Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum

Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum is a state of the art history museum located in downtown Grayslake.
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The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum represents years of planning and cooperation. Working together, the Village of Grayslake and the Grayslake Historical Society opened the new facility on August 15, 2010. This state of the art history museum features multiple exhibition galleries, a classroom, a community room, archives and collections storage. It incorporates the original Village Hall, a former one-room school house moved to the site and expanded in 1895.

Until you can come visit us again, we're going to meet you online and outside. We've installed our first pop-up exhibit ...
04/30/2020

Until you can come visit us again, we're going to meet you online and outside. We've installed our first pop-up exhibit in the courtyard, a reprisal of our 2018 exhibit "Where the Fun Grows" about the Grayslake Park District.
Check it out on your next walk! Please be sure to practice safe social distancing and keep 6' apart.

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04/29/2020

Thank you for taking and sharing our survey! We're working on a follow up to the #MusuemAlphabet we finished last week. We need to get outside and take pictures, but it's been a leeeetle wet out there...

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04/28/2020

Turns out, being stuck at home = making history.
Please help us preserve this moment in Grayslake’s history by sharing your experiences. You know you want to let it all out! Answer one or all the questions in our survey then share the links with friends and family.

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Many of Grayslake’s bars had giveaways for customers, including matchbooks and coasters. Be sure to come see these and o...
04/27/2020

Many of Grayslake’s bars had giveaways for customers, including matchbooks and coasters. Be sure to come see these and other Grayslake artifacts in our Prohibition exhibit when we reopen!

04/24/2020

Maintaining a social life and keeping in contact with one’s friends has always been important throughout history. How are you keeping in contact with your friends these days?

Day 26: Z is for Ziegler DriveThank goodness we weren't stumped for a Z word! Dr. A.W. Ziegler was listed in a 1891 busi...
04/24/2020

Day 26: Z is for Ziegler Drive
Thank goodness we weren't stumped for a Z word! Dr. A.W. Ziegler was listed in a 1891 business directory and was likely Grayslake's first dentist, but Ziegler Drive was named for Paul Ziegler, who owned land along the street.
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Day 25: Y is for YearbookThis copy of the "The Emerald" from 1947 is on permanent display. Grayslake's first high school...
04/24/2020

Day 25: Y is for Yearbook
This copy of the "The Emerald" from 1947 is on permanent display. Grayslake's first high school, Grayslake Community High School, opened in 1946. The building wasn't completed with the school year began, so classes were held throughout town including at Village Hall, which is now the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum.
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Day 24: X-ingPlans originally called for the Wisconsin Central Railroad to run through Hainesville, not Grayslake*. Hain...
04/24/2020

Day 24: X-ing
Plans originally called for the Wisconsin Central Railroad to run through Hainesville, not Grayslake*. Hainesville was the larger of the two communities, so Grayslake residents went there to "go to town" for supplies. The train's arrival in Grayslake changed that dynamic, and Grayslake's growth soon outpaced Hainesville's.
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Did you know that many bars before Prohibition did not offer stools or seating for customers? Customers were expected to...
04/20/2020

Did you know that many bars before Prohibition did not offer stools or seating for customers? Customers were expected to stand and rest their feet on a foot rail beneath the bar. Seating began to be offered to women, who were increasingly accepted as regular patrons, beginning after Prohibition.

Day 23: W is for Wilbur Lumber CompanyThe Wilbur Lumber Company was one of the first businesses to follow the railroad l...
04/20/2020

Day 23: W is for Wilbur Lumber Company
The Wilbur Lumber Company was one of the first businesses to follow the railroad line to Grayslake. They set up shop along the railroad tracks near Seymour Avenue and Center Street. Today you can visit Village Center Commons, a park with a water fountain and exhibit panels with Grayslake history by that same site.
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Day 22: V is for VillageOn May 9, 1895, men from the area arrived at the Thomson brothers’ hardware store on Center Stre...
04/20/2020

Day 22: V is for Village
On May 9, 1895, men from the area arrived at the Thomson brothers’ hardware store on Center Street (in a building that once sat next what is the The Yoga Effect today) to vote on whether Grayslake should incorporate. The measure passed, and Grayslake officially became a village. This year, 2020, marks Grayslake’s 125th anniversary! The Celebrate Grayslake 125 banners are up and we hope to have more fun in store later this summer.
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Day 21: U is for UndertakerFor more than 120 years, the Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium Ltd. has operated in Graysla...
04/20/2020

Day 21: U is for Undertaker
For more than 120 years, the Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium Ltd. has operated in Grayslake. The business called Center Street home from 1899 until 1958, when they moved the current location on Belvidere. In 2011, Westerfield Place was given the honorary name "David Strang Parkway" in recognition of David Strang and the business's long-standing impact on the community.
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04/17/2020

In newly-settled frontier areas of the United States, early settlers may not have had any nearby neighbors or seen anybody other than their own family for weeks or months at a time. What is an activity that you do with your family to keep busy and have fun during the current pandemic?

