Lakes Region Historical Society

Lakes Region Historical Society The Lakes Region Historical Society, preserving the rich history of Antioch and the Chain O' Lakes area. Donations graciously accepted.


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The Lakes Region Historical Society was formed in 1973 and continues to preserve the rich history of Antioch and the Chain O' Lakes area. The MUSEUM is located at 817 Main St. and is open Saturdays from 11-3, March through December. The MEETING HOUSE MUSEUM is located at 977 Main st. and is open the first Saturday of the month and on other Saturdays for Special Exhibits, please see Website for additional information. The LASCO ARCHIVE CENTER is located at 965 Main St. and is open the first Saturday of the month and Monday-Wednesday, other times by appointment. The Archive Center is the repository for photos, maps, family histories, postcards, newspapers and many more resources for family and local history. Help is available for genealogists, even if their families did not come from the Chain O' Lakes area. Private tours are available for all of the facilities and The Meeting House is available for private functions.

Anastasia's Restaurant & Sports Lounge
04/05/2019

Anastasia's Restaurant & Sports Lounge

In loving memory of Gerald Wayne Ellis 💙🙏🏼💙

As Veteran's Day approaches, we should ALL remember...
10/19/2018

As Veteran's Day approaches, we should ALL remember...

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In spite of the weather, 400 people came through the car yesterday! YOU still have time. The car will be here through Su...
09/04/2018

In spite of the weather, 400 people came through the car yesterday! YOU still have time. The car will be here through Sunday, September 9. Hours are 9 am until 6 pm. Admission is $5.00 with proceeds going toward restoration of the 1892 school house museum. Even the President popped in over the weekend!

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ATTENTION EVERYONE!!THE UNADORNED LINCOLN FUNERAL HAS ARRIVED!
08/25/2018

ATTENTION EVERYONE!!
THE UNADORNED LINCOLN FUNERAL HAS ARRIVED!

It's OFFICIAL!! The 2015 LINCOLN FUNERAL CAR is on its way to Antioch!!!
08/21/2018

It's OFFICIAL!! The 2015 LINCOLN FUNERAL CAR is on its way to Antioch!!!

If you would like the answer, come to Antioch, Illinois between August 25 and September 9, 2018. The car will be open to...
08/16/2018

If you would like the answer, come to Antioch, Illinois between August 25 and September 9, 2018. The car will be open to visitors from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm with groups of 20 or more scheduled between 10:00 am and noon. It is a beautiful coach and you will not want to miss it!

One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “Who used the stateroom aboard the Lincoln Funeral Car?” Come see us at Lakes Region Historical Society this summer and find out!

EXTRA! EXTRA! PLEASE READ IMPORTANT MESSAGE BELOW ABOUT THE "LAST FULL MEASURE" SHOWS!
08/12/2018

EXTRA! EXTRA! PLEASE READ IMPORTANT MESSAGE BELOW ABOUT THE "LAST FULL MEASURE" SHOWS!

08/12/2018

NEWS FLASH! Tickets for the LAST FULL MEASURE show on Sunday, September 2 at Antioch High School, at 7:30 pm show, will ALSO be sold at the funeral car ticket booth beginning, August 25 at 9:00 am. The Monday, September 3, PM&L Theatre matinee tickets will be sold on their website and at the door. PLEASE NOTE that the PM&L event IS AT 2:00 pm NOT at 1:30 pm. We don't want anyone to miss it! TICKETS WILL BE IN BIG DEMAND. PLEASE plan accordingly. We're looking forward to seeing you in Antioch!

Here are a few more interesting facts about the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Car! It weighs 67,000 pounds and is 48 feet long, 1...
08/10/2018

Here are a few more interesting facts about the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Car! It weighs 67,000 pounds and is 48 feet long, 13 feet high and 9 feet wide. It consists of 3 rooms. Two parlors, one at each end, with a stateroom in the center and a narrow hallway down one side. There are two spear style heaters, one in each corner on opposite sides. And there is even a lavatory!

WONDERFUL NEWS!  PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN, FRITZ KLEIN, will be in Antioch on September 2 and 3rd!Along with viewing th...
08/04/2018

WONDERFUL NEWS!
PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN, FRITZ KLEIN, will be in Antioch on September 2 and 3rd!

