Join our curator, Laurie Stein, this Saturday October 10 at 10:30 am for an enlightening walking tour of Lake Forest's famous Market Square. Laurie points out interesting hidden details and shares stories of businesses past and present as she walks around this historic blueprint of the nation's first outdoor mall. You'll experience Market Square in an entirely new way after spending an hour seeing it through the lens of history. Registration for this tour will close at 2pm tomorrow. Please sign up early!
Thinking about arranging a small group private tour? Private, docent-led walking tours for group sizes of 6-14 people are now available during the months of October and November. Tours include: Historic Market Square, Lake Forest's Triangle Park Neighborhood and The Lasker Estate. Face masks are required and social distancing must be observed. To inquire about pricing and docent availability please contact Alex Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fly Girls: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII, a Personal Story 10.15 | 7pm
Ann Jones, Community Contributor and History Center Board Member, highlights the critical service of the WASPs to this nation while also acknowledging those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Sponsored by Reuland & Turnbough, Funeral Directors of Lake Forest
East Wind or West Wind? How Popular Culture Changes China in the 21st Century 11.4 | 7pm
From reality shows to "boy" bands, pop stars to talk shows, Lake Forest College Assistant Professor Ying Wu will share how Chinese culture has adopted and adapted western models, while creating a uniquely popular (counter) culture all its own.
Author Andrea Friederici Ross and historical performer Ellie Carlson bring Edith Rockefeller McCormick's storied history to life in this very special virtual program about one of Lake Forest's most dynamic individuals.
LFLB Community Invited to Participate in New Digital Exhibit: Facing School 2020
If you are a grandparent, parent, caregiver, teacher or student who is facing the challenges of this historic return to school, the History Center and Lake Forest School District need your input. Our new exhibit features photos, videos, artwork and reflections from community members young and old who are helping us record this unique moment in time.
#100YearsAgoToday A trained sparrow on Griffith Road made such an impression on its neighbors that it was front page news in the Lake Forester, for its “unsparrow-like stunts” and “saucy” chirping. The sparrow was likely trained, however, by Henry D’Hulst, a Belgian immigrant who worked as a gardener for Owen Jones, and probably not solely by his five-year-old son Frank. (Presumably the precocity of such a feat would have been featured in the article - plus, Frank was born in the United States.)
#SchoolDaysPastWhen Everett students moved to their new school in 1957, the City of Lake Forest converted the old school into a second firehouse. The Fire Department used it until 1993, when it was demolished and a new station constructed. Local residents, led by Shirley Paddock, saved and restored the old school bell.