We're delighted to partner with Gorton Community Center in presenting this film screening with interesting connections to local history.

Before the film begins, Carol Summerfield, History Center Executive Director, will share some brief cinematic history including Irene Castle's special connections to Lake Forest.

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.



#100YearsAgoToday In early July, Lake Forest City Council authorized an effort by the City Forester to trim hedges on parkways and corners in town to make streets and intersections safer for automobiles. But some residents of Green Bay Road, like Amelia McLaughlin Hardin, found the forester’s shears a bit overenthusiastic, and cried foul.

Amelia Hardin was the wife of Martin D. Hardin, who had fought with the U.S. Army in the Civil War as a brigadier general; the Hardins lived at 1145 North Green Bay. Her objections were heeded, at least momentarily, as the hedge remained untouched.


#100YearsAgoToday Love letters and even marriage proposals were not an uncommon occurrence at a coeducational institution like Lake Forest College. Lois Durand Hall, the women’s dormitory, had likely seen her fair share. But generally they were directed toward the building’s inhabitants - not the building itself!

A love letter to a “Miss Lois Hall” was received at the college from an “E. H. Middleton” of Grants Pass, Oregon - who either had located an incorrect address for someone with a similar name or was the victim (or perhaps perpetrator) of an elaborate prank. In the letter, Mr. Middleton describes himself and his prospects, mentioning that “I am 52 but look much younger,” and indicates that he wishes to marry soon after his current building project is completed.

Mr. Middleton requested a photo, and so it was suggested perhaps to let him down gently by sending “a photograph of ‘Miss’ Lois Durand Hall in her summer dress of ivy.”

Planned Giving

Our History. Your Legacy. Preserved.

One of the most meaningful benefits you will find in becoming part of the History Center’s planned giving program is the fellowship you will share with like-minded benefactors who know their gifts will ensure the enduring value of the History Center.

Contact us to learn more about the benefits of planned giving and ways to structure a legacy gift, as well as information about our planned giving society, the Chanticleer Circle. Learn more here.

Our Director of Development, Lisa Frey, is available to answer any questions you may have at lfrey@lflbhistory.org or 847.234.5253.

Pictured above: Chanticleer Circle members, John and Mary Ormsby, Lake Forest.



#CoolerByTheLake High School group from the Lake Forest YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) on the beach, c. 1930s.


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