Research Center

Looking for a quiet place to do some fact finding? Need help finding the right historical resources?

Visit our Research Center to work with our wide-ranging collections. Our staff specializes in providing historical resources and research assistance.

Visit the Research Center

Visit our Research Center and work with our wide-ranging collections. 

  • Discover facts about your home or property
  • Do genealogy and learn about your family‚Äôs past
  • Document the history of your business or organization
  • Study maps or photographs from bygone eras
  • Access books and articles on Lake Forest/Lake Bluff history

Make an appointment or submit your research question via the form below, by emailing, or by calling 847.234.5253.


The Research Center is open by appointment Tuesday through Thursday from 10am-4pm. 

It is located in the one-story building facing Washington Road behind the museum building.

PLEASE NOTE: All Research Center visitors must check-in first at the museum front desk in the main building (the former church). 

Use the form below to schedule an appointment for in-person research or to submit a research question to our museum staff.

Research Room Policies

Photocopies can be made when the condition of the original allows, for 10 cents per page. Taking photos with a phone camera is also generally permitted.

We have pricing options for scanning images in our collection and use of those images - inquire with staff.

For long-term research projects, a study carrel can be set up.

If you cannot visit the History Center in-person, we do charge a rate of $50/hour for members and $100/hour for nonmembers for more in-depth inquiries that take more than 30 minutes of staff time to be addressed. Call 847.234.5253 or email for more details.

Research Center Contact Form

Describe your research questions or topics – include all relevant names, dates, and addresses