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.

The Katherine Bell Hale Gallery

Named for local artist and devoted History Center board member Katie Hale, the gallery is wonderful addition to our museum offerings. A variety of exhibits curated by the History Center, or on loan from other institutions, fill the space at different intervals throughout the year. Each new exhibit is celebrated with an opening reception.

View a list of current exhibits below.

What's On Now

Twenty in the 20s: A Century of Change

Come learn how life was both similar and vastly different for young women of the last century. The stories in this exciting new exhibit explore life in the 1920s and in 2020 through first person accounts (diaries/letters/essays), biographical profiles, and as it was/is covered in books, magazines, and media.

From roles and responsibilities to fashion, to the boundaries on aspirations, we look at the role of young women entering adulthood as it was envisioned by society in 1920 and how it is defined today.

Visit our digital exhibit to discover Twenty in the 20s online.

The Lobby Interactive Installation

Life in your 20s

Be part of the History Center's first community art installation. We're creating a collage of Lake Foresters and Lake Bluffers as "twentysomethings" through the decades. Take a walk down memory lane and send us a snapshot of you in your twenties. The images will be showcased in the lobby throughout the Twenty in the 20s exhibition. Be sure to stop by and check out our submissions so far! You can also participate in our poll of how life milestones in one's twenties have changed over time.

When you submit a photo, include your name, the year/your age in the photo, and why it encapsulates your twenties experience. Submissions can be emailed to