Our Annual Report

We began 2020 as a vibrant museum: hosting a sold-out Burns Supper, a packed Trivia Night and our first-ever Valentine's Day cabaret. Then the coronavirus pandemic rocked our world and life as we knew it completely shut down.

Read the story of a quick pivot that enabled the History Center to continue to engage members and the public in local history in several new ways--view our 2020 annual report below.

The 2021 annual report will be available for viewing in April 2022.


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March 29, 2022

History Center Receives AHA Grant for Telling Local African American History

March 15, 2022

History Center Maps Exhibit Receives Award

August 10, 2021 Lake Forest Love Blog Post

Sharing Stories, Understanding the Past: Welcome to the History Center

August 3, 2021

Announcing our 2021 Local Legend

July 21, 2021

Explore the MacLean Map Collection

July 13, 2021

Tour the Gardens at 900 and Elawa Farm

June 30, 2021

Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac: Then and Now

June 9, 2021

Opening Night of Map Stories and Discussion of 1857 Map of LF

May 25, 2021

Our Interurban Bike Tour is Back!

May 10, 2021

Deerpath thru the Decades: Teeing off with Fred Jackson and Don Pierson

April 28, 2021

Stories from the Clayton Mark House 

April 21, 2021

John Wasik, Katherine Saville and Fred Jackson Share History!

April 6, 2021

Civil Rights Trail Guide & Lincolnomics Coming Up on Zoom

March 30, 2021

Try our Docent-Led Walking Tours

March 4, 2021

Explore the History of Vaccines & Photo Contest Reception

February 24, 2021

Get Ready to Go Places with a History Center Membership (Membership Drive Kicks off on March 1)

February 10, 2021

History Center Wins Award for Covid Response

January 27, 2021

Trivia Night is Back and Virtual!

December 3, 2020

Introducing the Holiday Collection

November 11, 2020

Students Help Create Video to Tell our Story of 2020

November 10, 2020

Veteran's Day Program with Dr. Kroger + Paul Bergmann on the Architecture of Stanley D. Anderson

November 5, 2020

American Wars: A Crucible for Medical Advances

November 4, 2020

Tonight Polo and Chinese Pop Culture | Tomorrow Edith the Rogue Rockefeller McCormick

October 21, 2020

Rethinking Suffrage 2020

October 14, 2020

Last Chance to Enter Photo Contest + FLY GIRLS and Triangle Park Walking Tour

October 8, 2020

Brush up on your local history with a tour of historic Market Square this Saturday

October 2, 2020

Book a Private Walking Tour and Rethinking Suffrage 2020

September 28, 2020

Facing School 2020: New exhibit documents the historic return to school + Modern in the Middle with Susan Benjamin

September 25, 2020

A Legendary Night, Private Tours, Photo Contest Advice + 4 Spots Left for Crab Tree Farm

September 18, 2020

Last Day for Well Wishes and Sponsor Tributes + TWIH Episode 19 and More

September 15, 2020

Local Legends The Thinker  + Market Square, Crab Tree Farm Tours and More

September 9, 2020

Tie One On With Gene!

September 8, 2020

Modern in the Middle, Fly Girls, Edith Rockefeller McCormick

September 4, 2020

Checkout our new newsletter format and today's headlines

September 2, 2020

Crab Tree Farm Tour Tickets Now Available!

September 1, 2020

Local Artists Display Local Scenes at History Center

August 28, 2020

Lasker Tour Tomorrow, Celebrating Gene Hotchkiss and More Friday Fun!

August 25, 2020

Arts Stroll + Walking Tours + Photo Contest and More

August 21, 2020

Triangle Park Tour + This Week in History Episode 15 and more

August 18, 2020

Market Square Walking Tour + #GolfersLife and More

August 14, 2020

Walking Tours + Photo Contest + This Week in History Episode 14

August 12, 2020

Special Edition: Announcing our 2020 Local Legend

August 11, 2020

Announcing Photo Contest + Walking Tours

August 7, 2020

Step back in time with three, new history walking tours

August 4, 2020

History of Boy Scouting in LFLB and Introducing our New Series #GolfersLife

July 31, 2020

Tonight! Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers on the Big Screen + TWIH Episode 12

July 28, 2020

Vern and Irene Castle Film Screening + Lake Road House Walking Tour and More

July 24, 2020

This Week in History Episode 11  + 100 Years Ago Today and More 

July 21, 2020

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle + More!

