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Recording History


On Wednesday evening, June 3rd at 5:10 pm history was made in Lake Forest.

Read about this peaceful, student-led protest in today's story by Patch.com: Hundreds of Demonstrators Rally in Lake Forest to Denounce Racism 

As the history keepers of our community, we are dedicated to documenting, preserving and celebrating history. We count on our community members to help us record accurate history in real-time. If you were one of the more than 500 people who attended this peaceful protest, please send your photos, short videos or thoughtful reflections to our curator, Laurie Stein, at lstein@lflbhistory.org for inclusion in our Center's archives.

The History Center sat down with LFHS graduate Maddy Moore who co-organized the protest with her sister Gabby. View this Peer-to-Peer Conversation with Maddy Moore and Alexandra Schneider

Local and regional historical resources:

A Walking Tour of African American history in Lake Forest (1997, updated 2011) by Arthur H. Miller

Confronting Difficult Histories from the Newberry Library in Chicago

Tomorrow's History from Chicago Collections


Reading up on the History of Vaccines 


While we wait for the discovery of a Covid-19 vaccine . . .

Learn the history and science of past vaccination efforts in this fascinating brief overview put together by History Center board member and medical microbiologist Tom Thomson. Thank you, Tom!


This Week in History: Episode 4


Enjoy This Week in History: Episode 4 | Blind pig discovered in Lake Bluff, poetry adds a healthy spark, dog show supports military efforts.  

View THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: EPISODE 4. See past episodes on our This Week in History youtube playlist.




#100YearsAgoToday Mme. X of the Chicago Tribune’s society pages offered a new, vital angle on the upcoming Republican National Convention in Chicago: whom the local women were supporting. According to Mme. X., women began receiving “recognition...from party bosses” not necessarily because of the suffrage movement, but as a “result of the important part played by women in our five Liberty Loan drives” - i.e., because they could fundraise.

Her list of which of the Chicago “beau monde” were supporting each of the various top four candidates is full of Lake Foresters, including Mrs. George A. McKinlock and Mrs. Tiffany Blake for Illinois Governor Frank Lowden; Mrs. Arthur Meeker and Mrs. Alfred Granger for General Leonard Wood; Mrs. Cyrus H. McCormick and Mrs. John V. Farwell (among many) for Herbert Hoover; and Mrs. Eleanor Gizycka (Cissy Patterson) for Senator Hiram Johnson of California. (No one, of course, is listed for eventual dark-horse compromise candidate Warren G. Harding.)
[Source: Chicago Tribune, June 6, 1920]


#100YearsAgoToday The newspapers were full of the upcoming Republican National Convention, which would be held June 8-12 at the Chicago Coliseum. Harris Trust & Savings Bank ran this ad in the Tribune touting Chicago’s unrivaled reputation as a political convention host city. This 1920 convention would be the 14th occasion in which one of the two major national parties came to Chicago to choose their nominee.

(One hundred years later, Chicago has hosted major party conventions more than twice as often as the second place city - 25 times. The last Chicago Republican convention was in 1960; the last Democratic one was 1996.)



Last week's favorites:

Sue Renz Fox: "Married with Children, Al Bundy. This man looks just as confused!"

Jennifer Schneiderman: "Who ate Soupy Sales?"

Jerry Schneider: "Does this sweater make my head look small?"

Let's see what silly subtitles you have for this week's #captionthis!

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