Lake Villa Historical Society

Lake Villa Historical Society e-mail [email protected] to arrange other visits. Membership meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month (except Jan. &, July). Business meeting @ 6:30, program @ 7pm.
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The objectives of the Lake Villa Historical Society are to collect, preserve, study, interpret, and exhibit significant materials relating to the Lake Villa area and to provide related educational services for the purpose of increasing and enriching public knowledge. The acts of acquisition, accession and deaccession shall reflect the stated purposes.

Operating as usual

05/18/2021
It's membership renewal time! Membership fees are a vital part of our annual operation budget, They provide support for ...
03/16/2021

It's membership renewal time! Membership fees are a vital part of our annual operation budget, They provide support for our free programs, operating expenses, the museum, maintenance and storage of the collections, and Vintage Views newsletter to name a few. There are not residency requirements. We have members who live out of state and enjoy supporting LVHS and keeping up to date with all the events and programs offered throughout the year. Copies of the membership form can be found at :https://www.lake-villa.org/egov/documents/1613678895_82085.pdf

It's membership renewal time! Membership fees are a vital part of our annual operation budget, They provide support for our free programs, operating expenses, the museum, maintenance and storage of the collections, and Vintage Views newsletter to name a few. There are not residency requirements. We have members who live out of state and enjoy supporting LVHS and keeping up to date with all the events and programs offered throughout the year. Copies of the membership form can be found at :https://www.lake-villa.org/egov/documents/1613678895_82085.pdf

This.... from our Lake Villa District Library sounds very interesting.......
01/16/2021

This.... from our Lake Villa District Library sounds very interesting.......

If you're a fan of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, this program is for you! Mark your calendar for The Legends of Sun Records! Register at https://lvdl.libnet.info/event/4786300

Waukegan History Museum
01/15/2021

Waukegan History Museum

We are so sad to share that Beverly Millard, our long-time librarian, passed away on January 6. Bev started volunteering for the Waukegan Historical Society in 1989. She took on the role of librarian for our Research Library and spent at least 3 times a week there helping researchers from around the world. She especially enjoyed working with Waukegan High School students during history fair time. Bev received numerous awards and recognitions in her life including Waukegan Park District Volunteer of the Year, Illinois Parks and Recreation’s 2007 Citizen Volunteer of the Year, and the Jack Benny Arts & Humanities Award in 2019. We estimated that Bev had volunteered over 30,000 hours for us, but we know that number was low as she always took work home with her and would come in to help people by special appointment on days we were closed. Even during the pandemic, Bev was still collecting newspaper articles and obituaries to add to our archives. Beverly was an amazing woman, and her dedication, spirit, knowledge, and friendship will be truly missed.
https://congdonfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/3278/Beverly-Millard/obituary.html#tribute-start

01/06/2021

Learn a bit of local history by following the Lake Villa District Library and Monroe the Owl

Midwest Honor Flight
12/08/2020

Midwest Honor Flight

For all the fans of “It’s A Wonderful Life” and Jimmy Stewart. Just months after winning his 1941 Academy Award for best actor in “The Philadelphia Story,” Jimmy Stewart, one of the best-known actors of the day, left Hollywood and joined the US Army. He was the first big-name movie star to enlist in World War II.

An accomplished private pilot, the 33-year-old Hollywood icon became a US Army Air Corps aviator, earning his 2nd Lieutenant commission in early 1942. With his celebrity status and huge popularity with the American public, he was assigned to starring in recruiting films, attending rallies, and training younger pilots.

Stewart, however, wasn’t satisfied. He wanted to fly combat missions in Europe, not spend time in a stateside training command. By 1944, frustrated and feeling the war was passing him by, he asked his commanding officer to transfer him to a unit deploying to Europe. His request was reluctantly granted.

Stewart, now a Captain, was sent to England, where he spent the next 18 months flying B-24 Liberator bombers over Germany. Throughout his time overseas, the US Army Air Corps' top brass had tried to keep the popular movie star from flying over enemy territory. But Stewart would hear nothing of it.

