The museum and research center are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please enjoy browsing our collection, our online exhibit, and our new exhibits 300 Photos, 30 Days: A Candid Look at COVID-19 and Twenty in the 20s.

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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May 27, 2020                                                                                                                                                                  Covideos | Eileen Looby Weber of Lake Forest Flowers

May 22, 2020                                                                                                                                                                        LFC 2020 Graduate Tucker Strang shares his documentary on his local family history

May 18, 2020
Covideos | Stories from the front lines: NMLFH doctors share their insights

May 15, 2020
This Week in History, plus more Friday fun from the History Center

May 12, 2020
David Forlow talks about his new book "Scots of Chicago's North Shore"

May 8, 2020
Local teacher describes e-learning

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