July 17, 2020

Tonight! Great Gatsby on the Big Screen + Last Chance for Sidewalk Sale DEALS (Includes ThisWeekinHistory Episode 10)

July 14, 2020

This Week: Obituary Writing, Sidewalk Sale + The Great Gatsby at Gorton!

July 9, 2020

Register Today for Fine Art of Obituary Writing & Vintage Films at Gorton (Includes ThisWeekinHistory Episode 9 and Sidewalk Sale)

July 6, 2020

The Great Gatsby & New Perk for Silver Members and Above (Includes #100YearsAgoToday and CoolerbytheLake)

July 3, 2020

Obituary Writing, Vernon and Irene Castle, Sidewalk Sale + much more! (Includes This Week in History Episode 8, #100YearsAgoToday and Independence Day Memories)

June 30, 2020

We're Opening One Week From Today! (Includes #100YearsAgoToday and June in Bloom)

June 26, 2020

Save the Dates: Fine Art of Obituary Writing and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Includes This Week in History Episode 7, #100Years Ago Today and June in Bloom)

June 23, 2020

Read About our Summer Reopening Plans (Includes #100YearsAgoToday and June in Bloom)

June 19, 2020

Watch the David Sweet Book Talk Recording (Includes This Week in History Episode 6, #This Week in History, June in Bloom)

June 16, 2020

David Sweet Book Talk: Three Seconds in Munich and More (Includes Telephone Directories Online, #100YearsAgoToday and June in Bloom)

June 12, 2020

NEW! Walking Tour: The Iconic Houses of Lake Road, Lake Forest (Includes This Week in History Episode 5, #100YearsAgoToday and June in Bloom)

June 10, 2020

A Note from our Executive Director, Carol Summerfield (Includes June in Bloom, #100YearsAgoToday, David Sweet book talk promo, Dogs on the Bluff)

June 8, 2020

Three days can make all the difference (Includes Rebecca Graff testimonial, #100YearsAgoToday and David Sweet book talk promo)

June 5, 2020

We're halfway there--thank you for helping us record history! (Includes the History of Vaccines, Recording History--Market Square Protest, This Week in History Episode 4, #100YearsAgoToday)

June 3, 2020

See your GoFundMe donation at work (Includes Ken Smith testimonial, HC teaching modules and at-home kids activities, #100YearsAgoToday)

June 1, 2020

Our GoFundMe Campaign Begins Today! (Includes Larry Potash testimonial and video of Carol Summerfield talking about our innovative Covid-19 exhibit to an audience of more than 200 museum leaders, #100YearsAgoToday)

May 29, 2020

This Week in History and More Friday Fun! (Includes This Week in History Episode 3, #100YearsAgoToday)

May 27, 2020

Hear how a centennial business (Lake Forest Flowers) spreads love and joy despite the challenges of Covid-19 (Includes Choose your LF Quarantine House, Virtual Happy Half Hour, #100YearsAgoToday, Candid Look at Covid-19)

May 22, 2020

LFC 2020 Graduate Tucker Strang shares his documentary on his local family history (Includes Scots of Chicago's North Shore book for sale, This Week in History Episode 2, #100YearsAgoToday)

May 18, 2020

Covideos | Stories from the front lines: NMLFH doctors share their insights (Includes interviews with Drs. Randy Orr, Jill Holden and Stephen Ganshirt)

May 15, 2020

This Week in History Episode One, plus more Friday fun from the History Center (Includes Dave Grinnell on Membership, #100YearsAgoToday)

May 12, 2020

David Forlow talks about his new book "Scots of Chicago's North Shore" (Includes Fred Wacker MayDays memory, #100YearsAgoToday)

May 8, 2020

Covideos | Local World Languages Teacher describes e-learning (Includes MayDays Ralph Behrens, A Candid Look at Covid-19, #100YearsAgoToday)