"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss III honored as Local Legend

Last night more than two hundred friends and colleagues of Gene Hotchkiss tuned in to hear his very personal interview with Larry Potash. A few donned bow ties and enjoyed a glass of Gene's favorite sauvignon blanc; several sent well wishes and all sat glued to their screens as Gene shared his fascinating life story--complete with humorous anecdotes and moving testimony of the challenges he faced leading Lake Forest College through tumultuous times.

A recording of the event will be available in the coming days. Meanwhile, our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated, especially our man of the hour and eleventh Local Legend! 


We've extended the deadline to OCT 15th

Thank you to our readers who reminded us how crazy the month of September has been! To that note, we are extending our submission deadline until October 15 so everyone has a little more time to participate. Meanwhile, consider this great advice from contest judge Caitlin Saville on how to keep kids engaged during a photo shoot.  

Little ones want to be involved, they want to be seen and heard. I make sure I get down on their level and ask them to help me with the shoot. Where should we take the picture? Can you make mommy laugh? And so on. Having them do an activity like twirling, or leap frog gets them smiling The best photos are the ones in between the staged ones. Those are the ones that truly show their little spirits. ~ Caitlin Saville Collins

We're excited to see your work and please help us spread the word!


ONLY FOUR SPOTS LEFT for Sept 26 1PM tour of historic Crab Tree Farm  

Tomorrow afternoon's forecast looks great for a leisurely Fall stroll through picturesque Crab Tree Farm. For your safety and the safety of others, this self-guided 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. 

A digital map will be provided to guide you to designated markers with QR codes along your route as you explore the property. History Center docents and volunteers will be available at certain points to guide you and answer questions.

Don't delay--get your tickets while they last!


Walking Tours and Virtual Programs & Events:

Did you know you can arrange a small group, private tour with a History Center docent? All of our new HISTORY on the Move walking tours (excluding the cemetery tour) can be booked for a day and time of your liking. Tours include: Historic Market Square, Lake Forest's Triangle Park Neighborhood, The Lasker Estate, The Houses of Lake Road and a bike tour of the North Shore Interurban Railway. Contact Alex Schneider for details on group size, price and how to schedule your group tour at aschneider@lflbhistory.org.

Be sure to check out the History Center website for more information on upcoming tours and programs. Here's a look at a few of our October events:

Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1919-1975

Book Talk with Susan Benjamin

10/1 @ 7pm

Lasker Estate Tour of Estate Lane

Docent-Led Walking Tour

10/3 @ 10:30am

Lake Forest Cemetery Tour

Docent-Led Walking Tour

10/15 @ 10:30am

Fly Girls: A Personal Story 

By Ann Jones

10/15 @ 7pm


From the Archives:

FINAL EPISODE! This Week in History: September 20-26

As our virtual programs and walking tours ramp up, Alex is moving her popular series from a weekly synopsis to a monthly review of "This MONTH in History." No need for tears -- we'll still get to see her interesting and entertaining videos, just once a month from now on instead of every week. 

Stories in this week's episode include: The 1918 North Shore quarantine, a millionaire pilot who has a close encounter with trees, and John Baggett turns 80

View Episode 20 here.


#100YearsAgoToday The Young Men’s Club baseball team wound down their season with a banquet at their building at the west end of Market Square, “accompanied by a riot of song and the tooting of hundreds of toy horns.”

A special guest at the banquet was Fred Merkle, a Major League Baseball veteran who in 1920 was playing for the Chicago Cubs. Merkle had a long and productive career as a first baseman, but is perhaps best remembered for a play at second base in 1908 known as “Merkle’s Boner” - a baserunning error (committed amidst an onslaught of fans rushing the field) which ultimately cost his team at the time, the New York Giants, the pennant. Read more about Merkle.



#WeddingWednesday #100YearsAgoToday On September 27, 1920, Phyllis Mark married Everett Lindley Wyman of Boston. They were married in the Italian gardens at Mark home on Lake Road. The bride, the daughter of Clayton Mark, had four of her sisters among her attendants: Alice, Lydia [Saville], Scytha, and Anna.



#SchoolDaysPast In 1928, Lake Forest Day School (now Lake Forest Country Day School) was founded by local families interested in progressive education. The school opened in September with 49 students, grades K-4. School took place in a house at 495 East Deerpath, just west of the History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, which was rented for $275/month; the first principal, Corinne M. Fitzpatrick, also resided there.



Last Week's Favorites:

Roy Kissel “John, I have a letter for you.”

Sue Renz Fox: "Dear John,"

Steph Patricks: Elsie likes to read her fan mail to Howard.

Patti Burns Belmonti: Hmmmm should I tell him it’s a letter from another suitor!!! Not

Paul B. Crouch "I have my mail-in ballot. Who should I vote for?"

Jim Roadcap “He wants to name them the Cubs”

David Miller "how did you say we get to the lantern????"

Mary Jane Jennings Stutz “Children, you will never know the contents of this steamy love letter because it’s in cursive. Love letter? Google it!"

"Are you still courted with such romantic hand-written notes in 2020?  Do men still dress in their finest to woo you with such words of tenderness and devotion?  I hope so, it's divine." Blair Waite (ashamed to know the sad answer to these questions)

What do you have for this week's #captionthis? 

#CaptionThis Email your captions to Alex at aschneider@lflbhistory.org


Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading.

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