We're on the move again! 

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!

PRIVATE Walking Tours

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 aschneider@lflbhistory.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

Tour of Historic Triangle Park Neighborhood  10.17 | 10:30am

Our Public Programs Manager Alex Schneider will guide you through the park's important history, highlighting the stately architecture, people and events that shaped the community we know today. 

Rethinking Suffrage 2020: Monuments and Memory  10.22 | 7pm

Join Catherine Sardo Weidner PhD, Lake Forest College Senior Lecturer in History, for a unique presentation on historic and recent efforts to memorialize women's suffrage. 

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.

Tombstone Tales--Cemetery Walking Tour with Tina Strauss  11.5 | 10:30am

Docent Tina Strauss shares interesting stories and points out significant architectural highlights on this fascinating, and not too spooky tour of beautiful Lake Forest cemetery. 

Edith: The Rogue Rockefeller McCormick 11.5 | 7pm

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. 

Enter by Oct 15 for this Rare Opportunity to Have Your Photography Featured in a Museum Collection!

We're excited to offer this photo contest for all ages. Submissions are due on October 15. Learn all about the competition guidelines and our talented panel of judges below.


From the Archives:


#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.)



#SchoolDaysPast When 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.



Last Week's Favorites:

Penny Gill: "Honey you got this"

Carl Bolander: "No honey the smelt aren't running today"

Mary Ann Bloom: Falling off the wagon_log!

Christopher Mccormick: "Drownin'" Diane strikes again...infamous L.F. murderess

Ames Ross Mathee: "I'll get to it....you don't have to remind me every six months, jeez!"

Dee Amaden: Fun afoot!

Alice Moulton-Ely: "I've had enough of this joker."

Patricia Schneider: George could see better if he moved his feet.

Qwen Pinckney: Jason declared that being married was as easy as falling off a log.  Then he made the mistake of trying to demonstrate.


What caption do you have for this sweet photo? 

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


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