Upcoming  Programs & Events

Passion for Maps: A Brief History of The MacLean Collection with Curator Tom Hall 

Thursday, July 22 @ 7pm at the History Center

Calling all cartography fans--this is a night you won't want to miss! 

The MacLean Collection of Maps consists of more than thirty-five thousand maps that date from the fifteenth century to the present.

The map collection was begun by Barry MacLean in the early 1960s and continues to expand today. It includes a broad range of media and formats such as globes, wall maps, sheet maps, pocket maps, case maps, atlases, manuscript maps, relief maps, pictorial maps, Portolan charts, posters and cartographic games and puzzles. There is cartographic material covering all parts of the world, but the collection’s strengths include maps of the discovery and exploration of the Great Lakes, maps and atlases of American states and counties, British county maps, nineteenth century American maps, wall maps, and maps of the world. 

Curator Tom Hall will provide an overview of the history of this impressive collection and discuss the importance of map conservation. 

Map images courtesy of the MacLean Collection 

Docent-Led Walking Tour of Historic Lasker Estate and Estate Lane

Thursday, July 22 @ 10am

Enjoy a leisurely walk while learning the fascinating history of advertising giant Albert Lasker's magnificent estate.

 "A completely self-contained utopia, the estate even boasted an 18-hole, nationally recognized golf course enjoyed by presidents and movie stars."

Along with an overview of the history of Lasker’s Mill Road Farm, the tour will cover the story of Albert Lasker and the 13 David Adler-designed farm buildings all now private residences. Expect to walk two miles over a period of about 1.5-2 hours. The tour will take place light rain or shine.

What's in a Name?

Thursday, July 29 @ 7pm on Zoom

Lake County’s rich tapestry of history is woven into the very fibers of its place names.  With over 500 place names associated with the county’s communities, this presentation delves into the origins of names in terms of the individuals and events that influenced them.

We're delighted to have Sarah Salto of the Bess Bower Dunn Museum present this unique program on Zoom.

Image Credit: Bess Bower Dunn Museum


Map Stories: The Hidden History in the Maps of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff

On display 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 the first automobiles. Stop by for a chance to see the history of our community through a different vantage point. History Center exhibits are free of charge.

Museum hours are TU-TH 10am-4pm and SAT 1-4pm. History Center members may arrange a private viewing on a day of your choosing by calling 847-234-5253 or contacting Alex Schneider at aschneider@lflbhistory.org.


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