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

Thank you for your support as we continue to preserve and celebrate local history

$25 – Helps purchase acid-free storage boxes to store fragile artifacts in the archives located in the Research Center.

$50 – Defrays the cost of shelving for one-of-a-kind artifacts in the Research Center.

$100 – Helps train a docent for walking tours.

$250 – Helps defray the cost of an engaging program speaker.

$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: Holiday Miniature Trains and From Glaciers to Global Warming: 2 Degrees of Difference.