Day 20: T is for TrainsGrayslake's first train depot was built in 1886 with the arrival of the Wisconsin Central Railroa...
04/16/2020

Day 20: T is for Trains
Grayslake's first train depot was built in 1886 with the arrival of the Wisconsin Central Railroad. Railroad access brought growth and buildings popped up one by one, creating our downtown. 9 years later (1895), Grayslake officially became a village.
The Grayslake Feed Sales Inc. property is where the first train depot once stood.
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Day 19: SToday you can place orders at Somethings Brewing inc and The Gift of Games, but this brick building has its roo...
04/15/2020
Grayslake Historical Center and Museum | The Annex

Day 19: S
Today you can place orders at Somethings Brewing inc and The Gift of Games, but this brick building has its roots as a blacksmith shop built by William Pester in 1916. Look for the small blacksmith forge and brown tri-fold board in the virtual tour of the Annex to see more about blacksmithing in Grayslake. Note: the photograph in the middle of the brown tri-fold board is the Pester Blacksmith shop. Do you think it looks like the interior of Somethings Brewing?
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While Grayslake had voted itself dry in 1916, banning the sale of alcohol, soda was still allowed. P. E. Hildebrandt, a ...
04/15/2020

While Grayslake had voted itself dry in 1916, banning the sale of alcohol, soda was still allowed. P. E. Hildebrandt, a Grayslake resident, had a Coca-Cola bottling operation on his property in the mid-1920s. This advertisement shows his intent to supply Grayslake’s stores with locally-bottled Coca-Cola.

Day 18: R is for Room RentalHoping to host a small gettogether later this summer?(Aren't we all??)The Heritage Center ha...
04/14/2020

Day 18: R is for Room Rental
Hoping to host a small gettogether later this summer?
(Aren't we all??)
The Heritage Center has a Community Room with a small kitchenette available for rent to Grayslake residents. The fee is a freewill donation. To take a virtual tour or learn more, visit:
Virtual Tour
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Rental Information
https://il-grayslake2.civicplus.com/436/Facility-Use

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Day 17: Q is for QuarantineThis story from Grayslake's history has taken on new meaning: During the 1916 election, Grays...
04/11/2020

Day 17: Q is for Quarantine
This story from Grayslake's history has taken on new meaning: During the 1916 election, Grayslake's Dr. Palmer was accused of temporarily lifting a scarlet fever quarantine on patients who were going to vote “dry” while refusing to let his pro-“wet” patients out of the house. If he did, it worked—Avon Township went dry in 1916, prohibiting the sale of alcohol before nationwide prohibition in 1920.
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04/10/2020

Many people consider food to be a source of comfort and find cooking to be a good way to connect to their family’s past. What is your favorite food to eat or dish to make with your family?

Day 15: O is for Opera HouseMost people imagine a fancy theater, but Grayslake’s Opera House was in a building on Center...
04/09/2020

Day 15: O is for Opera House
Most people imagine a fancy theater, but Grayslake’s Opera House was in a building on Center Street that has Twisted Burger Grayslake and Dance Connection today. The “Opera House” was a true community center that hosted meetings, plays, card parties, graduations, and other events on the second floor for more than fifty years.

Bonus Fun Fact: When the annual Fireman’s Dance was held at the Opera House, it could get packed with so many people that the floor had to be reinforced from below.
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Day 14: N is for NewspaperGrayslake has been home to many newspapers. The longest running was the Grayslake Times, 1905 ...
04/09/2020

Day 14: N is for Newspaper
Grayslake has been home to many newspapers. The longest running was the Grayslake Times, 1905 to 2003. Back issues of the Grayslake Times are used for research when creating new exhibits. The ads can be just as useful as the articles! For example, after Prohibition, Grayslake required taverns to sell food as well as alcohol. These ads from the 1930s show bars complying with the new law.
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Day 13: M is for MoviesIn 1889 George Thayer opened what was likely Grayslake’s first saloon. During Prohibition, the bu...
04/07/2020

