Grimmy-award winning obituary writer, Maureen O'Donnell and Susy Schulz, Executive Director of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, explain the fine points of exemplary obituary writing on Facebook Live, Thursday, July 16 at 7pm. Prior to the event, a link to attend will be available on the History Center and Museum of Broadcast Museum Facebook pages. This program is free and co-hosted by the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Questions? Contact

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Join us for a special screening of The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle at Gorton Community Center, July 31 at 7pm.  

Before the film begins, Carol Summerfield, History Center Executive Director will share some brief cinematic history including Irene Castle’s special connection to Lake Forest!  And don’t forget to check out the History Center’s special exhibit, “Twenty in the 20s: A Century of Change”, open to the public starting July 7.



We're sorry to say this film screening has been cancelled . . .

However, another great classic film will be shown in its place! Stay tuned for details.


The History Center will have a table out on our front lawn on July 16 & 17, 10am-2pm

Please stop by and enjoy great deals on James L. Lockhart nature print notecards, select books, hand-painted holiday ornaments featuring iconic community buildings, and other miscellaneous items from the old museum shop.

This Week in History

This Week in History: Episode 8

Join the History Center's Alexandra Schneider for a look back at local history happenings from the week of June 28-July 4. This week's highlights: Lake Forest opens new city hall and library, Senator McKinley talks politics in Waukegan, and Fireworks are a no-go for Lake Foresters   View Episode 8 here.



#100YearsAgoToday Krafft’s Drug Store ran this advertisement for Wildroot Shampoo. The company was best known for its hair tonic, first introduced in Buffalo in 1911. The hair tonic - which billed itself as a cure for dandruff and a deterrent to balding - was oil-based, including mineral oil, lanolin, and beeswax. With national ad campaigns like this one, it grew in popularity in the 1920s, stocked in barber shops across the country. By the 1940s, Wildroot had grown from a home kitchen to the world’s largest hair tonic manufacturer; in 1959, the company was purchased for $10.5 million by Colgate-Palmolive.


#100YearsAgoToday Swedish immigrant Carl F. Linderholm purchased the Huntoon bakery from Walter G. Huntoon. Linderholm’s Bakery would be a staple of Market Square until 1934, located at #266 on the north side (circled in red).

The bakery had been originally established by Huntoon’s father, George Washington Huntoon, a Civil War veteran who had served in Colonel Farnsworth’s Cavalry, the 18th Illinois. He came to Lake Forest in 1899, establishing his business with his son.


Last Week's Favorites:

Alice Moulton-Ely "Where's the dental floss?"

Wendy Giangiorgi "I wish someone would brush me out of this ridiculous photo..."

Debbie Thomas 'Brushing up on fun"

Patrick William “Conrad Pugh and His Dancing Teeth take a break for a photo op.”

Blair Waite “Despite the outstanding tooth hygiene lesson, nobody foresaw the sudden lightning bolt drawn to little Timmy's braces.”

Mark-Hans Richer “Carpe Dentum! (Seize the teeth - RIP Robin Williams)”

We need a snazzy caption to go with this snazzy outfit. #captionthis

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Celebrating Independence Day!

The Rumsey Family's July 4th parade featured many creative floats, including this Viking ship; 1916.

In 1975, community-favorite musical group, the Samuel Dent Memorial Jazz Band, performed as part of Lake Bluff’s annual Fourth of July parade.


Here, the family of Senator Charles B. Farwell participates in a 4th of July hayride at Fairlawn. Family members pictured include: Walter Farwell, Anna Farwell DeKoven, Reginald DeKoven, Rose Farwell, and Grace Farwell; 1885.

Mrs. Bill Bergmann and Paul and Mary Bergmann ride in the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society car during the Lake Bluff Fourth of July parade; 1990s.

Happy Fourth of July Everyone!



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