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Mark your calendars for July 16 and 17!

We'll help you kick off your weekend on Thursday evening July 16 with Grimmy-award winning obituary writer, Maureen O'Donnell and Susy Schulz, Executive Director of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, explaining the fine points of exemplary obituary writing on Facebook Live. On Friday, July 17 join us for a special screening of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in the John and Nancy Hughes Theater at Gorton!  Attendance will be limited to accommodate social distancing.

Registration information for both events is coming soon!


This Week in History

This Week in History: Episode 7

Join the History Center's Alexandra Schneider for a look back at local history happenings from the week of June 21-27. This week's highlights: War declared on mosquitos, summer reminder for all lapsed readers, North Shore homes feature in photography show   View Episode 7 here.



#100YearsAgoToday Some daylight savings-related hiccups led to a fashionably late band concert in Market Square. The Chicagoland region had just adopted Daylight Savings Time earlier in the month and many people - including the musicians in the band - were still struggling to figure out the new train schedules.

The Lake Forest Commercial Association sponsored a band concert each week in 1920 on Saturday evenings, from June to September. A temporary stand was erected on the green in Market Square. Generally, the concerts began at 7:15 p.m.


#100YearsAgoToday Lake Forest Academy student Byron S. Harvey Jr. had a narrow escape, fortunately surviving a fall from a third story window with only fractured ribs and bruises. He had apparently been attempting “to crawl from one window to another in the third floor of East House,” for reasons undisclosed. Less fortunate was the wheelbarrow he fell upon, which apparently was “smashed” beyond repair.

Harvey was the grandson of Fred Harvey, founder of what was considered “the first restaurant chain” in the United States. What started as a string of lunch cafes in railroad towns in the west became by the 1960s a hospitality conglomerate and one of the nation’s largest food retailers. In the years following this fall, Byron S. Harvey Jr. (pictured later in life) went on to become president and chairman of Fred Harvey company himself.



#JuneInBloom Grounds of Fairlawn, estate of Senator Charles B. Farwell and Mary Smith Farwell. Deerpath and Lake Road. Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect; local landscape work by Frank Calvert.



Last Week's Favorites:

Katherine Zale: The King of the Playground (and his court...)!

Erika Eddy:  Hallelujah!

Megg Ann: Jungle Gym Warriors

S.P. Swire: “Randy! Bring back those sleeves! Mom hasn’t finished making Grandma’ s dress yet.”

 Gerald Williams “A young James Camron has a Titanic idea!!”

What silly subtitle do you have for this week's #captionthis?

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