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The museum regularly acquires new artifacts and archival pieces for its permanent collection for display and study at Naper Settlement through the generosity of individuals, businesses and estates. Nearly all items acquired by the Naperville Heritage Society for the permanent museum collections are donated or part of a bequest. All acquisitions assist in enhancing our collections and fulfilling our role as caretakers and interpreters of our city's rich heritage and history.

Types of Artifacts Collected
The Naperville Heritage Society's permanent collections include more than 60,000 two- and three-dimensional items including:
  • Household and industrial objects
  • Furniture, clothing, textiles, paintings, sculptures, architectural fragments, transportation artifacts and agricultural implements
  • Prints, photographs, films, audio / video tapes and multimedia
  • Business, institutional and personal archives, such as original manuscripts and documents, including diaries, letters, ledgers and journals

Collecting Scope
The Naperville Heritage Society collecting scope currently emphasizes the following considerations: 
  • Materials produced or used in Naperville
  • Materials that pertain directly to Naperville businesses, churches / religious organizations, schools, city government / services and social or residential life, since the town's founding
  • Materials that pertain to personages who were residents of Naperville, as well as those who frequented Naperville for commerce, educational and religious purposes and the like
  • Materials that are representative of typical Northern Illinois community life


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