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There's still time to help honor Gene Hotchkiss as our 2020 Local Legend!

The deadline for Well Wishes and Sponsor Tributes is this Friday, September 18.

A highly respected leader and biographer, Gene Hotchkiss has inspired, molded and illuminated the lives of so many; now we have the chance to hear him tell his own story at the Local Legends virtual event September 24 at 7pm.

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. Click below for all the details.


Today's Features:

Docent-Led Walking Tour of Historic Market Square | September 17 @ 10:30am

Join our curator Laurie Stein on this fascinating walking tour of Lake Forest's famous Market Square. Did you know it is the blueprint for the country's first outdoor mall? There's so much more to learn and see when you spend an hour with our expert docent. The tour will take place light rain or shine.


A Few Spots Still Available for Crab Tree Farm Self-Guided Tours

Join us for a look at the art, architecture, and gardens of Crab Tree Farm on Saturday September 26 at 10am and 1pm. 

For your convenience, a digital map will be provided to guide you to designated markers with QR codes along your route as you explore the property. Using your camera app on your phone or iPad, simply scan the code to learn more about where you’re standing and what you’re viewing. You’ll be surprised at how much there is to learn!

History Center docents and volunteers will be available at certain points to guide you and answer questions.

Please note that for the safety of yourself and others, this tour will be almost entirely outside – the Lodge, which features the Arts and Crafts style furniture of Gustav Stickley, will be available for a walk-through.


Join us for Thursday Night Virtual Programs

Make Thursdays at 7pm your History Center edu-tainment night! We're putting together a great roster of programs for October and November and hope you'll join us. 

Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929-1975

A book talk with author Susan Benjamin.

10/1 @ 7PM

Fly Girls: The Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII

A personal story by community contributor Ann Jones. 

10/15 @ 7PM

Edith: The Rogue Rockefeller McCormick:  

Author Andrea Friederici Ross and historical performer Ellie Carlson bring Edith to life for this very special virtual program about one of Lake Forest's most dynamic individuals.

11/5 @ 7PM


From the Archives: 


#100YearsAgoToday Yet another car theft was reported, stolen from the Onwentsia Club parking lot during a dance on Saturday evening. Though the club was at that time outside the city limits, the Lake Forest police conducted a search and located the vehicle abandoned near Highland Park.

In the same issue, the Lake Forester ran an article detailing some statistics about stolen automobiles; car theft had increased by 23.5% in 19 “index” cities across the country, including Chicago, from 1918 to 1919. About three quarters of the stolen vehicles were eventually recovered.


#100YearsAgoToday The Young Men’s Club organized a football team, drawing local athletes recently out of school. The team practiced three times a week, twice at West Park and one strategy session indoors at the Young Men’s Club building, at the west end of Market Square.

Pictured is the 1920 team, identified by last name:
Bottom row: Lindenmeyer, Smith, Lindenmeyer, Pelner, Gordon, Smith, Gansberg, Burridge, Kerrigan.
Center row: Brown, Burridge, Clayssens, Lindenmeyer, Rodlof, Atteridge, Heaney (Manager).
Top row: McGovern, Hanson, Gansberg



#SchoolDaysPast In fall 1900, South School, located on the northwest corner of Sheridan and Maplewood, opened for lower elementary students who lived in southeast Lake Forest. Photo is c. 1910.

The school building had formerly housed the Dickinson Seminary; more recently, it had served Lake Forest College as a women’s dormitory called Mitchell Hall. After Lois Durand Hall was built, the building was moved a few blocks southeast from where it stood at College and Washington to be used as a public school.

Pictured: Bottom row: Raymond Baldwin, Fred Dornbush, Eddie Peddle, Edward Gansberg, Arthur Johnson, Joseph McGovern, Arnold Carlson, Patrick Baldwin, Edward Boobyer, Oliver Lindenmeyer, Henry Beebe, Alfred Marwede, William Lenore, and William Haltenhoff.
Second row: John Redmond, Richard Baldwin, Arthur Baker, Eddie Whalen, Frank Jaeger, Joseph Peddle, Christie Peterson, and Leonard Burns.
Third row: Helen Peddle, Madeline Baldwin, Anne Mae McGovern, Sarah Jane McGovern, Doreen Hiscox, and Sadie Sage.
Fourth row: Emily Bowman, Margaret Baldwin, Kathleen Ryan, Beth Jackson, Rebecca Preston, Madeline Ryan, and Mary Peddle.
Fifth row: Rose Gansberg, Margaret Preston, Agnes Whalen, Mary Baldwin, and Fannie Rodgers.
Back row: Frieda Lindhal, Mary Baldwin, Ruth Heaney, Mary Kent, Helen Walker, Elizabeth Haltenhoff, Mary Cavenaugh, Katherine Lindenmeyer, Anna Cavenaugh, James Crane, Ellen Baldwin, and Eleanor Haltenhoff.


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