Lake Forest Academy and Ferry Hall Archives

Lake Forest Academy and Ferry Hall Archives Our mission is to preserve and make available the historically valuable institutional records of Lake Forest Academy (1865-present) and Ferry Hall (1869-1974)

The Lake Forest Academy and Ferry Hall Archives contains correspondence, minutes, reports, yearbooks, publications, scrapbooks, photographs, video recordings,architectural plans, and artifacts from all eras of school history. The collection documents school life (academics, athletics, fine arts, student clubs) and administrative activities (Head of School actions, Board of Trustee decisions, faculty role, PR/development).

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Ferry Hall students enjoy a day at the beach, 1941
10/06/2020

Ferry Hall students enjoy a day at the beach, 1941

Arriving on campus for a new school year, fall 1945.
08/31/2020

Arriving on campus for a new school year, fall 1945.

LFA and Ferry Hall students meet on Calling Day, Fall 1966.
08/21/2020

LFA and Ferry Hall students meet on Calling Day, Fall 1966.

The Armour House on the cover of the Architectural Record, February 1916. The image was colorized and depicts the mansio...
06/08/2020

The Armour House on the cover of the Architectural Record, February 1916. The image was colorized and depicts the mansion in its original pink hue.

Ferry Hall graduation, 1937
05/29/2020

Ferry Hall graduation, 1937

Graduation ceremony on the old LFA campus, 1938
05/27/2020

Graduation ceremony on the old LFA campus, 1938

1924 Ferry Hall students gather for the "Usher Dance"-- an evening Commencement Day celebration attended by the graduate...
05/22/2020

1924 Ferry Hall students gather for the "Usher Dance"-- an evening Commencement Day celebration attended by the graduates, their ushers, and their parents.

Phone technology at the Academy in 1916!
05/07/2020

Phone technology at the Academy in 1916!

Happy May Day! Here's a look back at the Maypole Dance at Ferry Hall in 1943.
05/01/2020

Happy May Day! Here's a look back at the Maypole Dance at Ferry Hall in 1943.

School signs on the old Academy campus and Ferry Hall in the 1940's.
04/27/2020

School signs on the old Academy campus and Ferry Hall in the 1940's.

Ferry Hall and LFA students join together to watch a baseball game at the Academy, 1911.
04/21/2020

Ferry Hall and LFA students join together to watch a baseball game at the Academy, 1911.

Academy students prepare for the 1935 Mid-Winter Graphic and Manual Arts Exhibition.
04/17/2020

Academy students prepare for the 1935 Mid-Winter Graphic and Manual Arts Exhibition.

Robert Frost sits with Headmaster Harold Corbin and his wife Florie during his visit to LFA in October 1961. #NationalPo...
04/10/2020

Robert Frost sits with Headmaster Harold Corbin and his wife Florie during his visit to LFA in October 1961. #NationalPoetryMonth

The "Fire Company" at Ferry Hall in 1914 led their fellow students through periodic dormitory fire drills.
04/01/2020

The "Fire Company" at Ferry Hall in 1914 led their fellow students through periodic dormitory fire drills.

Ferry Hall Basketball Team, 1896.
03/09/2020

Ferry Hall Basketball Team, 1896.

LFA Senior Class, 1895
02/05/2020

LFA Senior Class, 1895

Ferry Hall students playing ice hockey, circa 1941.
01/24/2020

Ferry Hall students playing ice hockey, circa 1941.

Ferry Hall senior class, 1897.
01/17/2020

Ferry Hall senior class, 1897.

A view of the old LFA campus in winter 1896.
01/09/2020

A view of the old LFA campus in winter 1896.

Sketch from a 1901-02 yearbook of a Ferry Hall student dressed for cold weather.
12/10/2019

Sketch from a 1901-02 yearbook of a Ferry Hall student dressed for cold weather.

1972 Holiday Concert in Reid Hall with combined LFA and Ferry Hall student choir.
12/04/2019

1972 Holiday Concert in Reid Hall with combined LFA and Ferry Hall student choir.

A member of the LFA Video Club edits a videotape of a school production in 1986.
11/19/2019

A member of the LFA Video Club edits a videotape of a school production in 1986.

Picture published in a 1944 Alumni Spectator magazine of Captain William F. Amseden (class of 1901). During his time at ...
11/11/2019

Picture published in a 1944 Alumni Spectator magazine of Captain William F. Amseden (class of 1901). During his time at the Academy, Amseden was the first student to be called a "Bojack", which became a long-running nickname for freshmen or new students at LFA.

Study Hall in the Corbin Academic Center, 1969
11/08/2019

Study Hall in the Corbin Academic Center, 1969

LFA Cheerleaders, Fall 1993
10/21/2019

LFA Cheerleaders, Fall 1993

Celebrating the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Ferry Hall this weekend!  Here is a sketch of the original building from...
09/20/2019

Celebrating the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Ferry Hall this weekend! Here is a sketch of the original building from the first school catalog of 1869 and a photograph of students standing outside the building around the early 1880's.

Back to School in early 1970s.
08/23/2019

Back to School in early 1970s.

Move Up Day at Ferry Hall, 1969
05/31/2019

Move Up Day at Ferry Hall, 1969

Flag raising at Ferry Hall, 1941. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
05/24/2019

Flag raising at Ferry Hall, 1941. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Ferry Hall students pose in outfits representing various eras from the school's history in honor of the 1969 Centennial.
05/21/2019

Ferry Hall students pose in outfits representing various eras from the school's history in honor of the 1969 Centennial.

Field Day at Ferry Hall, May 15, 1915.
05/15/2019

Field Day at Ferry Hall, May 15, 1915.

Baseball game in front of the gymnasium on the old LFA campus, spring 1941.
05/07/2019

Baseball game in front of the gymnasium on the old LFA campus, spring 1941.

Happy May Day!Photograph of Ferry Hall Students dancing around the Maypole on campus, early 1900's.
05/01/2019

Happy May Day!

Photograph of Ferry Hall Students dancing around the Maypole on campus, early 1900's.

1965 Spring Dance fun!
04/29/2019

1965 Spring Dance fun!

A beautiful day outside Reid Hall in 1973.
04/24/2019

A beautiful day outside Reid Hall in 1973.

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1500 W. Kennedy Rd.
Lake Forest, IL
60045

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