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Flossmoor historical society receives first major donation

The Foundation for the Preservation of Flossmoor History recently received its first big donation from a former resident, J.R. List.

Flossmoor Mayor Michelle Nelson, founding member of the foundation, said List contributed $25,000 to the not-for-profit organization.

“We’re really excited about that,” she said. “He grew up here and has incredibly fond memories of Flossmoor.”


She said List’s grandparents on his mother’s side owned the popular Flossmoor Bakery for many years.  

“It’s nice that he remembers us and felt so strongly about his upbringing and his family’s contributions to the town that he wanted to make a donation,” she said.

The foundation was formed in 2021 and has been collecting information and documents that tell the story of the village’s history. The village is preparing to celebrate its centennial in 2024. 

In 2022, lifelong Flossmoor resident Al Wagner donated the family home and business building at 2709 Flossmoor Road to the foundation for use as a museum and community center. One of the foundation’s top priorities is to raise funds to renovate the Wagner Building.

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