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  1. Photo Contest Deadline Extended to 9/30/2020
  2. Carol Summerfield Interviews Photo Contest Judge Ana Miyares
  3. Arts Stroll: Meet the Artists Today 3-7pm
  4. History on the Move: New September Walking Tour Dates Added
  5. Local Legends: Celebrating Gene Hotchkiss

Start reading here for fun factoids and historical treats:

This Week in History

This Week in History: Episode 17

Join the History Center's Alexandra Schneider for a look back at local history happenings from the week of August 30-September 5. This week's highlights: Armours host farewell dinner for servicemen, bicyclist’s clumsy robbery goes awry, Beiderbecke honored with tribute album. View Episode 17 here.



#100YearsAgoToday During the Lake Forest City Council’s discussion of budget and appropriations, a debate about the necessity of purchasing a new truck for the fire department was resolved in favor of the $17,000 modern fire fighting apparatus, which would come equipped with its own pump.


#100YearsAgoToday Despite suffering a blow to the jaw that required several stitches earlier in the week, Laurance H. Armour led the Onwentsia Club’s polo four to victory over the North Shore team, 16-4. (Onwentsia spotted the North Shore Club a few goals due to the handicaps of its players.)

Also playing for Onwentsia were B. H. Rader, George Seaverns, and Colonel Gordon Johnston, a decorated veteran of the Spanish-American War and WWI who was stationed at Fort Sheridan.

More on Colonel Johnston: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Johnston_(soldier) 



Last Week's Favorites:

Christine Halverson:You are here because your mothers said you refused to take your bath last week

Thomas Izzo: Who's in the girls locker room?

George Niemeyer: Lester St. John giving summer swimming lessons at Lake Forest High School pool.

Jan Larsen Polep: A chemistry teacher experimenting with kids and H 2 O

Jerry Schneider: Hey! No fair... Mr. Bryant said me and Timmy get to wear the bathing caps!

How about a swingin' caption for this picture?  #captionthis

Email your captions to Alex at aschneider@lflbhistory.org




#WeddingWednesday Sylvia Shaw married Clay Judson on September 3, 1921 at the Lake Forest home of the Shaw family, now the Ragdale Foundation. The ceremony took place in the living room, where "Candles in tall wrought iron candlesticks lit the room..., and tapestry colored zinnias, for which the Ragdale gardens are noted, were used in artistic profusion as decorations."

According to the Chicago Tribune, "The bride wore a French gown of white dotted net with panels and flutings of plain net. The girdle was of narrow white ribbon and orange blossoms, and a wreath of orange blossoms held a tulle veil in place."

"At sunset supper was served at small tables in the garden at the edge of the bowling green. Bowls of the zinnias ornamented the tables."

Sylvia Shaw had already won acclaim as a sculptor the previous winter while studying in Paris. Her parents were the writer Frances Wells Shaw and the architect Howard Van Doren Shaw.

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 lstein@lflbhistory.org.

Introducing: #SchoolDaysPast

We're excited to kickoff this month's social media theme focusing on the educational foundation of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. Enjoy!

#SchoolDaysPast The very first schools established by European immigrants to the Lake Forest area were often held in people’s homes. In the 1840s, children residing on homesteads in west Lake Forest attended school on weekdays in the same log building used for church on Sundays, St. Patrick Church. Students sat in the choir loft if they couldn’t find space on the benches.

It was located near the present-day site of St. Patrick Cemetery (early grave markers are pictured). This drawing was done in 1897 by early resident Patrick Doyle, from his memories of his school days.



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