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Don't miss this unique opportunity to join award-winning journalist and professor Deborah Douglas as she discusses her U.S. Civil Rights Trail Travel Guide.  

This Thursday 4/8 @ 7pm

"Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail opens up an opportunity for direct interaction with Black communities, landmarks, cultural staples and many overlooked yet significant locations in the history of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s."NBC News

"With profiles of national leaders and local heroes, helpful timelines, a suggested playlist and personal insights, Deborah’s U.S. Civil Rights Trail guide is the perfect companion for a journey along the Trail. Her book enhances the experience of the movement and it offers a deeper dive into an important time in America’s history." --World Footprints

"While some travel guides focus on history, few do so in the level of detail as Douglas’…Douglas carefully scrutinizes source material from the movement, synthesizing facts and sharing her own impressions."―The DePauw

About the Author
Deborah is currently the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor at DePauw University. She served as the managing editor of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, a reporting project examining the economic realities of Memphis, TN. Previously, she was the No. 2 at the Chicago Sun-Times editorial page and a columnist. She served as an adjunct lecturer at Medill where she designed a Civil Rights Act of 1964 graduate capstone, and has contributed to VICE, Time, American Prospect, The Root, The Grio and The (NAACP) Crisis magazine. She is a senior leader at The OpEd Project, an initiative that amplifies underrepresented expert voices. In her career, she's had the honor of speaking with civil rights icons, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. James Lawson, Diane Nash, Bernard Lafayette, Bree Newsome, Rev. Bernice King, and Rev. Martin King III. 

Lincolnomics: How President Lincoln Constructed the Great American Economy | A Book Talk with John F. Wasik

4/22 @ 7pm

Lincolnomics highlights The Great Emancipator as The Great Builder of American infrastructure, revealing Lincoln’s untold legacy as the developer of an economic ladder to democracy through national transportation, public education, and market access.

Join author John F. Wasik as he tracks Lincoln from his time in the 1830s as a young Illinois state legislator pushing for internal improvements; through his work as a lawyer representing the Illinois Central Railroad in the 1840s; to his presidential fight for the Transcontinental Railroad; and his support of land-grant colleges that educated a nation. 

Members get reduced pricing on History on the Move docent-led walking tours 

Lake Forest Roots: Where it all Began 

4/15 at 10am | $20 Members $30 Non-members

Did you know that the city of Lake Forest essentially grew up around Triangle Park? Come learn about this historic neighborhood--home to many of the schools, churches, and houses of Lake Forest's early residents.

Small group private tours on a date of your choosing are available for History Center members only. To inquire about pricing and availability contact Alex Schneider at

Historic Market Square: Its Many Lives and Hidden Gems

NEW DATE: 4/23 @ 10am | $20 Members $30 Non-members

Join our curator Laurie Stein on this fascinating walking tour of Lake Forest's famous Market Square. Did you know it is the blueprint for the country's first outdoor mall? Learn about businesses past and present and hidden details that add to the charm of this favorite meeting place.

Small group private tours on a date of your choosing are available for History Center members only. To inquire about pricing and availability contact Alex Schneider at

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Advancing to the second round are: East School-LB, Walden and The Evergreens.

Today's Bygone Bracketology Matchup: Alice Home VS. Skokie Valley Line Deerpath station

A cottage for care versus a stop from here to there - Lake Forest’s first hospital, Alice Home, matches up with the Skokie Valley electric line station at Deerpath near Rte. 41.

  • Designed by architects Frost and Granger, the cottage-style Alice Home Hospital was built in 1899 on the Lake Forest College campus, east of Lois Durand Hall. It was the gift of Annie Burdsal Durand, in memory of her sister Alice. It served as the community hospital through the early 1940s, when Lake Forest Hospital was built, and then was converted into a dormitory known as Alice Lodge. It was torn down in 1965.


  • This station served the Skokie Valley Route of the North Shore Line interurban railroad, which was built in 1926. It connected Lake Forest with Libertyville and Mundelein to the west. This station stood at the southwest corner of Deerpath Road and Ahwahnee Lane. It was razed after the interurban shut down c. 1960.

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Elsewhere in History

The Dairy Queen: Grace Durand of Crab Tree Farm

Our curator Laurie Stein assisted with research from History Center archives for this fascinating blog post from the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County about Grace Garrett Durand of Crab Tree Farm. 

Grace Durand was a leader in the crusade for clean milk and model dairy farming, and even foiled a kidnapping! Read more about her life and accomplishments here:



#100YearsAgoToday  The Lake Forest Fire Department “was given a good workout,” according to the local newspapers. A rash of prairie fires broke out all over the North Shore “due to the unusual dryness of the grass and brush.” Fortunately, damage was minimal, though “flames several times approached dangerously near frame buildings,” including Mayor Henry Rumsey’s garage at 900 Illinois Road (pictured here with a more modern garage addition). Though the job was deemed too small for the brand new fire engine, the fire fighters still used their best stratagems to keep the community safe, including setting a “counterfire” to protect the Kuppenheimer estate on Green Bay Road.

#100YearsAgoToday The Chicago Tribune dubbed a group of Lake Foresters “Easter Originals,” for their “original” choice to skip the traditional Easter parade along Lake Shore Drive in favor of the more relaxed atmosphere of the Onwentsia club. “Instead of decking themselves in fine feathers and joining the annual pilgrimage” between homes on the Gold Coast and local churches like Fourth Presbyterian and St. Chrysostom’s, according to the paper “they drove out to Onwentsia for Easter luncheon and a big afternoon of loafing around the fireplace.”



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Penny Gill: Do you see what I see? He's talking to a little box in his hand!

Steven Patrick: Speak up. You said she’s wearing what!?

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