Us

The Niles Historical Society (NHS) was chartered in 1971.

We are based at the Niles Historical & Cultural Center (NHCC), which is open to visitors year-round with no cost for admission. Our funding for programs, exhibits and research comes from donations.

Our building was formerly the Cook County Sheriff’s Station from 1923 until they closed in 1984. Located at 8970 Milwaukee Avenue, the building is one of the oldest municipal structures in Niles and a local landmark.

On March 25, 1985 the existing showcases were moved from the hallway at the Trident Center, formerly located at 8060 Oakton Street, to the new Niles Historical & Cultural Center 8970 Milwaukee Avenue. The Grand opening and dedication of the museum was on October 25, 1986. The event was attended by village dignitaries, guests, and members of the Niles V.F.W. Memorial Post 7712. At the dedication, the Museum was presented with its first flag. Our new facility far exceeds the original location, with two floors for exhibiting artifacts, an auditorium for programing and space for collections storage.

The NHCC Staff

Barbara Karawacki

Museum Coordinator

Dan Smaczny

Museum Curator

The NHS Board

The Niles Historical Society consists of an advisory board, volunteer board members, numerous volunteers, and an administrative assistant from the Village of Niles who is assigned to the NHCC. The Board meets on the fourth Monday of every month.

Board Members

  • Ronald Strzelecki, Jr., Interim President
  • Mark Thoms, Vice President
  • Paul Zafiropoulos, Treasurer
  • Katie Schneider, Secretary
  • Thomas Ferraro
  • Jaymi Blickhahn

If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact Thomas Ferraro to discuss requirements and responsibilities by emailing nhs@vniles.com or call (847) 390-0160.

Get in touch

8970 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Niles, IL 60714