Programs and Events:


Enter by 11:30pm Tomorrow 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.

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. 

Private walking tours for group sizes of 6-14 people are now available Monday through Saturday during the months of October and November. Face masks are required and social distancing guidelines must be observed. To inquire about pricing and docent availability please contact Alex Schneider at

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. This event is in conjunction with Ragdale Reads Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok.

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. 


From the Archives:


#100YearsAgoToday Just in time for “indoor sport,” Frank W. Heinemann opened a bowling alley on the second floor above his cigar and tobacco shop. The building, located at the northwest corner of Deerpath and Bank Lane, was a long and narrow one, particularly suited to bowling.

With the advent of Prohibition, bowling throughout the country became disassociated from saloons, which increased its popularity among female players (as referenced in Heinemann’s ad).



#SchoolDaysPast Architectural rendering of Deer Path School, 1966. Text reads: "Alterations and Additions - Deerpath Upper and Lower Grade Elementary School - Lake Forest - Schmidt, Garden & Erikson - Architects Engineers."

When the new Deer Path School opened in 1968, all the schools in District 67 were reorganized. 5th and 6th graders, who previously attended Gorton School, were moved to the old Deer Path School building. 7th and 8th graders were moved to the newly constructed Deer Path School building, and younger elementary students were divided among Cherokee School, Everett School, Sheridan School, and Gorton School.



Some may think our #captionthis series is for the birds, what do you think?  Please send your witty captions to Alex Schneider at 


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