Friday Night at the Movies! We're delighted to present this vintage film screening with Gorton Community Center.

Before the film begins, Carol Summerfield, History Center Executive Director, will share some brief cinematic history including Irene Castle's very interesting connections to our community. A limited number of tickets will be sold in order to observe ample social distancing inside the John and Nancy Hughes Theater.

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 The classified ads in the Lake Forester laid bare some of the realities about finding employment in the 1920s as a person of color. At left, the chauffeur seeking a position makes his racial background clear in his advertisement, no doubt due to the prevalence of employers such as that in the ad on the right, who limited their searches to “white” applicants only.

One of the few avenues to employment for people of color in the area at the time were these jobs as members of the service staff at homes and estates. Though at the time there were very few Black people living in Lake Forest, and those who did largely were restricted to one or two neighborhoods, the Black community in town did have longevity, as well as an African-American church.


#100YearsAgoToday The North Shore Horticultural Society held its 14th annual flower and vegetable show at Gorton School over the weekend. The Lake Forester listed all the prizes awarded for best vegetables, fruit, flowers and plants.

The North Shore Horticultural Society was an organization of the gardeners of the area, many of whom had charge of the plantings at these large estates.

The grounds of five local estates were open for viewing, including those of Mrs. J. Ogden Armour (Mellody Farm), Mrs. Louis F. Swift (Westleigh), Mrs. Hugh J. McBirney (Green Bay Road), Mrs. Cyrus H. McCormick (Walden), and Miss Florence Underwood (Washington Road) - over 2,000 visitors toured the former.

Walking Tour: Houses of Lake Road

Visiting the Infant Welfare Showcase House? Take a Stroll Down Lake Road and Enjoy this Self-Guided Walking Tour of other Historic Lake Forest Homes.

History Center Curator Laurie Stein has put together this wonderful self-guided walking tour of the houses of Lake Road. In it you'll find the year the house was built, its original owner, the architect and architectural style, as well as a few notes about the history of the home. Lake Road is just one block east of the site of this year's Infant Welfare Showcase House. Make it a day and enjoy both tours!

Access the History Center's self-guided walking tour here. Enjoy!

Pictured above: Lake view garden terrace at 955 Lake Road




#CoolerByTheLake #CoolerByTheLake Rainbow arcing over Lake Forest beach shoreline restoration work, 1986.


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