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.

Do & See

Planning a visit to the History Center soon? You'll find everything you need for an enjoyable visit.

The History Center offers a wide variety of programs and events, some right here in the Center and others out and about our historic communities.

There are interactive exhibits to capture the minds and imaginations of visitors of all ages. Try out our storytelling booth, Studio 509, or listen to recordings made by others to preserve their recollections of their hometown.

Plan Your Visit

Get information on our location, parking, public transportation, and more.

Programs & Events

Register for upcoming events or just browse our event calendar.

Exhibits

Learn about our permanent exhibit and see what's currently on display in the Katherine Bell Hale Gallery.

Studio 509

Check out our soundproof recording booth, where you can tell your own story of life in Lake Forest/Lake Bluff.

Book a Talk

Plan your own event with one of our staff members.

Centennial Awards

Find out how to nominate your family or business for a Centennial Award.