Tonight! Sit back and enjoy The Great Gatsby on the big screen--register soon as there is a limited number of seats with social distancing.

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.


Last Chance: Stop by for great deals between 10am and 2pm TODAY!

Please stop by and enjoy discounted pricing 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 10

Join the History Center's Alexandra Schneider for a look back at local history happenings from the week of July 12-July 19. This week's highlights: Lake Forest police apprehend speedy drivers, Highwood man is appointed to Virgin Islands, Helen Culver is honored in university publication. View Episode 10 here.



#100YearsAgoToday The school census, undertaken to determine populations and public school funding needs, reported markedly different population totals for Lake Forest than the federal census had earlier in the year - nearly 25% more residents, in fact. (The Lake Forester had published an article decrying errors in the federal census back in June, and indeed, an increase of only 11 people from 1910 was suspect.) But even beyond the confusion mentioned in the article, the divergence also begs the question about methodology related to summer residents in the school census.

The U.S. Census is an invaluable document for researchers, historians and genealogists. Articles like these are great reminders of the importance of pairing source material with careful analysis and historical context. And also of the importance of being counted: #Census2020 #GetCounted -


#100YearsAgoToday The sheer number of violators, along with crashes and other dangerous situations, forced Lake Forest police to abandon their previous laissez-faire method of enforcing speed laws.



Last Week's Favorites:

Laren Jones "No salt salts like Morton Salt salts!"

Sue Renz Fox "Busted!"

Rich Ring "Car 54 where are you?"

Sandi Moe Y"ou put the donuts in here and the rooftop meter tells when you need a refill."

Kevin Baldwin "You Really were going that fast... 42MPH.... down Deerpath you know that's 30 MPH zone.."

Dr. Pepper Bear “Let’s see…if I clip this here can of frozen lemonade to the side of my car and drive around for a while, I can use this thing-a-majig on the roof to tell when it’s defrosted.”

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#Wedding Wednesday Enjoy this popular post from the History Center's weekly Facebook campaign

On June 15, 1918, Grace Tuttle and Kent Chandler were married at the Tuttle residence on Westminster in one of the many war weddings taking place that spring and summer.

Grace Tuttle wore her mother's (Fannie Farwell Tuttle) white satin wedding gown and carried a bouquet of blue larkspur. As the Chicago Tribune society writer put it, she was "more than usually pretty and chic in appearance," and her husband "blessed with more than the ordinary allotment of looks."

Captain Kent Chandler would serve with the 96th and 89th divisions of the American Expeditionary Force during WWI, as well as with the Army of Occupation in Germany.


#CoolerByTheLake On the bluff at Villa Turricum, c. 1940. From the Dorothy Gleiser collection.



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