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.

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.

https://3droomscapes.com/3d-model/grayslake-historical-society-the-annex/skinned/

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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?

When did you realize this coronavirus was going to significantly impact your life and what did you do next? What is the ...
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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Day 5: E is for ElectionIn 1914, women voted in a Grayslake election for the first time. There were 3 open seats on the ...
03/31/2020

Day 5: E is for Election
In 1914, women voted in a Grayslake election for the first time. There were 3 open seats on the Village Board, and 6 people in the running. Three were “wet” and three were “dry.” The wets won.
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Day 4: D is for DoctorsDuring Prohibition, doctors were allowed write a prescription for alcohol. This "guaranteed medic...
03/31/2020

Day 4: D is for Doctors
During Prohibition, doctors were allowed write a prescription for alcohol. This "guaranteed medicinally pure" bottle was prescribed to a patient in Milwaukee, WI on New Year’s Eve in 1929. #MuseumAlphabet #GrayslakeBarsandProhibitionExhibit

Day 3: C is for Coca-ColaThis home next to Light the Lamp Brewery once held a Coca-Cola bottling facility in its carriag...
03/31/2020

Day 3: C is for Coca-Cola
This home next to Light the Lamp Brewery once held a Coca-Cola bottling facility in its carriage house. To this day, people collect old Coca-Cola bottle caps with "Grays Lake, ILL" on them. #MuseumAlphabet Visit Grayslake

In the 1920s, fashion was much different than today. We often think of a “Roaring ‘20s” flapper dress as a normal garmen...
03/27/2020

In the 1920s, fashion was much different than today. We often think of a “Roaring ‘20s” flapper dress as a normal garment for women of the time, but dresses like these were more typical of everyday clothing. #MuseumatHome

These dresses and other artifacts relating to America’s turbulent Prohibition era are waiting for you when “Grayslake Bars and Prohibition” when we reopen.

Day 2: B is for BellThis bell in front of the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum is from @StAndrewGrayslake. On your nex...
03/27/2020

Day 2: B is for Bell
This bell in front of the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum is from @StAndrewGrayslake. On your next walk, you can visit this artifact outside and continue on to Lake Street to see the church where it once rang. #museumathome #museumalphabet

In Colonial America, alcohol was everywhere. Without proper water treatment systems, it was considered to be a healthy a...
03/27/2020

In Colonial America, alcohol was everywhere. Without proper water treatment systems, it was considered to be a healthy alternative to water, which could be unsafe from bacteria.
Did you know there was more beer than water loaded on to the Mayflower? #MuseumAlphabet #Day1

You're stuck inside, we're stuck inside. Let's make the best of it! Starting today, we're creating a #MuseumAlphabet. We...
03/26/2020

You're stuck inside, we're stuck inside. Let's make the best of it! Starting today, we're creating a #MuseumAlphabet. We'll post one letter a day showing part of an exhibit or our building.
Our latest temporary exhibit is called "Grayslake Bars & Prohibition". Bet you can't guess what A is for...

We love our local businesses! ❤️ So many amazing Grayslake businesses are highlighted in our exhibits and support the He...
03/26/2020

We love our local businesses! ❤️ So many amazing Grayslake businesses are highlighted in our exhibits and support the Heritage Center. Shop local (online or place an order over the phone) then turn in your receipts to the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce for a chance to win their #CommunityStrong Contest.

As we continue to support local businesses during this time, the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce has launched the #CommunityStrong Contest that will take place over the next 30 days (until April 23rd)! The rules are easy:

-Collect six receipts from Grayslake businesses. These receipts cannot be from the same business. Purchasing gift cards and shopping on-line count!
-After you have collected your six business receipts you can email them to [email protected] or mail them to P.O. Box 167 Grayslake. Make sure to include your name and phone number. Deadline is April 23rd at noon.
-First place will win $500, Second place will win $250 and Third place will win $100!
-The drawing will be on April 24th at 1:00 PM - all winners will be notified.
-You can start all over again once you have another six receipts.

For any questions, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at [email protected] or at 847-223-6888.