Along with viewing the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Car on Labor Day Weekend, visitors to Antioch will be treated to Civil War reenactors, cannon fire, and a free band concert given by the Regimental Volunteer Band of Wisconsin in the bandshell adjacent to the rail car on Saturday afternoon, September 1 at 1:30 pm. Another wonderful addition to the weekend will be two performances given by renowned actor Fritz Klein. Mr. Klein has portrayed Abraham Lincoln on the History Channel and National Geographic Channel, as well as being "Springfield, Illinois' Lincoln." We are very fortunate that Mr. Klein will perform, "LAST FULL MEASURE" written by Ken Bradbury--a moving perspective from Lincoln's point of view, on what may have transpired in the President's mind while he lay dying that fateful night of April 14th, 1865. The performances will be given on Sunday, September 2, at 7:30 pm at the Antioch Community High School Auditorium, 1133 Main Street. Tickets will be $10.00 and will be available at the door. On Monday, September 3, Mr. Klein will perform at the PM&L Theatre, 877 Main Street in Antioch. This will be a matinee at 2:00 pm. Tickets for the PM&L production will also be $10.00 and will be available through the PM&L box office. For additional information on the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Car event, the Regimental Volunteer Band Concert, or Fritz Klein's appearances as Abraham Lincoln, please call 847-395-1166 or 847-395-4912 and leave a message. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Car will be open for visitors daily from 9 am until 6 pm from Saturday, August 25 through Sunday, September 9. Antioch is full of wonderful shops and restaurants. Come and spend a day or two with us!

The carpeting on the car is wool and was woven on a jacquard loom by Family Heirloom Weavers, David and Patrick Kline, o...
07/27/2018

The carpeting on the car is wool and was woven on a jacquard loom by Family Heirloom Weavers, David and Patrick Kline, of Red Lion, Pennsylvania. It is a mid-nineteenth century pattern they named McLean House as it is identical to that which was used in the restoration of the McLean "Surrender" farmhouse at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia.They also created a coverlet especially for the railcar! The first attached photo, shows the gentleman from Family Heirloom Weavers who came to Illinois to do the installation as it is no ordinary carpet and is very difficult to install! The long, 36 inch wide strips which come off of the loom had to be HAND SEWN when pieced together!! You can literally, step back in time when you walk through the car! Come and see for yourself!

Here is another bit of information on the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Car! The original car was lost in a prairie fire in Minne...
07/22/2018

Here is another bit of information on the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Car! The original car was lost in a prairie fire in Minnesota in 1911. This replicated car was created after studying all of the available photographs taken in 1865. The color is 100% accurate as at the time of the fire, a window had been removed for repair. Dave Kloke, with the assistance of Dr. Wayne Weslowski, was able to obtain a chip of original paint off of the window. This chip was then sent for analysis and the EXACT color was recreated! AMAZING! You can see what the thousands of mourners saw in 1865!

Did you know that the wheels on a train are called "trucks"? Lincoln's rail car, United States, had four sets of trucks ...
07/05/2018

Did you know that the wheels on a train are called "trucks"? Lincoln's rail car, United States, had four sets of trucks as the rail gauge was not standardized at this time and this would allow the car to operate on existing tracks throughout the country. Here is a photo of one of the trucks on the car. Each truck was built of 76 pieces!

Time for another peek at the Lincoln Funeral Car!
06/27/2018

Time for another peek at the Lincoln Funeral Car!

Time for a 2015 LINCOLN FUNERAL CAR teaser!This is but a tiny bit of what you will see inside the car which will be in A...
06/19/2018

Time for a 2015 LINCOLN FUNERAL CAR teaser!
This is but a tiny bit of what you will see inside the car which will be in ANTIOCH, ILLINOIS from August 25 through September 9, 2018!! It is SPECTACULAR! COME TO ANTIOCH and TAKE A TOUR! On Saturday, September 2, there will be a concert in the bandshell performed by the REGIMENTAL VOLUNTEER BAND OF WISCONSIN! It will be a concert of Civil War Era Music, given by Civil War Reenactors playing Civil War Era Instruments! You won't want to miss any of it! For additional information, see event listing, call 847-395-1166, or message us here on Facebook!

Last night General Grant, Wayne Issleb, and his Chief of Staff, Wayne Carle, escorted LRHS President Betty Ann and Ainsl...
06/12/2018

Last night General Grant, Wayne Issleb, and his Chief of Staff, Wayne Carle, escorted LRHS President Betty Ann and Ainsley to the Antioch Village Board Meeting. We all wanted to let the Village know how much we appreciate their sponsorship of the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Car event August 25 through September 9! Be sure to join us!

