Ann Durkin Keating
, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, and Mary Kay Hyett
, office manager, Office of Community Development, will be inducted to the Naperville Heritage Society’s Heritage Hall of Honor Sunday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. at Naper Settlement. The yearly recognition honors people and organizations that have made significant contributions to preserving the history of Naperville.
Keating will be recognized for her historical contributions. She helped Naper Settlement’s education department develop an Underground Railroad program for schoolchildren and regularly sends North Central College students to Naper Settlement to do research and serve as interns. She’s currently serving as the principal historian for a four-year Teaching American History federal grant that brings together museums, K-12 schools and higher education to teach teachers how to teach history. The program benefits a consortium of local school districts, including Indian Prairie Unit District 204, Naperville Unit District 203, Aurora school districts 129 and 131, and Wheaton Warrenville Unit District. Keating is in charge of the content of the grant program, which has helped teachers understand the significance of primary source material.
Hyett will be recognized for her volunteerism. A Naperville resident, she and her family have been involved for many years with the heritage society. They have volunteered at Naper Settlement’s Christmas Memories, the Heritage Ball and Antiques Show. She also worked with the heritage society’s development office in the 1990s, helping to raise funds to build the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center.
Other inductees include Jim Moser, Robert Furnoff and USG Corporation.