Learning from history | Larry Potash, WGN-TV Anchor and Executive Producer, Backstory

Our fundraising campaign kicks off today with a few words of support from Lake Forest resident, and long-time friend of the History Center, Larry Potash. 

Our GoFundMe campaign is your chance to help, right now.

This is a one-time, special ask to help the History Center recover lost revenue caused by the coronavirus shutdown. Per the governor's orders, our doors remain closed during Phase 3. Your donation will help us bridge the gap and allow us to continue providing valuable resources and support to our wonderful community of students, educators, researchers and residents. 

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#100YearsAgoToday Lake Forest hosted a rally of supporters for the presidential candidacy of Herbert Hoover at Anderson Hall (upper floors above present-day Walgreen’s at Deerpath and Western).

Hoover had come to national renown as the head of the U.S. Food Administration during World War I, when, as the local committee mentioned in its endorsement, “He touched every American home and won every American woman to believing in him, because through him she did her great part of helping to win the war.”

Hoover’s support for issues like a minimum wage, 48-hour workweek, and eliminating child labor gave him appeal for progressives (who at the time crossed party lines). Though he had just served under a Democratic president, Hoover was relatively unaffiliated with both parties. He chose to run as a Republican, thinking that any Democrat faced a tough road in 1920. However, he failed to gain very much traction in the primary (in Illinois he managed less than 1% of the vote), even out west, where he’d live much of his early life.

Hoover supported the Republican nominee Warren G. Harding and went on to serve as Harding’s Secretary of Commerce.


#100YearsAgoToday Memorial Day weekend kicked off the polo season at the Onwentsia Club. At the time, Onwentsia had a national reputation for polo excellence. According to a 1920 article in Country Life in America, “No other organization west of Meadowbrook [Polo Club in Old Westbury, NY] can claim more right to renown as a polo capital than Onwentsia.”


A Candid Look at Covid-19


Carol Summerfield talks about our innovative Covid-19 exhibit to an audience of more than 200 museum leaders.

Many of you have contributed to our digital exhibit "300 Photos in 30 Days: A Candid Look at Covid-19." Your participation is called "crowdsourcing" (by some!) and our Executive Director, Carol Summerfield, explains how it's done in this impressive webinar with Chris Cummings, Founder of Pass It Down. More than 200 museum executives attended the webinar to learn from the History Center's visionary example and ask questions about how to start their own crowd-sourced Covid-19 exhibit. Watch the webinar here. View our one-of-a-kind exhibit here.


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