Historic Commission


The Historic Commission promotes awareness of Wheaton's history and appreciation for the city’s heritage through preserving historical documents, maintaining city archives, and recommending appropriate historic programs and projects. The commission coordinates activities for Preservation Week and recognizes Historic Landmarks in Wheaton.


The Historic Commission generally meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at City Hall. All meetings are open to residents. You are welcome to attend, share your thoughts, or observe to see if you would like to apply for a position. For up-to-date information regarding all of the City’s Boards and Commissions meeting dates, times, and locations, please see the City Calendar.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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  • Nancy Flannery, Chair
  • Thomas O. Kay, Ex-Officio
  • Lisa Buchanan
  • Emelie Engling
  • Steph McGrath
  • Robert Purdy
  • Joseph Szczepaniak

Available Positions: 3

Preservation Month

Each May the City’s Historic Commission coordinates Preservation Month to coincide with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual national celebration. During this time, the Historic Commission places "Pride in Preservation purple lawn signs throughout Wheaton at designated Wheaton Historic Landmarks and locations listed on the Wheaton Register of Historic Places. Many of these sites include a plaque with the estimated date of construction or a permanent interpretive sign with more additional information.

For an online tour of Wheaton's Landmarks, visit the Wheaton Register of Historic Places Program and select "View Wheaton Register of Historic Places."

Wheaton Register of Historic Places Program

Find out more about the process to be added to the Wheaton Register of Historic Places.

View Historic Wheaton Properties

Home History Research Help

Ever wonder how old your house is? Who lived there in the past? What it looked like originally? Whether your interest is a house's construction date, past owners, or architecture, the City of Wheaton Historic Commission can help. They'll help you discover resources and show you what each reveals.

Email Gretchen Murphy at genealogy@wheatonlibrary.org or call 630-868-7523 to set up a one-on-one virtual help session.