Determined to lead by example, he bucked the system, assigning himself to every combat mission he could. By the end of the war he was one of the most respected and decorated pilots in his unit.

But his wartime service came at a high personal price.

In the final months of WWII he was grounded for being “flak happy,” today called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

When he returned to the US in August 1945, Stewart was a changed man. He had lost so much weight that he looked sickly. He rarely slept, and when he did he had nightmares of planes exploding and men falling through the air screaming (in one mission alone his unit had lost 13 planes and 130 men, most of whom he knew personally).

He was depressed, couldn’t focus, and refused to talk to anyone about his war experiences. His acting career was all but over.

As one of Stewart's biographers put it, "Every decision he made [during the war] was going to preserve life or cost lives. He took back to Hollywood all the stress that he had built up.”

In 1946 he got his break. He took the role of George Bailey, the suicidal father in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The rest is history.

Actors and crew of the set realized that in many of the disturbing scenes of George Bailey unraveling in front of his family, Stewart wasn’t acting. His PTSD was being captured on filmed for potentially millions to see.

But despite Stewart's inner turmoil, making the movie was therapeutic for the combat veteran. He would go on to become one of the most accomplished and loved actors in American history.

When asked in 1941 why he wanted to leave his acting career to fly combat missions over Nazi Germany, he said, "This country's conscience is bigger than all the studios in Hollywood put together, and the time will come when we'll have to fight.”

This holiday season, as many of us watch the classic Christmas film, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” it’s also a fitting time to remember the sacrifices of Jimmy Stewart and all the brave individuals who gave up so much to serve their country during wartime. We will always remember you!

Postscript:

While fighting in Europe, Stewart's Oscar statue was proudly displayed in his father’s Pennsylvania hardware store. Throughout his life, the beloved actor always said his father, a World War I veteran, was the person who had made the biggest impact on him.

Jimmy Stewart was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985 and died in 1997 at the age of 89.

-- Ned Forney, Writer, Saluting America's Veterans

11/13/2020
Lake County Forest Preserves

Lake County Forest Preserves

NOW on exhibit at the Dunn Museum—
"Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military"

Discover unique Lake County stories and explore women’s roles in the U.S. military.

Plan your visit: bit.ly/3ogyLl6

Veterans Day Facts
11/11/2020
Veterans Day Facts

Veterans Day Facts

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an

The Lake Villa Historical Society announces that after much consideration, the Historical Society Board has voted to can...
11/09/2020

The Lake Villa Historical Society announces that after much consideration, the Historical Society Board has voted to cancel Breakfast with Santa 2020. In this COVID environment, it was decided that it would be difficult to eliminate the risk of exposure for both the guests and volunteers, therefore we are taking the "better safe than sorry" approach this year. But as Frosty the Snowman would say, "We'll be back again someday!"

10/18/2020
www.lake-villa.org

Take a look at this “Landmarks of Lake Villa” presentation...

https://www.lake-villa.org/egov/documents/1603044992_32625.pdf

10/14/2020
Lakes Region Historical Society

A wonderful oral history lesson from one of Antioch Township's oldest residence.

We were very lucky a few weeks ago to have had the chance to interview, Jen Sodman, one of Antioch's oldest residents. She is such a joy and such a wealth of knowledge on all things Antioch! We plan to show you various clips from that interview over the coming weeks. But today's video introduces you to Jen as she talks about what it was like to go to school in Antioch many years ago. She talks about her early years attending Emmons, and moves on to talk about what it was like to go to Antioch Township High School as a senior in December of 1941 and attending school the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. I am honored to bring you Jen's stories...it was a day that I'll never forget.

Are you a female Lake County resident who has served or is serving in the military? 🎖 The Dunn Museum wants to highlight...
08/12/2020
Tell us your story

Are you a female Lake County resident who has served or is serving in the military? 🎖 The Dunn Museum wants to highlight your story in the Dunn Museum's next exhibition! In 200 words or less, tell us what inspired you to join the military. Include your name, rank, branch, dates served, and a photo.

