Archive and Articles
Discover Lake Forest/Lake Bluff history through the 300+ stories on our digital exhibits – and add a story or photograph yourself to help expand our archive and tell our community’s story.
Browse through over 6,000 photographs from our museum collection.
Timeline of Lake Forest History
Highlights chronological milestones in Lake Forest’s past
Text from Lake Forest’s City Charter, approved in 1861, amended in 1869
Telephone Directories, 1900-1968
Transcriptions of historic Lake Forest/Lake Bluff telephone books; very helpful for genealogy or house history
Find all the Lake Forest alderman, city managers, treasurers, city marshals and mayors and their years of service
A database of genealogical information taken from petitions for membership and degrees for Lake Forest Masonic Lodge 1026. The database includes names, birthdates, professions, employers, and addresses for each of nearly 300 petitioners born before 1913. The original documents are largely from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and are available in our archives. (For petitioners born in 1913 or later – there are nearly 200 more – visit to access the complete database.)