Since 1986, residents and friends of the German Village Society have gathered in Schiller Park for a springtime family photo. The event is the brainchild of Fred Holdridge, a German Village Society trustee and German Village landmark in his own right.
“I’ve taken the family portrait since its inception,” said Larry Hamill, a village based photographer. “In a way, it’s a study in demographics – marking not only how people have changed over the years, but the park as well.”
Erin O’Donnell, executive director of the society, noted that these photos will become part of the German Village archives. Years from now, when new residents of the village look at these portraits, hopefully they will look past the clothing and hair styles and wonder how the stories of each individual added to the essence of life in the village.
Copies of the photograph can be obtain through the German Village Society.