Experience history in ways you never imagined.

The History Center will bring to life new aspects of the history of science, art and culture. In 2023 we will showcase the artistry and craftsmanship of miniature rooms, highlight the unique and deep-rooted history of African Americans in Lake Forest, and frame the science that shows us how two degrees of difference in temperatures separated today from the Ice Age.

Knowledge of the past can help inform our future. Let's explore together local history that hasn't been told before.

Join us in supporting all that the History Center does, with a year-end gift.

Your gift allows us to create award-winning exhibits, thought-provoking programs, and cutting-edge tours. Thank you for helping the History Center become the go-to place for experiencing history in imaginative and unexpected ways.

Make a Donation

Consider donating to the History Center in honor of someone who has everything this holiday season!

$500 helps fund virtual and on-site programming with engaging speakers from across the country.

$750 covers the cost of training volunteers to become docents for walking and biking tours.

$1,000 covers the cost of researching and developing new walking and biking tours.

$1,500 underwrites the Zoom fee for virtual programming.

$2,000 funds the purchase of archival storage materials to ensure our historic documents last another 100 years.

$3,000 pays for the printing of the panels for one of the History Center's upcoming exhibits.

$4,000 funds one semester for a student internship, which provides a project-based assignment for undergraduate and graduate students that require historical research using the archival materials at the History Center.

$5,000 will upgrade the audio/visual experience and provide livestream of in-person events.

$10,000 helps fund the yearly web-hosting fee for online exhibits.

$15,000 provides the entire funding for one of the upcoming exhibits: Deeply Rooted & Rising High: African Americans in Lake Forest and From Glaciers to Global Warming: 2 Degrees of Difference