Give & Join

Love history? There are so many ways you can help the History Center continue to preserve, share, and celebrate the stories of our community. Your support makes new initiatives, innovative research, educational outreach, community programs, and much more possible.

Membership is a fantastic and easy way to support the History Center and our work - plus you receive some pretty fabulous benefits.


If you live or work in Lake Forest or Lake Bluff, no matter east or west, longtime resident or newcomer, you are part of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff history. You belong here.


The History Center campus has engaging exhibits, state-of-the-art collection conservation, and exciting program offerings. With your help, we can do so much more.

Garden & Endowment Initiative

These walkable learning gardens will expand the ability for our community to come together and share something that celebrates the contributions we have made to American history.

Planned Giving

Now more than ever, it's time for a plan. Preserve your legacy and our history by joining the Chanticleer Circle.

Become a Sponsor

Connect with our members and gain more visibility for your business through program, event and exhibit sponsorships.


Our wonderful volunteers are the backbone of our organization in so many ways. From high school students to retired citizens, all are welcome at the History Center!

Local Legends Benefit

Each year we celebrate a "Local Legend," someone who has contributed significantly to our community and the world. Join us for this gala event.

Artifact Donations

Our museum collection is who we are: it’s the basis for our exhibitions, programs and research resources. We are always seeking new artifacts that tell compelling Lake Forest and Lake Bluff stories. Find out how to donate to the collection.