Coming Up on Zoom & In Person!

From City Hall to the Newberry: The Journey of the 1857 Map of Lake Forest

Thursday, June 10 | 7pm on Zoom

Last year the 1857 Map of Lake Forest found its permanent home at the Newberry Library in Chicago. How it got there is quite a story! Tune in to learn the history of this valuable map and the educational value of the maps in the History Center, Newberry and the Dunn Museum collections. Joining the conversation will be Jim Akerman, Curator of Maps at the Newberry; Art Miller, Honorary Director of the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation; Heather Johnson, Curator at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum and Carol Summerfield, Executive Director of the History Center.

This program is presented with the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation who was instrumental in the conservation of the 1857 Map and its transit to the Newberry Library.

Virtual programming is made possible by the generous support of Madeleine B. Dugan


Map Stories Exhibit: Opening Night Reception

Friday, June 11 | 6-8 pm at the History Center

After more than a year without events on our beautiful museum campus, we're delighted to unveil our new exhibit "Map Stories: The Hidden History in the Maps of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff" in person in the Katherine Bell Hale Gallery.  

This exhibition provides an exciting and rare opportunity to see 19th and 20th century maps from our extensive collection--from hand-drawn maps of the early village to road maps for that new fangled automobile. Stop by for a chance to see the history of our community through a different vantage point. History Center exhibits are free of charge.

To celebrate this special occasion, we'll have complimentary drinks and light hors d'oeuvres to enjoy before or after viewing the exhibit. Face coverings will still be required inside the museum, but not outside!  We'd love to see you.

Planning and Envisioning the Land with Art Miller | June 24 @ 7pm on Zoom

Join historian Art Miller as he discusses the significance of the innovative, curvilinear, 1857 Lake Forest plan designed by landscape architect Almerin Hotchkiss. This plan was instrumental in both the development of transport enabled garden-city suburbs of large cities and in the evolution of Lake Forest itself as it expanded westward to include Green Bay Road, West Park, and Deerpath Hills National Register Historic Districts, Edward Bennett’s 1925 Knollwood Club neighborhood and other enclaves. 

Arthur Miller is Emeritus Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections at Lake Forest College and Honorary Director of the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation.

We're delighted to co-present this program with the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation.


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