Day 13: M is for Movies
In 1889 George Thayer opened what was likely Grayslake’s first saloon. During Prohibition, the building was transformed into the Star Theatre, where local ladies played the piano to accompany silent movies. After Prohibition, the building went back to being a bar (Bill's Tavern) and has been a bar ever since. On your next visit to Charlies, pay attention to the floors. They still slope slightly downward, a subtle tribute to the movie theater that called the building home during the 1920s.
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L is for Last ChanceThe Last Chance Saloon was a Grayslake favorite for more than twenty years. When it closed its doors...
04/06/2020

L is for Last Chance
The Last Chance Saloon was a Grayslake favorite for more than twenty years. When it closed its doors in 2012, the restaurant’s iconic memorabilia made its way into private homes and public buildings. In this 3-D tour of the Annex building behind the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum, you will see the Cowboy that once stood on Center Street outside the Last Chance.

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Day 11: K is for KeysYou know the keys you keep hanging on to even though you have no idea what they're for? Sometimes t...
04/06/2020

Day 11: K is for Keys
You know the keys you keep hanging on to even though you have no idea what they're for? Sometimes those keys get donated to a museum. This container of keys was taken from one the Grayslake Gelatin buildings before the factory was demolished in 2016. The keys are labeled for padlocks, a control panel, and other parts of the facility.

To see this item in person, visit "Sounds, Smells, and a Smokestack: Remembering Grayslake Gelatin" when the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum reopens.
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Day 10: J is for Jones IslandMembers of the Grayslake Park District Board went to inspect the property that would become...
04/06/2020

Day 10: J is for Jones Island
Members of the Grayslake Park District Board went to inspect the property that would become Jones Island Park on May 16, 1965. It was nearly 11:00 pm, so they toured the area by moonlight. The following month the board passed a resolution to purchase the land, and soon after Jones Island became Grayslake’s first public park.
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Travelers in the 1800s were often only able to take what they could fit in a trunk. What is one item that you wouldn’t b...
04/03/2020

Travelers in the 1800s were often only able to take what they could fit in a trunk. What is one item that you wouldn’t be able to make it through this time without? Tell us about it or post a picture!

Day 8: H is for HotelThe Grayslake Hotel was located on Center Street in what is now Cross Country Mortgage. The alleywa...
04/03/2020

Day 8: H is for Hotel
The Grayslake Hotel was located on Center Street in what is now Cross Country Mortgage. The alleyway to the right of the hotel led to the stables--that's why Freds Diner​ is narrower than the buildings on either side of it.

Bonus fun fact: The owners of the Grayslake Hotel got in trouble with the law for providing booze during Prohibition.

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Grayslake has been home to a number of different bars and saloons since its incorporation. These bars, past and present,...
04/03/2020

Grayslake has been home to a number of different bars and saloons since its incorporation. These bars, past and present, have been marked on a map in our newest exhibit, “Grayslake Bars & Prohibition.” Do you see any names missing from our list?

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04/02/2020
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Day 7: G is for Grayslake Gelatin CompanyBecause it had to be! You can still see the smokestack from the Grayslake Gelat...
04/01/2020

Day 7: G is for Grayslake Gelatin Company
Because it had to be! You can still see the smokestack from the Grayslake Gelatin Company in Gelatin Park, next to Central Park. The smokestack reads "Grayslake" on one side and "Gelatin" on the other.
Bonus fun fact: If you look carefully on the west side of the stack, you can see the letters WCMCo. The Wisconsin Condensed Milk Company used this smokestack years before the Grayslake Gelatin Company bought the factory.
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When the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum opens again, visit the exhibit "Sounds, Smells, and a Smokestack: Remembering Grayslake Gelatin" to learn more.

Day 6: F is for Find 🔍Can you find all of the Grayslake words in this word search? If you need a hint or the answer shee...
03/31/2020

Day 6: F is for Find 🔍
Can you find all of the Grayslake words in this word search? If you need a hint or the answer sheet, let us know.
Hint: There are two bonus words not listed. One is a school and one is a road.
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Address

164 Hawley St
Grayslake, IL
60030

Opening Hours

Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

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(847) 543-1745

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join us for a woodwind quintet concert this Sat. at 2pm - reception to follow :)
Story on line and should be in the paper tomorrow or Friday.