We love seeing fellow museums go viral! The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has purportedly left their head of...
03/25/2020
Cowboy Museum Security Guard Tim Is the Best Thing on Twitter Right Now

We love seeing fellow museums go viral! The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has purportedly left their head of security in charge of their social media accounts...

"Hello, my name is Tim and I am the head of security for The Cowboy. I have been asked to take on the additional duty of social media management while the museum is closed. I’m new to this but excited. My team will also continue to protect and monitor the museum. Thanks, Tim Send"
— Nat'l Cowboy Museum (@ncwhm) March 17, 2020

Read More: Cowboy Museum Security Guard Tim Is the Best Thing on Twitter | https://tasteofcountry.com/cowboy-museum-security-guard-tim-tweets/

National Cowboy Museum security guard Tim isn't social media savvy, but he's trying his best.

Did you know that alcohol used to be prescribed as medicine even during Prohibition when all other alcohol consumption w...
03/22/2020

Did you know that alcohol used to be prescribed as medicine even during Prohibition when all other alcohol consumption was outlawed?

Do you have a package of gelatin in your cupboard? Then you have edible paint. Do you have kids that need entertaining i...
03/18/2020
Easy To Make Jello Paint

Do you have a package of gelatin in your cupboard? Then you have edible paint. Do you have kids that need entertaining in your home? This may do the trick!
Pro Tip: You can put the powder in several cups, each with a different water: Jell-O ratio to change the consistency (and make the project last longer).

Once we reopen, visit us to see "Sounds, Smells, and a Smokestack: Remembering Grayslake Gelatin" so learn more about Grayslake's gelatin company.

https://www.childcareland.com/home/jello-paint

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03/17/2020

Hey Grayslake! Some museums have begun streaming tours of their exhibits or posting fun history facts about buildings in town. While we're closed to the public, what would you like to see from us online?
Let us know and we'll see what we can do!

03/13/2020
03/06/2020
Make Slime!

Join us on Saturday, March 7 for Make Slime! Workshop

The Grayslake Historical Society will be presenting "Prohibition, Before and Beyond: A Boozy History of Grayslake", an i...
03/05/2020

The Grayslake Historical Society will be presenting "Prohibition, Before and Beyond: A Boozy History of Grayslake", an interesting talk on the history of Grayslake's past connections with Prohibition and how this fits with its rich modern-day bar scene.

Listen to Historical Society member Jane Trump on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 PM at the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum.

02/29/2020
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Visit Grayslake

Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd Annual Shop'n'Swirl Wine Walk! Tickets are available: https://tickets.beerfests.com/event/shopnswirl

More Vendors, More Wine & More Fun!!!

Check out the video below from last years wine walk!

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Does this building look familiar? If you have been to the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, then you may recognize i...
02/24/2020

Does this building look familiar? If you have been to the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, then you may recognize its unique profile.

Before becoming a museum, this building served as Grayslake's village hall, a library, a jail, and many other roles throughout its history. Find out more at "Embracing Change: The Growth of Grayslake," the museum's permanent exhibit on Grayslake's history.

Have you ever wondered about how much alcohol people consumed during Prohibition? This handy graph shows how drinking ha...
02/20/2020

Have you ever wondered about how much alcohol people consumed during Prohibition? This handy graph shows how drinking habits changed over time in the United States. Temperance movements began in the 1830s and have continued into the modern day.

We're working on a fun event for families next month with our friends at Busy Brains Children's Museum… We'll give you t...
02/12/2020

We're working on a fun event for families next month with our friends at Busy Brains Children's Museum… We'll give you two hints:
Gelatin
Science

"Grayslake Bars and Prohibition" is now open! Adults can learn where you could get booze illegally during prohibition an...
02/08/2020

"Grayslake Bars and Prohibition" is now open! Adults can learn where you could get booze illegally during prohibition and kids can play with 1920s era toys and dress up clothes

It's the day we've all been waiting for! The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum will unveil its newest exhibit, "Graysla...
02/08/2020

It's the day we've all been waiting for! The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum will unveil its newest exhibit, "Grayslake Bars and Prohibition", tomorrow, February 8 at noon. The first 50 visitors will get a Prohibition-themed prize to take home. We hope to see you there.

