I want to thank everyone who has supported us in our efforts to keep moving forward through the pandemic.

We are one of 35,000 museums in the United States. Cultural institutions like ours are an important contributor to education, tourism, and community pride. Even our little gem of an institution has drawn in visitors from Milwaukee and Chicago, who came specifically to attend our lectures. Losing a museum creates a gap in access to history and efforts to preserve the important stories of those who came before us.

We aren’t alone in navigating gaps in revenue, or planning for an unknown future, but know that we are moving forward with a renewed focus on keeping our visitors healthy while staying engaged. We look forward to new ways to present programming, exhibits, and our stories. And we thank you for all the support you’ve provided to us to get us to this moment.

If you'd still like to donate to our GoFundMe campaign the page will be up through the end of June. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email or sharing this link:  https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/historys-in-the-making-and-we-need-your-help/lakeforest-lakebluffhistoricalsociety

With heartfelt thanks also from my hardworking staff and board. 

Carol Summerfield, Executive Director


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 Lake Forest and other North Shore suburbs officially followed Chicago into the light and adopted the “daylight saving plan.” Daylight Saving had been instituted during WWI, but after the war, most of the country had reverted back. Many unions and industries preferred it, however, since it afforded more daylight leisure hours for employees during the summer.

The change was part of a piecemeal, ripple effect move back toward Daylight Saving throughout the country, which presented certain logistical issues, some of which are delineated in the articles. As the Lake Forester stated, Chicago adopting DST essentially forced the suburbs to do so. However, though local train schedules adjusted, through trains and freight lines did not necessarily, leading to confusion.

(Sources: Lake Forester, June 11, 1920; Chicago Tribune, June 11, 1920)


 #100YearsAgoToday The Lake Forest police department secured a replacement vehicle, complete with “special locks and safety devices to make it thief-proof.” The department’s (only) car had been stolen earlier in May (see #100YearsAgoToday for May 7) from the City Hall parking lot and never found. (Without VINs and given the comparative lack of diversity in models and colors, stolen cars were difficult to trace at the time).

The new car, a 1921 model Willys-Overland, was similar to the restored model pictured. The label “baby” meant that its wheel base was smaller (100 inches instead of 106) and some of the finishes were cheaper. During the 1910s, Willys was one of the nation’s largest automobile producers, second only to Ford from 1912-1918.


June in Bloom

We're spending the month of June taking a wistful stroll through the gardens of local residences.

#JuneInBloom Westmoreland, estate of Albert Blake Dick and Mary Mathews Dick. James Gamble Rogers, architect. Image shows the formal gardens and pergola, looking north toward the outbuildings and water tower.

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#JuneInBloom Formal garden at Walden, Cyrus Hall McCormick Jr. and Harriet Hammond McCormick estate. Warren Manning and Ralph Griswold, landscape architects; Louise Shelton, garden designer.

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Dogs on the Bluff

Such a good dog!

Dogs on the Bluff begins in July and our sweet dog, painted by History Center Vice President Katie Hale, will be on display in downtown Lake Bluff. After a callout for suggested names the artist picked "Tales" (submitted by our very own Dave Grinnell), however, the Lake Bluff History Museum had already claimed the name. Great minds think alike! Our dog is named "Homer" and we think it suits him perfectly! Be sure to look for Homer outside the Lake Bluff post office this summer. When the event is over, he will come home to the History Center. Huge thanks to Katie for creating this unique, and adorable, marketing tool!


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