F. Scott Fitzgerald is Back in Lake Forest!

Join us for a special screening of The Great Gatsby at Gorton, July 17 at 7pm.

Before the film begins, Carol Summerfield, History Center Executive Director will share some brief cinematic history including F. Scott Fitzgerald's and Ginevra King's special connection to Lake Forest!

In this version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s elegiac novel, Robert Redford stars as self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, who uses his fortune to buy his way into Long Island society. Most of all, Gatsby wants to win back the love of socialite Daisy Buchanan. The attempt is ultimately doomed to failure. -Rotten Tomatoes

 Click here to register on the Gorton website.


A Member Perk!


The History Center is a proud new member of ROAM (Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums).

All silver level and above members of the History Center receive automatic ROAM benefits. 

Qualifying members of participating institutions receive:

  • Host institution’s member general admission price for at least two guests, plus any additional at the discretion of the host institution.
  • Host institution’s member shop discount.
  • Access to member-only events / lectures unless specifically restricted by host institution.
  • Member pricing for special events / lectures / exhibitions unless specifically restricted by host institution.

See the list of participating museums nationwide.

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#100YearsAgoToday The intersection at Deerpath and the railroad tracks has proved to be a navigational challenge for over a century. Fortunately no one was injured in this collision, though the Overland was totaled. (Photograph from a decade or so later also features a “badly smashed” car at the same locale.)


#100YearsAgoToday An eloping couple, just coming from their wedding in Waukegan, was caught speeding through Lake Forest by policeman Ferdinand Berghorn, patrolling on his motorcycle. Fortunately for the newlyweds, who were rushing to catch the train, local magistrate Henry Vickerman turned a sympathetic eye on the affair, and waived their fine. The speed was possibly warranted for another reason; when consulted by the Tribune reporter, the couple’s relatives sounded less than sanguine about the elopement.


Cooler by the Lake 


During the hot days of July we'll help you cool off with our new social media series "Cooler By The Lake." 

#CoolerByTheLake Dipping a toe in the water at the beach, c. 1990. From the Lake Forest Parks & Recreation department collection.


Welcome Back to Your Home for History!

Today marks the first day of our soft reopening. Our new days and hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-4pm and Thursday from 10am-1pm. Research requests are by appointment only. Please email lstein@lflbhistory.org to schedule an appointment.

Come view our Twenty in the 20s exhibit or check out what's new in our digital touch screens. We have styluses and hand sanitizer galore! And, don't forget your face mask. To see our COVID-19 precautions please click here. We look forward to safely welcoming you home!


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