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2. Photo Contest extended thru 9/30/2020

3. For Sale: Paintings of Local Scenes by Local Artists 

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Lasker Estate Walking Tour of Estate Lane | Thursday, September 10 @ 10:30am

We couldn't be more grateful to our docent and Board VP Katie Hale for offering to do this popular tour ONE MORE TIME this Thursday at 10:30 am! Along with an overview of the history of Lasker’s Mill Road Farm, the tour covers the story of advertising magnate Albert Lasker and the 13 David Adler-designed farm buildings all now private residences. Expect to walk two miles over a period of about 1.5-2 hours. The tour will take place light rain or shine. 

More walking tours are available in September: Crab Tree Farm 10am, Crab Tree Farm 1pm, Historic Market Square and the Triangle Park Neighborhood. Registration is limited. Reserve your spot before they sell out!

Stay tuned for information on October tours including Lake Forest Cemetery, The NorthShore Interurban Bike Tour, and a docent-led walking tour of the Houses of Lake Road


We're delighted to honor Gene Hotchkiss as our 2020 Local Legend Thursday, September 24 @ 7pm online

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.

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.

Tickets are $50 per household. For an additional $50 you can send a personal note to Gene to be included in a keepsake book, or you can participate as an event sponsor and receive several benefits. 


From the Archives: 


#100YearsAgoToday Meyer’s Dry Goods was full of back-to-school “togs,” including “tub dresses,” which were made of washable fabric; wool knickerbockers, baggy pants generally worn in the 1920s to just above the knee atop long stockings; and “Tom Sawyer blouses,” boys’ white collared shirts, often with a blue contrast or blue tie. 
Meyer’s Dry Goods was located at 270 Market Square, recently home to Sweet Pete’s and The Toy Station.


#100YearsAgoToday With summer vacation drawing to a close, so did the local playgrounds at West Park and Farwell Field, which in the 1920s were open in the summer on a supervised basis. Children said farewells to the two playground monitors, Anna De Haan and Patricia Taylor, who both had jobs at schools elsewhere during the remainder of the year.



#SchoolDaysPast In 1866, a school was established for students at the western edge of our area, near the current intersection of Riverwoods and Shagbark roads. It was on the property of the Lyons family and known as Lyons School District 106. Pictured c. early 1900s.


#SchoolDaysPast In 1860, Lake Forest’s first public elementary school was opened at Walnut and Washington roads; 48 pupils attended classes in the new schoolhouse. The first teacher was Roxanna Ward Beecher, niece of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” author Harriet Beecher Stowe and famed abolitionist and Congregationalist preacher Henry Ward Beecher.

In 1867, the building was converted into a house. Dr. Charles H. Quinlan and his family resided there when their estate at 404 E. Deerpath burned down.

Originally located at Walnut Avenue and Washington Road, the building was moved c. 1900 to Westminster and still stands, with some alterations, as a private residence at 334 Westminster.


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