Join the History Center and Museum of Broadcast Communications on July 16 at 7 PM via Zoom for “The Fine Art of Obituary Writing.”

In this unique and interactive virtual program, five-time Grimmy award winner Maureen O’Donnell and Executive Director of the Museum of Broadcast Communications Susy Schultz explore the ins and outs of crafting a personal, honest, and memorable obituary.

Listen in as Susy and Maureen discuss Maureen’s career as an award-winning obituary writer. Watch videos and see examples of some of Maureen’s best obituaries, as well as some of her most challenging. Then, be sure to have pen and paper handy as Susy and Maureen lead a brief writing workshop on crafting your own obituary.

Please note: 1) You MUST pre-register for this event. Those who do not register before 6 PM the day of the program will not be granted entry to the Zoom meeting. 2) This program begins at 7 PM. To ensure that you will be granted access, please login at 6:50 PM. You may be directed to the Zoom waiting room for a few minutes.

The Fine Art of Obituary Writing is free and co-hosted by the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Questions? Contact

Special thanks to our sponsors for making this program possible:


Don't Miss These Two Twenty in the 20s Film Screenings!


We're delighted to partner with Gorton Community Center in presenting these two iconic film screenings with interesting connections to local history.

Before each film begins, Carol Summerfield, History Center Executive Director, will share some brief cinematic history including Irene Castle's special connection to Lake Forest and F. Scott Fitzgerald's love for Lake Forest and his muse, Ginevra King!

As we continue to celebrate Twenty in the 20s be sure to stop by the History Center during our new open hours to see our exhibit comparing and contrasting life in the 1920s to the 2020s and our permanent exhibit featuring stories on the Castles and Ginevra King.


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.



#100YearsAgoToday The Lake Forester featured this advertisement from the men’s clothing store run by Mayer Kubelsky, located at 264 Market Square. The ad announces a 20% off sale, as “A knock to the old H.C.L.” (which stands for High Cost of Living).

By summer 1920 (and ahead of an upcoming recession), prices and living costs in the United States had reached unprecedented levels as demand for U.S. goods in Europe continued alongside the shift from wartime to peacetime production.

Mayer Kubelsky’s son Benjamin is better known as Jack Benny, then an up-and-coming vaudeville performer on his way to becoming a top comedian and national figure.

Here you can read a transcription of a January 1936 article in Radio Mirror that discusses Benny’s career from his father’s perspective - and mentions Kubelsky’s Lake Forest shop.


#100YearsAgoToday At a time when the pages of the Lake Forest newspaper largely did not acknowledge the community's Black residents, this advertisement for Meeks Johnson’s garbage collecting and cleaning business appeared in the Lake Forester nearly every week in 1920 and 1921.

Born in Alabama in 1871, Johnson had worked as a chauffeur in town and as a gardener on the E.J. Learned estate at 780 Deerpath before going into business for himself. One of his clients was the City of Lake Forest, cleaning the stormwater vaults at West Park.

He and his wife Nona made their home at 118 Sheridan Place in Lake Bluff. He went on to work at Thorpe Academy in Lake Forest for several years before his death in 1928. Meeks and Nona Johnson are buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Waukegan.


Homer is Home!

Stop by the History Center and meet our beautiful new mascot! 

Homer was painted by talented artist and History Center Vice President, Katie Hale, in support of Lake Bluff's "Dogs on the Bluff" celebration. To see more "Dogs on the Bluff" visit the Village of Lake Bluff or check out the Dogs on the Bluff walking tour available on the Lake Bluff History Museum's Lake Bluff Walking Tour app.


Sponsor Shoutout

And the votes are in!

The Deer Path Inn has once again been voted the #1 resort hotel in the midwest by Travel + Leisure 2020 World's Best. Congratulations to Matt Barba and the wonderful DPI team! Read more here.



#CoolerByTheLake A view of Lake Forest's shoreline from the bluffs above. Dated July 12, 1956.



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