We are thrilled to announce Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss III as our 2020 Local Legend!

A highly respected leader and biographer, Gene Hotchkiss has inspired, molded and illuminated the lives of so many; now we will have the chance to hear him tell his own story.


Please join us 


In the comfort of your home via Zoom


Dr. Hotchkiss will be interviewed by journalist Larry Potash. The setting is an intimate interview that encourages the sharing of little-known stories, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and insights missing from standard biographies. Gene will be available for a brief Q&A session following the interview.


Buy Tickets and Kudos

Tickets to the Zoom event are $50 per household.

For an additional $50 you can write a personal note to Gene and have it included in a special keepsake book that our Local Legend will receive after the event.


Kudos!  $50

Write Gene a Congratulatory Note to be included in a Keepsake Book

Sponsor the 2020 Local Legends Event

In addition to purchasing tickets or kudos, you can also honor Gene and support the History Center by becoming an Event Sponsor at one of the following levels:

Big Man on Campus! $500

Receive recognition in the pre-event slide show and have your personal note to Gene included in a keepsake book.

Cheers! $1000

Have a signature cocktail kit delivered from Inovasi to your door to enjoy during the event.

And, record a 30-second congratulatory video message for Gene to be showcased at the event.

Bon Appetit! $2500

Throw a dinner party in true Hotchkiss style! 

Have a gourmet meal and a signature cocktail kit for four delivered from Inovasi to your door; record a 30 second video greeting for Gene and enjoy all of the other benefits of sponsorship.

Hats Off to Gene! $5000

Be widely recognized as the Key Sponsor of the Local Legends event in all pre-publicity and the event slide show.

Receive all sponsorship benefits including a gourmet meal and signature cocktail kit for six delivered from Inovasi to your door and the opportunity to record a 30 second video greeting to Gene. 


Local Legends is the History Center's Annual Fundraiser.

Help us continue to fund educational programming for virtual classrooms from grade 5 through college, expand our programs and exhibits and preserve our archives. The History Center is the only organization dedicated to collecting both Lake Forest and Lake Bluff history and saving it for future generations.

If you prefer to pay by check:

Please make your check payable to History Center Lake Forest-Lake Bluff and mail to The History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, 509 East Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045.

Have questions? Please call 847.234.5253 during open hours, Tu and Wed 1-4pm and Th 10am - 1pm or email Lisa Frey at


With heartfelt thanks 


Local Legends Event Co-Chairs:

Kim Placentino and Maria Westropp


Jeff Arch

Julie Barry

Mary Christoff

Kathy Dasso

Maddie Dugan

Shanise Evans

David Forlow

Otto Georgi

Dave Grinnell

Katie Hale

Gene Hotchkiss

Tom Hunter

Fred Jackson

Ann Jones

Rich Kosmerl

Alan Lowe

Jan MacDougal

Bob Marshall

Kate Mursau

Nancy Novit

John Ormsby

Lauren Peters

Kim Placentino

Katherine Saville

Bill Schumann

Frank Sibley

Tom Thomson

Pam Waud

Maria Westropp




509 East Deerpath I Lake Forest, IL 60045            847.234.5253 I I