Interested in learning more about your city's history? Start at the very beginning! Join us for a walking tour of Lake Forest in the 1860's.

8/27 @ 10:30 am

Did you know that Triangle park was home to Lake Forest's first hotel? Visitor Services and Program Coordinator Alexandra Schneider will guide you through the important history 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.
Parking is available across the street from Triangle Park in the History Center parking lot off Washington Road.


Don't be shy. We want to see your photos!

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 15

Join the History Center's Alexandra Schneider for a look back at local history happenings from the week of August 16-22. This week's highlights: Lake Foresters proud of new officers, McCormick art on display, Jahnke florist shop gets new locale. View Episode 15 here.



#100YearsAgoToday The Lake Forest Music Shop advertised some of the latest summer dance records. Among those listed are several jazz songs including “I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None O’ This Jellyroll,” by Clarence Williams, a Black composer who also ran his own music publishing house.

Located in Market Square where Forest Bootery is today, the Lake Forest Music Shop was run by Vincent Quarta, an Italian immigrant who also ran Lake Forest’s movie house, the DeLuxe Theater. In addition to records, music rolls and sheet music, the Music Shop also sold gramophones, vacuum cleaners and sewing machines, and repaired furniture.


#100YearsAgoToday A terrifying circumstance was fortunately averted at the Foster household, now 400 North Washington. Margaret Baxter Foster alerted the police about the actions of a potential kidnapper who had chased her twin sons. Though the man fled when an officer arrived, he later returned and attempted to seize the daughter of John O’Hare, the Fosters’ gardener, possibly mistaking her for one of the Foster children. Fortunately Leona O’Hare, only 3, alertly screamed, attracting notice; the man again fled through an adjacent wooded lot.



Last Week's Favorites:

Tom Fahey: "Auntie Nel just 12 more tosses, you don't want to look like Dr. Fauci when you throw the opening pitch."

Kurt Klatt: "Circus sideshow acts. The woman with the 12" waist and the Siamese twins."

Libby Cov: "Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet, and of the girl I'm taking to the Easter parade." 

Sue Renz Fox: "Get those hats on straight!"

Stephanie Schneider: "The sun! It burns my eyes! And those hats don’t help. either."

Kyva Arens: “Ma, you throw like a girl!”

What playful captions do you have for this playful pic?  #captionthis

Email your captions to Alex at




#WeddingWednesday On February 23, 1936, A. Watson Armour III married Jean Shedd Schweppe in a small, intimate ceremony in the living room at Mayflower Place, the Schweppe residence. An altar was "improvised at the south end of the room, which was decorated with yellow mimoso [mimosa] trees."

The bride "carried an exquisite bouquet of tiny white spray orchids." Her gown was ivory white satin, embroidered with pearl leaves; it featured a "very long train over which billowed a voluminous tulle veil."

Jean Schweppe was the granddaughter of John G. Shedd, president of Marshall Field & Co., and daughter of Charles Schweppe and Laura Shedd. A. Watson Armour III had grown up at Elawa Farm, the son of Elsa Parker and A. Watson Armour.

[Source: Chicago Tribune, February 23, 1936]

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 One of the premier women’s golfers of the 1920s, Edith Cummings grew up around golf courses in Lake Forest. One of her first tournament victories took place at Onwentsia at age 17.

Though known as one of the “Big Four” Chicago debutantes in 1916 with friend and fellow Lake Forester Ginevra King, following school Cummings pursued tournament golf. Dubbed “the Fairway Flapper,” she competed against top female golfers of the day like Alexa Stirling, Marion Hollins, and Glenna Collett. After a narrow loss in 1922, Cummings beat the favored Stirling and Collett to win the 1923 U.S. Women’s Amateur championship.

Edith Cummings’ 1924 victory at the Women’s Western Amateur bolstered her renown enough that Time magazine featured her on the cover of its August 24, 1924 issue. It was a first for a female athlete.

Cummings is perhaps better known now, though, for literary immortalization of another sort. F. Scott Fitzgerald modeled his character “Jordan Baker,” a female golf champion, directly after Cummings. He had met her through Ginevra King, the inspiration for “Daisy Buchanan.”


#GolfersLife After a round at Knollwood, August 1928. (Source: The Log of Knollwood.)


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 help honor Gene in this special LOCAL LEGENDS edition of our e-newsletter.



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