The Foundation

The Pleasant Home Foundation

The Pleasant Home Foundation is dedicated to restoring, preserving and operating Pleasant Home as a historic house museum while presenting a year-round schedule of tours, educational programs, community events and cultural performances. 

When you make a gift to the Foundation or become a member of Pleasant Home, you help support educational opportunities for children and adults, the historic preservation of a national landmark and Prairie School architectural treasure, and the important role of Pleasant Home in the fabric of Oak Park community life and Chicago architectural history.

To find out how to become a member of Pleasant Home, click here.

History of the Foundation

The Park District of Oak Park purchased Pleasant Home from the Mills family in March 1939 and named the grounds Mills Park in their honor.  Many community organizations rented the house for meetings and events, including local senior organizations and a local theater group.  The Red Cross used a portion of the house during the second World War.

Based on a Park District task force, the Pleasant Home Foundation was formed in 1990 to restore, maintain and operate the house as a museum for Oak Park residents and those who visit Oak Park from throughout the world to enjoy its rich architectural historic and cultural offerings.

The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest < link> has used the upper floors to display their collections and it continues to operate a research center at Pleasant Home that is widely used by historians and residents seeking information about the area’s history.


Pleasant Home Foundation Board of Directors

President, Liz Holt

Treasurer, Jeffrey Schroeder

Secretary, Michael Poirier

Shaun Banks

Michael Bassett

Rada Burns

Kathleen Cummings

Barbara Gordon

Douglas Gilbert

Cathy Kestler

Jim Kutill

Nancy Norton

Jim Oles

Sandy Lentz, Park of Oak Park Liaison

2017 Board Photo
From left to right: Michael Poirier, Doug Gilbert, Rada Burns, Barbara Gordon, Kathy Cummings, Liz Holt, Heidi Ruehle-May, Cathy Kestler, Sandy Lentz, Jim Oles, Jeff Schroeder, Michael Bassett (not pictures: Shaun Banks, Jim Kutill, Nancy Norton) 

Pleasant Home Foundation Staff

Heidi Ruehle-May, Executive Director

Sarah Najera, Program Director

Elissa Ledvort, Visitor Services Manager

Alice Kloska, Rental Coordinator




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