New Days. New Hours.

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 

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 styluses for touch screens
  • Staggered visitor entrance to gallery exhibit and permanent exhibit as necessary
  • Daily wipe down of all surfaces

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 The Chicago Tribune reported that “White elephants which have been hibernating in attics along the north shore” were dusted off and brought to tea at the Lake Road home of Mrs. D. Mark Cummings (pictured), to be sold at the Rummage Shop on Ohio Street in Chicago, for the benefit of the Children’s Memorial Hospital.

The poem featured on the invitation to the event (somewhat difficult to decipher in the digitized newspaper), read: “The Rummage Shop once had a Tea / It was a great event / In north shore family circles / For everybody went. / Each guest was asked to bring a gift / The Rummage Shop to aid / And from results there was no doubt / The Tea party had paid.”


#100YearsAgoToday The Chicago Tribune announced that Sylvia Shaw would be departing in August to study sculpture in Paris. Shaw, then 22, was the daughter of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw and poet Frances Wells Shaw. She had graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1918. She would spend the next year at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière studying sculpture with Antoine Bourdelle, who had been a student of Rodin. Sylvia Shaw (1897-1978) would go on to a successful, broad-ranged professional career, particularly noted for her garden pieces.


June in Bloom

#100YearsAgoToday Garden of Helen Shedd (Keith) Reed and Kersey Coates Reed, Lake Road. Ferruccio Vitale, landscape architect.


#JuneInBloom Garden at Camp Rosemary, Rosemary Road, pictured 1998. Residence originally built for John Taylor Pirie and Sophie Skirving Hunter Pirie; landscape architect Rose Standish Nichols. More recent garden design by Posy Krehbiel.


It's the last day of our GoFundMe campaign!

As we prepare for a soft reopening next week, please help us enter Phase 4 with our Covid-19 closure losses fully recovered. 

If you have already donated to our GoFundMe campaign, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you have not, please help us achieve our goal by donating today at 

We are excited to move forward and hope you'll attend our virtual programs or visit the museum this summer! 


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