March is Membership Month!

Get ready to go places with your History Center membership!

We're excited to launch our membership drive next week. Get ready to hop on board for a year of exciting new benefits, programs and events themed around Maps and Travel and guaranteed to transport you to fascinating places both old and new.

Whether you're currently a member, or thinking of joining us for the first time, we're looking forward to spending the year together engaging with local history in unexpected and interesting ways.

Look for the announcement of our new membership benefits in next week's e-news!

Coming Up

Exploring the History of Vaccines

Join us on March 4 @ 7pm 

For almost a full year the world has been waiting and hoping, as scientists work to develop a vaccine to combat COVID-19. Now, at last, vaccines are starting to be distributed, but questions remain. When will I get mine? How safe is it? What does it take to efficiently produce and distribute these vaccines to billions? These questions aren’t new.

Join us as medical microbiologist and History Center board member Tom Thomson and our Executive Director Carol Summerfield explore the history of vaccines - from some of the earliest treatments 2000 years ago, to Jonas Salk and the Polio pandemic, to today.

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The World of Juliette Kinzie: Chicago Before the Fire

Join us on March 11 @ 7pm

March is Women's History Month and we're excited to present this book talk about the extraordinary life of Juliette Kinzie with author Ann Durkin Keating, 

From the University of Chicago Press:

Juliette Kinzie is one of Chicago’s forgotten founders. Early Chicago is often presented as “a man’s city,” but women like Juliette worked to create an urban and urbane world, often within their own parlors. With The World of Juliette Kinzie, we finally get to experience the rise of Chicago from the view of one of its most important founding mothers.

Ann Durkin Keating, one of the foremost experts on nineteenth-century Chicago, offers a moving portrait of a trailblazing and complicated woman.

Join us as we explore Chicago before the fire!

Elsewhere in History

We've added this new section to bring our readers more options for enjoying history!

The Victorian Society in America is holding several virtual lectures this year that cover architecture, decorative arts, etc. The speakers are leaders in their field and the lectures are free. View the lineup here.  

Nina Kozoi is an instructor at the Chicago Botanic Garden and will be teaching "American Home Garden Design: 1830-Present." She asked the History Center to please share her class information with our membership. View the class information here.

This Month in History

Join Alexandra Schneider for a look back at February happenings in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

Highlights include: J.J. Halsey memorial proposed, Count Tolstoy visits Lake Forest courtesy of YWCA, LFHS students turn movie critics. View the February edition of This Month in History here.


#100YearsAgoToday  The Lake Forest Young Men’s Club “heavyweight” basketball team (weighing in at 135 and over) scored a controversial victory in a game against the Armour Post team. As Lake Forest closed in on Armour’s lead, the opposing team “began to wrangle over every decision and tried to take advantage of the slightest technicalities,” insisting, for example, on a free throw when a member of the crowd whistled.

The Young Men’s Club team tied the game on a foul shot in the closing seconds, bringing on “an extra period of five minutes to which Armour did not object.” During overtime, an argument erupted after an unheard foul call negated a long Armour basket; according to the referees, the “official’s horn” had sounded well before the shot, however, the Armour players “insisted that the ball was in the air when the whistle blew.” When the refs stuck to their decision, the Armour captain and manager refused to continue and led their team off the court, granting Lake Forest a 21-19 forfeit victory.

#100YearsAgoToday  The children of the School of St. Mary put on a program honoring George Washington on his birthday. The program included several patriotic songs, addresses and poetry recitations, and a play, “Washington at Valley Forge,” performed by the third and fourth graders.

The School of St. Mary had been established four years prior, in 1917. The school building initially contained five classrooms, two music rooms, a playroom, an assembly room and 125 students.



This is your last week to play along and have your name entered in the drawing to win a History Center annual membership!

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Last Week's Favorites:

Stephanie Schneider: Shirley, Emma and Trixie all get their hair done by Monsieur Pierre.

Dave Grinnell: Everyone was thoroughly confused during the original Which-Twin-has-the-Toni? campaign photo shoot.

Penny Gill: Smile quickly before the puppy pees.

Anne Szymanski: Of the three students in the obedience class, only Scruffy got an A.

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