UPDATE....it is ONLY 75 days until the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Car arrives in Antioch!
06/10/2018

UPDATE....it is ONLY 75 days until the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Car arrives in Antioch!

05/15/2018

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN--WE ARE VERY TO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE LINCOLN FUNERAL CAR WILL BE IN
ANTIOCH, ILLINOIS
AUGUST 25-SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

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02/14/2018

CELEBRATING ANTIOCH, ILLINOIS, PAST AND PRESENT can be purchased at Antioch Village Hall, Antioch Chamber of Commerce, State Bank of the Lakes, Heartland Bank, Hannah's, Wilmot Heritage Antiques, Village Thrift Shop, Antioch Trains and Hobbies, Selina's Secrets, Great Lakes Antique Boutique and at the Schoolhouse museum when it reopens in March. The book contains 228 pages of photos and history...many never published previously! You will enjoy time traveling in town!
Books are $30.00 and can be mailed for an additional $6.65 cents! "Bits" of pages will be published on Facebook over the coming weeks to show you that you will want to purchase the entire book! Enjoy!

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12/16/2017

Santa has a lot of books to share. Find yours when shopping in Antioch!

12/16/2017

Santa says every family should have one!

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11/23/2017

For all of our Facebook friends who would like their copy of CELEBRATING ANTIOCH, ILLINOIS PAST AND PRESENT mailed to them, here are the postage costs: MEDIA MAIL (takes one week) $5.00. For FASTER PRIORITY FLAT RATE (1-3 DAYS) $6.65 added to the book cost of $30.00. Please send checks to: Lakes Region Historical Society, 965 Main St., Antioch, IL 60002. Books will be mailed by following day (unless Sunday). And don't forget that any additional year end donation to the Lakes Region Historical Society is TAX DEDUCTIBLE and GREATLY APPRECIATED!

START SPREADING THE NEWS!CELEBRATING ANTIOCH, ILLINOIS PAST AND PRESENT HAS ARRIVED!
11/23/2017

START SPREADING THE NEWS!
CELEBRATING ANTIOCH, ILLINOIS PAST AND PRESENT HAS ARRIVED!

11/12/2017

Please help get the word out....your Christmas shopping will be done in a Jiffy!

Could it be? YES, it could!!!The Antioch 125th photo book, CELEBRATING ANTIOCH, ILLINOIS, PAST AND PRESENT will be avail...
11/12/2017

Could it be? YES, it could!!!
The Antioch 125th photo book, CELEBRATING ANTIOCH, ILLINOIS, PAST AND PRESENT will be available in 3 weeks!! JUST IN TIME FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! The bound volumes contain 228 pages of black and white Antioch photos and the modern view in color with a brief history. It includes early documents, newspaper articles, and early Antioch facts! The photos include aerial views, water views, exterior and interior store views and street scenes, all for the price of $30.00! (postage extra). You will be able to purchase your books at the Schoolhouse Museum on Saturdays and at the Meeting House on days to be announced once the volumes are in hand. If any questions, please message us through Facebook. The Lakes Region Historical Society is very pleased to produce this photo history for the 125th year of Antioch's incorporation. We know that whether you, your ancestors, or your friends lived in Antioch, you will find this is a wonderful gift to give! Enjoy! Merry Christmas!

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The History Blog » Blog Archive » The 1st photographs of a total solar eclipse
08/21/2017
The History Blog » Blog Archive » The 1st photographs of a total solar eclipse

The History Blog » Blog Archive » The 1st photographs of a total solar eclipse

It’s been far too long since I indulged in a theme post. As total eclipse of the sun mania has struck the US, I’m jumping on the bandwagon too. The subject covers three of my favorite obsessions: the history of photography, the history of astronomy and historical firsts, all accompanied by that grea...

07/18/2017
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We honor all service men and women. Today we honor those who gave "the last great measure of devotion". Thank you for your service, God speed.

