Free Book Talk

Join local author David Sweet and former Chicago Tribune sportswriter Don Pierson as they discuss Sweet's book, Three Seconds in Munich: The 1972 Olympic Basketball Final (2019).

This virtual conversation will explore one of the Olympics' most tumultuous and contested competitions, when the U.S. Men's Basketball team refused to accept their silver medals against a backdrop of questionable calls and terrorism.  

Registrants will be emailed a link to this free Zoom event upon registration. Questions? Please email Alex at

Thank you to our sponsors, the Hale Family and Anonymous, as well as our Community Contributor Series Sponsor, Reuland & Turnbough, Funeral Directors of Lake Forest.


Walking Tour

Just in Case You Missed it ... 

Enjoy a walk or bike ride down Lake Road while learning the history of some of Lake Forest's most iconic homes 

On this self-guided walking tour you'll learn the date each home was built, the original owner, the architect, and architectural style--along with several fascinating factoids compliments of our curator. The tour is 1.25 miles and takes about 25 minutes to walk.

Most homes on this tour come from one of three periods: pre-WWI 1910s (Shaw, Adler); mid-1920s-1930s (Adler, Frazier, Lindeberg, Anderson); or 1950s-1960s (Frazier, Colburn, Cerny, Milman). More recent constructions are not featured – although some day they may be.

Download your free tour here. The pdf is formatted for phones and tablets.*

*We would love to offer this as a printed guide book. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in sponsoring the production of a Houses of Lake Road Walking Tour guide book, please contact Lisa Frey at to discuss details. Thank you for your consideration!



#100YearsAgoToday The Lake Forester ran a front page article enumerating the many mistakes made in the 1920 federal census for Lake Forest, including the omission of several households, which led to a significant undercount. Locals had estimated that Lake Forest had increased by about 1,500 in population over 1910, but the census recorded an increase of only 11, from 3,349 to 3,360. (This ended up being adjusted to 3,657, but even an increase of ~300 seemed suspect.)

The U.S. Census is an invaluable document for researchers, historians and genealogists. Articles like these are great reminders of the importance of pairing source material with careful analysis and historical context. And also of the importance of being counted: #Census2020 #GetCounted -


#100YearsAgoToday McKinlock Post 264 American Legion held a benefit show, housed in a tent at the corner of Bank Lane and Westminster. Featured at 7:30 in Market Square was “Raffles,” the mysterious handcuff and straitjacket king, who demonstrated “his disdain for the appliances devised for the shackling of mankind.”


June in Bloom

#JuneInBloom Garden at Bagatelle, Edward H. Bennett and Catherine Jones Bennett residence, East Deerpath. Edward H. Bennett, architect.


#JuneInBloom Garden at 160 East Onwentsia Road. This was originally the Joseph C. Belden estate; at the time of this photo, 1968, the home belonged to Albert Day Farwell and renowned gardener Edith Foster Farwell (pictured).

Find out more about Edith Foster Farwell:


Research Online

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Calling all researchers: Telephone and city directories for Lake Forest and Lake Bluff are now available on our new website!

We have the originals in our archives, but offer these transcriptions as a searchable online resource useful for genealogy and house history research. Note: this is not our full collection. Email our Curator at if you are interested in another year or in source information.

Access the directories here.

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So far, we have reached 76% of our goal to recover $50K in lost revenue from the coronavirus shutdown. 

We are one of 35,000 museums in the United States. Cultural institutions like ours are important contributors 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 of presenting programming, exhibits, and our stories. 

If you have already donated, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you have not, please donate today. Our GoFundMe page will stay up through the end of June. Please help us across the finish line!

Spread the word by forwarding this email, sharing our posts on social media, or telling your friends and neighbors the next time you see them. THANK YOU!


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