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, Marketing & Communications Chair

Michael Bassett

Rada Burns

Kathleen Cummings, Collections Chair

Barbara Gordon, Resource Development Chair

Douglas Gilbert, Restoration Chair

Cathy Kestler, June Revel Chair

Nancy Norton

Jim Oles

Sandy Lentz, Park District of Oak Park Liaison


Pleasant Home Foundation Staff

Heidi Ruehle-MayExecutive Director

Elissa LedvortVisitor Services Manager

Sarah NajeraProgram Director

Alice KloskaRental Coordinator


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