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN: All 16 victims of the military plane crash in Mississippi were identified. Join us in thanking these men in uniform for their service. Rest in peace. http://7ny.tv/2tUs78m

07/02/2017
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Village of Antioch
06/24/2017

Village of Antioch

4TH OF JULY PARADE GRAND MARSHAL ANNOUNCED

The Village of Antioch is pleased to announce that Ainsley Brook Wonderling has accepted the honor of leading the annual Independence Day Parade as the Grand Marshal on July 4, 2017. As Antioch celebrates 125 years of incorporation this year, thousands of spectators will gather to take a trip through history with this year’s theme “Traveling Through the Generations”. The parade will be broken into 5 distinct generational divides: Greatest Generation (pre - 1945), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Generation X (1965-1979), Generation Y “Millennials” (1980-1995) and Generation Z (1996-2010).

Who better to lead the Independence Day Parade “Traveling Through the Generations” than our local historian, Ainsley Wonderling. Ainsley serves as the manager and operator of the Lakes Region Historical Society, charged with preserving the rich history of Antioch and the Chain O’ Lakes area. Ainsley was born and raised in Antioch, and was the daughter of local legend Janet and William “Bill” Brook, namesake for the William E Brook Memorial Wetlands. For the 125th Anniversary Celebration, the Lakes Region Historical Society will be hosting “Shapeshifting Silhouettes” on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday through the month of July from 11-4pm. This event will feature ladies attire from the 1820’s to the 1970’s. They will also offer a coloring book and the Antioch Past & Present book of photos to commemorate this momentous occasion.

For the latest information on the 4th of July festivities, and 125th Celebration, please visit the Village of Antioch website at www.antioch.il.gov, and visit our page.

Ingleside Dog N Suds celebrates 50 years in same family
06/24/2017
Ingleside Dog N Suds celebrates 50 years in same family

Ingleside Dog N Suds celebrates 50 years in same family

When it's time to make the root beer, Roy Miller goes downstairs into a small, dark basement. Just like his dad did 50 years ago, Miller adds sugar, water and a special mix into a huge vat. It gets stirred and then piped upstairs through a special carbonation machine. From there, it gets poured...

Village of Antioch
06/24/2017

Village of Antioch

Come join us on June 25th for the Grand - Reopening of the Centennial Park.

Be sure to find your way to this magical event!
06/06/2017

Be sure to find your way to this magical event!

Seeking all Wizards, Witches and Muggles who live a "charmed" life. Antioch, IL will be gathering spot for a weekend of Wizarding Fun. Grab your broom, grab a portkey, take the Floo Network, or transport yourself to Antioch for this Magical Weekend.
Plans are being conjured for many spell binding activities for all ages.
June 17-18, 2017, Downtown Antioch, IL

Antioch Junior Woman's Club
05/01/2017

Antioch Junior Woman's Club

Reserve your seat for Thursday May 18. In celebration of Antioch's 125th Birthday, the Antioch Junior Woman’s Club will host a Luncheon and Fashion Show. The Luncheon which will be held at Docker’s North. The Luncheon highlights a “Decades of Dresses” Fashion Show. Featured dresses from the past will be modeled among the guest while providing descriptions of each outfit. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Doors open at 11:30 am and Lunch will be served at Noon followed by the Fashion Show. For information call 847-395-2233. Tickets are also available from Antioch Junior Woman’s Club Members.

Antioch's 125th Anniversary Celebration
03/16/2017
Antioch's 125th Anniversary Celebration

Antioch's 125th Anniversary Celebration

The Village of Antioch will celebrate its 125th year anniversary 2017. Antioch was incorporated on February 29, 1892

FACEBOOK FRIENDS and ALL who might have an interest in the MYSTERIOUS HISTORY OF BLARNEY ISLAND....the event is tomorrow...
09/21/2016

FACEBOOK FRIENDS and ALL who might have an interest in the MYSTERIOUS HISTORY OF BLARNEY ISLAND....the event is tomorrow night, Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 pm at the Meeting House Museum, 977 Main St., Antioch. Admission and parking are FREE. There are many curiosities about Blarney and you can learn about ALL of them!!! For example....who were "Shorty" and Jack O'Connor and what is THAT BIRD!!! PLEASE JOIN US! WE look forward to seeing you there!

Here are a few examples of Charles R. Childs images!  Fabulous and clear....a real looking glass back in time! We hope t...
06/22/2016

Here are a few examples of Charles R. Childs images! Fabulous and clear....a real looking glass back in time! We hope that you can attend this terrific program!

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977 Main St
Antioch, IL
60002-1534

METRA station within 2 1/2 blocks

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For additional information and photos, please visit our website: www.lakesregionhistory.org or call: 847-395-4912. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to your visit!

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