So a bar walks into a museum...A HUGE thank you to Bella Vie Studio for this amazing photo!! Our exhibit "Grayslake Bars...
01/30/2020

So a bar walks into a museum...
A HUGE thank you to Bella Vie Studio for this amazing photo!! Our exhibit "Grayslake Bars and Prohibition" opens next Saturday and we can't wait for you to see this pre-Prohibition bar scene installed by Signarama.

Before the Grayslake Gelatin Company used its factory to produce gelatin for distribution across the United States, the ...
01/30/2020

Before the Grayslake Gelatin Company used its factory to produce gelatin for distribution across the United States, the Wisconsin Condensed Milk Company operated at the same location before selling the buildings to the Grayslake Gelatin Company.

Learn more about the story of the Grayslake Gelatin Factory and other historic Grayslake locations at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum!

Did you know that there used to be an outdoor drive-in theatre in Grayslake? The theatre was in business from 1949 until...
01/27/2020

Did you know that there used to be an outdoor drive-in theatre in Grayslake? The theatre was in business from 1949 until 1998. Learn more about how Grayslake grew and changed in "Embracing Change", the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum's permanent exhibit on Grayslake's local history.

Did you know that gelatin can be used for more than just the sweet and fruity desserts that we are accustomed to making ...
01/23/2020

Did you know that gelatin can be used for more than just the sweet and fruity desserts that we are accustomed to making today? Check out this blast from the past and arrange your own gelatin recipe at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum's gelatin exhibit!

With the end of December, our Giving Trees display is being taken down to make room for our next exhibit, Grayslake Bars...
01/11/2020

With the end of December, our Giving Trees display is being taken down to make room for our next exhibit, Grayslake Bars and Prohibition.

Come visit the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum starting at 12:00 PM on February 8 to learn all about local bars and connections to Prohibition!

We announced our Grayslake Giving Trees winners on Friday!  Congratulations to:Grayslake Arts Alliance, Best of Show | G...
01/06/2020

We announced our Grayslake Giving Trees winners on Friday! Congratulations to:
Grayslake Arts Alliance, Best of Show | Grayslake Greenery Garden Club, Most Popular | Mothers Trust Foundation, Most Creative | Saint Gilbert Catholic School, Team Spirit | Grayslake Lions Club, Best Illustration of Theme

Thank you for your beautiful trees and all that you do for our community!

01/03/2020

A BIG thank you to The Gift of Games and Tekhni for being the last two judges to evaluate this year's Grayslake Giving Trees display! The winners will be announced this afternoon 🌲🏆

01/02/2020
Little Women Movie

Have you seen the movie "Little Women"? On Saturday, January 18 you can Meet Louisa May Alcott as portrayed by actress and historical Leslie Goddard. Learn about Alcott's life and writing "Little Women"

A story of life, of hope, of sisters. #LittleWomenMovie now playing in theaters.

Join the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 28 as we pay homage to Grayslake's own d...
12/26/2019

Join the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 28 as we pay homage to Grayslake's own downtown mascot, a wandering turkey! Families can listen to a reading of "The Town Turkey" and do a turkey-themed activity.

The winners of the Holiday Window Competition Downtown Grayslake have been announced! Thank you to everyone who particip...
12/21/2019

The winners of the Holiday Window Competition Downtown Grayslake have been announced! Thank you to everyone who participated and voted!

We #luvGrayslake! Thank you to the amazing businesses that participated in this year’s @Holiday Window Competition Downtown Grayslake! We tallied more than 2,400 votes online and in person this year, and the winners are…
@Glam Street Salon, Social Media Choice
@A Matter of Style, Community Choice

Be sure to visit our winners—and all of our participating businesses—to see their beautiful holiday windows!

Have you seen what some of Grayslake's downtown businesses looked like in years past? Flip the panels in "Embracing Chan...
12/20/2019

Have you seen what some of Grayslake's downtown businesses looked like in years past? Flip the panels in "Embracing Change" to see what has and hasn't changed!

Do you know how the Village of Grayslake got its name? Learn more about William Gray and other Grayslake settlers at the...
12/18/2019

Do you know how the Village of Grayslake got its name? Learn more about William Gray and other Grayslake settlers at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum!

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

Telephone

(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.