We're delighted to announce a soft reopening on Tuesday, July 7!

New Days. New Hours. The museum will be open to the public Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-4pm and Thursdays from 10am-1pm. The Research Center will be open by appointment only. To make a research appointment email lstein@lflbhistory.org. 

Several Covid-19 prevention measures will be in place including: 

  • Face masks required of all visitors and staff
  • Hand sanitizer stations in Lobby and Education Hall and wipes for touch screens
  • Staggered visitor entrance to gallery exhibit and permanent exhibit as necessary
  • Daily wipe down of all surfaces
  • No on-site programming until the Fall

This will be our plan through the end of August, unless the situation with Covid-19 changes. We look forward to seeing you back at the History Center!



#100YearsAgoToday Local physician Dr. C. P. McCullough, resident of Sheridan Road, became himself the patient after a particularly enthusiastic golf swing by his wife, Priscilla Alden Price McCullough, on the third tee at Onwentsia. Presumably another party was found to perform the stitches.


#100YearsAgoToday The papers were full of accounts of the Iris and Peony Show, held at Gorton School under the sponsorship of the North Shore Horticultural Society. Members of the Garden Club of Illinois (as the Lake Forest Garden Club was known until 1921) organized the show and participated in the various exhibitions.

According to the Lake Forester, peonies “of exceptionally fine quality...were shown in abundance,” but the “iris exhibits, due to the hot weather preceding the show, were poorly filled, and hardly worthy of comment.” Prizes were awarded for other floral exhibitions, including in table decoration, flower arrangement, collection roses, trade exhibits, and others.

Tickets of admission cost 50 cents, and also included entrance to six local gardens: Mrs. Edward L. Ryerson (Havenwood); Mrs. Charles H. Schweppe (Mayflower Place); Mrs. James Viles (505 East Deerpath - near the current site of the History Center); Mrs. John T. Pirie (930 East Rosemary); Miss Newell (725 North Sheridan); and Mrs. Walter S. Brewster (Covin Tree, Green Bay Road).


June in Bloom

#JuneInBloom Garden of Charles Garfield and Ginevra Fuller King, Ridge Road. Howard Van Doren Shaw, architect.This was the childhood estate of Ginevra King, the Kings' daughter, who famously inspired some of F. Scott Fitzgerald's romantic heroines. Click here to read more on Ginevra.


#JuneInBloom Garden at Covin Tree, home of Walter S. and Katherine Lancaster Brewster, Green Bay Road. Olmsted Brothers, landscape architects; "Kneeling Girl" statue by Alfeo Faggi.

So far, we have reached 86% of our goal to recover $50K in lost revenue from the coronavirus shutdown. 

We aren’t alone in navigating gaps in revenue, or planning for an unknown future, but know that we are moving forward with a renewed focus on keeping our visitors healthy while staying engaged. We look forward to new ways of presenting programming, exhibits, and our stories. 

If you have already donated to our GoFundMe campaign, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you have not, please donate today at https://bit.ly/2XSFSE3 

Our GoFundMe page will stay up through the end of June. 

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