The permanent exhibit is the culmination of a decade of planning and community conversations. The narratives here reflect the ceaseless commitment of the staff and the board to assist the ever-changing needs of the public, and work to develop relevant, community-focused stories that deliver quality educational experiences to the public.
The Hunter Family Education Hall
The permanent exhibit hall highlights people, places and events that tell the stories of American community-building, from Paleoindians to the newest residents and visitors of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.
With a stated goal to create local and regional history narratives that are inclusive and expansive, the History Center staff works to capture the stories of all the people who have come to and through this area.
The Virtual Exhibit
Hundreds of stories from our permanent exhibit are available online to browse from wherever you are. This collection expands every month, and you can contribute by sharing your own story, photos, and video online as well.
Also available digitally are stories from our thematic rotating exhibits: