A Phenomenal Resource for Distance Learning | Ken Smith, 5th Grade Humanities Teacher, Deerpath Middle School

The History Center's teaching modules have been a tremendous help to educators since the onset of the pandemic. Check out the many interesting module topics currently available for downloading from our website:

Middle School

Understanding Community
Using Primary Documents: Connecting History to the Present
Creating a Walking Tour

High School

Creating Oral Histories
Finding Bias in Primary Sources
Learning About Building Adaptation, Renovation, and Reuse

We also have several history-oriented activities to keep kids engaged over the summer. Design a family coat of arms or community flag together--interview a grandparent--and more:

What are you up to?
My home. My community.
Time travel writing prompt
Interview a Family Member or Friend
Let's Design a Community Flag! 
Create a Coat of Arms

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. 

Please forward this email to others who will help us through this crisis. Thank you so much for giving what you can.




#100YearsAgoToday The engagement of Lake Forester Alice Pritchard Bradley and Frederick T. Fisher was announced in the Chicago Tribune. The pair would marry in October 1921. The Bradley estate was located at 1414 Green Bay Road in Lake Forest, though at the time the family was traveling extensively (Alice and her father had recently returned from a several-month-long trip through Asia) and letting their summer residence. John Dorr Bradley was a partner at the Aldis & Co. real estate firm.


#100YearsAgoToday A Lake Forester article noted local car thefts, with a Cunningham touring car and a Dodge sedan both pushed out of Lake Forest garages. Timely as ever, local realtor and insurance provider John Griffith & Son (today’s Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors) ran this ad in the same issue.

Cars at the time were relatively easy to steal; most models were open, few had locks, and ignitions were not difficult to hotwire. Though some manufacturers were introducing keys, the number of key patterns was limited. By 1918, according to the FBI, “more than 27,000 motor vehicles were being stolen each year in 28 of the nation’s largest cities.” In fact, by 1920, it was estimated that nearly one-tenth of cars manufactured annually would be eventually stolen.


A Candid Look at Covid-19


Our first happy half hour was so helpful and fun, we're doing it again!

Join Carol Summerfield, History Center members and staff for a candid conversation about our museum's future.

WHEN: We'll see you on Thursday, June 4th. The virtual happy half hour will start at 4:30 pm via Zoom.

WHERE: In the comfort of your home 

WHO: Valued members of the History Center

WHAT TO EXPECT: An opportunity to provide your thoughts and opinions on reopening the museum, program ideas, and fundraising.

Be sure to RSVP today, we're excited to see you! We will send you the Zoom invitation once we receive your RSVP.

New to Zoom? No worries! Let's arrange a time to talk through how to download and use the free Zoom app. Contact Lisa at lfrey@lflbhistory.org.


Our quest for collecting photos continues

Lake Forest High School Honors the Class of 2020 | A front lawn salute to the graduating seniors 

Drive by and see this wonderful celebration of the Class of 2020 for yourself! The pictures only show sections of the hundreds of yard signs paying tribute to LFHS graduating seniors. Thank you for continuing to help us document a day in the life of Covid-19. Please send your photos of Phase 3 in our community to adayinthelife@lflbhistory.org. See what we've collected so far!


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