Research & Learn

Your Lake Forest/Lake Bluff history connection is one visit away. Visit us in person or online to discover community stories and access history resources like photos and archives, digital exhibits, and lesson plans.

Research Online

Discover history at your fingertips: you can access hundreds of stories in our digital exhibits, browse thousands of photographs in our online catalog, or use databases for research.

Visit the Research Center

Our Research Center provides a top-notch environment for researchers interested in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff history. With staff assistance, visitors can access thousands of photographs, documents, maps and reference materials.


Learn about our permanent exhibit, view our current temporary exhibit, and explore our past digital exhibits.

Centennial Awards

Find out how to nominate your family or business for a Centennial Award.

Teacher Resources

Use History Center materials in the classroom to create educational experiences for your students. Plan a field trip or visit to the museum.