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Our Annual Report

2019 was a year of tremendous growth and innovation for the History Center. The biggest news of the year was the official kick-off of Studio 509, the History Center’s in-house recording studio.

Outside facility rentals became a new source of revenue and a way for different groups to get to know the History Center.

The Katherine Bell Hale Gallery showcased several exhibits and a variety of education initiatives and community collaborations brought people of all ages into the museum.

Please read the report for information on our many programs, exhibits, and initiatives in the past year.


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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)

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