This is the first time in our history that we've needed to resort to crowd-sourced fundraising.

"With our doors closed, we've had to forego the earned revenue on which our work depends, which means that we need your help now--through our GoFundMe Charity campaign. While we long for our pre-Covid existence, we must go hurtling into a new era. This new era is attainable--if we work together and donate. Reaching our goal of $50,000 is paramount. Please forward this email over the next three days, share our social media and ask fellow history lovers to help us across the finish line. We can't thank you enough for your support during this challenging time." - David Forlow, President


The History Center was proud to be a vital resource for Rebecca Graff's archaeological investigation into Lake Forest's first African-American church.

The Lake Forest African Methodist Episcopal church on Washington Road was founded in 1866, with its own building built in 1870 and services continuing into the 1920s. The History Center was able to provide maps, letters, yearbooks, news articles and related ephemera to aid Rebecca Graff and her students in their archaeological investigation. Read about it here.


Three Seconds in Munich Book Talk: Thursday, June 18 at 7pm cst.

We're excited to offer this free, virtual program with local author, David Sweet and former Chicago Tribune sportswriter, Don Pierson. Click on the button below to register and receive your Zoom invite.  And, be sure to stay on for the whole program--it's rumored that a member of the 1972 team will make a special guest appearance! 




#100YearsAgoToday Georgine Thompson, Lake Forest resident and 1920 Deerfield-Shields High School graduate, won a scholarship to Lake Forest College after placing third in the year-end competitive examinations. Georgine lived with her family on Griffith Road; her father James Thompson was a house painter who had immigrated from England in 1885. Georgine attended Lake Forest College for just a few semesters, playing intramural basketball. In fall 1921 she accepted a position at a Chicago bank. She married Thomas J. Roxworthy in 1925.


 #100YearsAgoToday The Lake Forester featured an update on the Community Service, which had been held in Lake Forest in the gymnasium at the Young Men’s Club in Market Square (pictured) since May 1919. The original thought behind it was to continue the community spirit developed in town during WWI. The service was “religious in character” but “strictly non-sectarian,” and featured pastors from local and surrounding churches.


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