Back by Popular Demand: The Lasker Estate Tour of Estate Lane

8/17 @ 10:30 am

If you missed yesterday's walking tour, there are still a few spots available for Monday's tour. Our docent, Katie Hale, has graciously offered to walk Estate Lane again so sign up now if you're interested in attending!

Along with an overview of the history of Lasker’s Mill Road Farm, the tour covers the story of Albert Lasker and the 13 David Adler-designed farm buildings all now private residences. Expect to walk approximately two miles over the course of an hour and a half. 

Tour of Historic Market Square

8/20 @ 10:30 am

Curator Laurie Stein will lead a walking tour of Market Square highlighting the architecture, shops, people and events that have made our community such a special place to live and work. This tour will last approximately one hour and will take place light rain or shine. 

Tour of the Triangle Park Neighborhood

8/27 @ 10:30 am

Visitor Services and Program Coordinator Alexandra Schneider will lead a walking tour of the Triangle Park neighborhood, highlighting the architecture, people and events that surround this essential intersection involved in the founding of both the City and Lake Forest College. This tour will last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and will take place light rain or shine.


Our photo contest kicks off tomorrow: a great chance to have your work displayed at the History Center!

Whether you have been taking photos for years, or just discovered portrait mode on your mobile phone, we want to see how you express your sense of self, sense of place, and/or sense of community.

Contestants can enter one photo in each of three categories (i.e. three submissions max):

●    A photo that depicts a sense of self

●    A photo that depicts a sense of place

●    A photo that depicts a sense of community

The entry fee is $25 per photo. All funds raised go toward History Center exhibits, programs, and educational initiatives.

All participants will have their work displayed online in a virtual gallery and first place winners will have their work on temporary display at the museum and on permanent display in our digital collection.

Thank you to our talented panel of judges for offering their time and expertise in establishing our contest guidelines. Please find all the details here. 

This Week in History: Episode 14*

Join the History Center's Alexandra Schneider for a look back at local history happenings from the week of August 9-15. This week's highlights: Lake Bluff gets electrical illumination, Thorne heads Lake Forest Academy, and Lake Foresters go bowling. View Episode 14 here.

*To all of our diehard TWIH fans ... no worries, you didn't miss Episode 13. Our lovely host took a week off and enjoyed time with her family. Episode 14 stays on track with this actual week in history!



#100YearsAgoToday Street superintendent Roy Wells and his crew treated several Lake Forest streets, spraying them with oil and covering them with a layer of sand. This helped tamp down dust as well as to ultimately strengthen the road surface and keep it smooth. However, in the short term, it could be hazardous - as Chicago bond salesman Charles Skehens of Mayflower road (and his Palm Beach suit, white shoes, and silk shirt) discovered, to their detriment.


#100YearsAgoToday Fred Weber of Lake Bluff, with the help of his wife and Mrs. C. Morse Ely’s chauffeur, managed to trap the thieves of his brother William’s car at the entrance to Lake Forest Cemetery, following a lively car chase down Western to Sheridan and then to Lake.



Last Week's Favorites:

Priscilla R. Kaufmann: Bobbie socks and penny loafers.....those were the days!

Alison Sherman: LFHS’s version of the BBC: Birdhouse Builders Club, circa 1954

Chris Halverson: Lake Forest High School's first attempt at home-schooling

Special thanks to Sara Dragemuller Mahler for helping to identify the LFHS students in this photo:

Boys are Denny Mead, Gerry Mahler, Tom Shang and Jim Swan. Girls are Diane Elliot and Emily McQueen.

This photo needs a good caption to go with those great caps. #captionthis

Email your captions to Alex at



#WeddingWednesday On June 5, 1890, Gertrude Newell married Frederick Clement Aldrich in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in a double ceremony with her sister Nathalie and Charles Matthews. As the Tribune article reports, "The Misses Newell were dressed exactly alike in white heavy corded silk with old family point lace veils. Each bride wore a bouquet of roses and lilies of the valley and diamond pendants..."

Gertrude Newell's point lace veil continued its journey through generations of family brides, pictured above.

More on the family's history in Lake Forest here.

If you have old wedding photos please send them our way!

We're looking for more photos for this ongoing feature. Please email your wedding photos (with a brief description) to Laurie Stein at


#GolfersLife Mason Phelps, future Lake Forest resident, was first introduced to the community through golf tournaments like the Teen Cup he won in 1903 at the Onwentsia Club. The next year, Phelps competed in the 1904 St. Louis Olympics for the gold medal-winning U.S. team, made up of amateurs from Western Golf Association clubs. (Sources: Chicago Daily News, Chicago Tribune)


#GolfersLife The top competitors at the Western Golf Association women's championship, held at the Onwentsia Club August 26-30, 1902. Bessie Anthony of the Glen View club (seated, 2nd from right) was the victor, defeating Maude Greene Alexander (Mrs. W. A.) of Exmoor and Onwentsia in match play one up. The "89" placard she holds is the course record she set in the qualifying round. (Source: Western Golfer)


2020 Local Legends Event

We're thrilled to be celebrating Gene Hotchkiss as our Local Legend!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 24 at 7pm. You will not want to miss this wonderful interview with Larry Potash and the extraordinary Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss III. Read all about the event and how you can participate in this special LOCAL LEGENDS edition of our e-newsletter.



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