Cheryl, a resident at ManorCare Health Services - Hinsdale, has always been interested in her ancestry. During visits with the Activity Department, she would tell stories of how she heard her family founded a nearby city, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Cheryl is a descendent of the Churchill family and Winslow and Mercy Churchill are her great-great-grandparents.
The Activity Department at ManorCare contacted the DuPage County Historical Museum to learn more about Cheryl’s past. Michelle Podkowa, the Museum’s manager and educator, informed the ManorCare team that she has traveling programs which take her to many schools and park districts to provide background on DuPage County, which includes the city of Glen Ellyn. ManorCare - Hinsdale arranged for Michelle to do a presentation at their center, and secretly invited Cheryl’s family members and other Churchill descendants to attend. A slideshow was shown to display the areas where Cheryl’s family had settled. Cheryl was very amazed to see that the Museum had a Civil War discharge document from a soldier in her family tree!
To commemorate her special day, the DuPage County Historical Museum staff presented Cheryl with a gift of two different cardboard cutouts that pictured her great-great-grandparents, Cheryl had no idea that these are some of the materials that have been used to educate school children on stories of the past. ManorCare - Hinsdale wanted to add another gift for Cheryl, a framed photo of her which was done in a vintage style, to remind her of her Heart’s Desire.