Lake County Honor Flight
08/07/2020

Lake County Honor Flight

Today is #PurpleHeartDay. It commemorates those wounded or killed in action while serving in the Armed Forces. 💜

The Lake County Honor Flight would like to pay respect to Purple Heart recipients across the nation and thank them for their contributions to their country and service. 🇺🇲

Happy Independence Day
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day

Lake County Forest Preserves
06/13/2020

Lake County Forest Preserves

On June 12, 1924 one of the largest train robberies in United States history occurred near a railroad crossing between the town of Rondout and Buckley Road. 🚂 Learn more about the events surrounding the robbery and the ensuing mystery that remains in Lake County today with this video from the Dunn Museum: youtu.be/43ZGSWsBUc8 #MuseumFromHome

📽 Animated by Pat Bradley, 🗣 Narrated by Bill Kurtis

This is from the Lake Villa Historical Society Board of Directors ZOOM Meeting last night. The Covid-19 Pamdemic has pla...
05/19/2020

This is from the Lake Villa Historical Society Board of Directors ZOOM Meeting last night. The Covid-19 Pamdemic has placed restrictions on all meetings and gatherings. With the safety of our members and the public in mind, we have postponed our membership meetings and programs until restrictions have been eased. Our museum will also remain closed. Please continue to follow this page as we plan future programs, activities and document this historic pandemic. BE WELL!

05/08/2020
A new book tells the story of the WASPs, the first women to fly military airplanes

Large VE Day celebrations scheduled to take place this weekend were canceled due to the coronavirus, but a new book celebrates some of the unsung heroes of the U.S. war effort. Jan Crawford spoke to one of the women pilots who helped break down barriers by taking to the sky.

Large VE Day celebrations scheduled to take place this weekend were canceled due to the coronavirus, but a new book celebrates some of the unsung heroes of the U.S. war effort. Jan Crawford spoke to one of the women pilots who helped break down barriers by taking to the sky.

It's International Nurses Day. We thank nurses everywhere for all that you do to take care of us.
05/06/2020
Florence Nightingale

It's International Nurses Day. We thank nurses everywhere for all that you do to take care of us.

Often

Sharing from the Lakes Area Historical Society. Our communities have faced adversity in the past. We will get through th...
03/23/2020

Sharing from the Lakes Area Historical Society. Our communities have faced adversity in the past. We will get through this together.

This is not the first time Antioch residents have been ordered to "shelter in place." Almost 100 years ago, the scarlet fever epidemic spread through the Antioch community closing schools, churches, and public gatherings. Read the attached articles from the archives of The Antioch News to see how Antioch residents coped with the epidemic back then. Antioch has been through adversity before, and, together, we will get through this too.

We are closing our doors until further notice to minimize the coronavirus spread and proactively protect you and our vol...
03/19/2020

We are closing our doors until further notice to minimize the coronavirus spread and proactively protect you and our volunteers.
Correspondences can be sent to our email [email protected] or leave a message @ 847-721-2766
Be Well!

Thank you to Kim McCollum for your fun, informative & entertaining stroll down Lindenhurst's memory lane (also known as ...
02/19/2020

Thank you to Kim McCollum for your fun, informative & entertaining stroll down Lindenhurst's memory lane (also known as Beck rd)!

This is from Buzzfeed....In the 1910s, American suffragists would take advantage of holidays including Valentine's Day t...
02/14/2020
14 Wonderfully Sassy Vintage Valentines From Suffragists

This is from Buzzfeed....In the 1910s, American suffragists would take advantage of holidays including Valentine's Day to send postcards to politicians and loved ones advocating for votes for women.

14 February also happens to be the day that suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters in 1920. What could be more romantic than fundamental political rights?

All they wanted for Valentine's Day was votes for women. H/T to Renee Davidson at the League of Women Voters.

“Join us Feb. 18, at 7pm, at the Lindenhurst Village Hall, 2301 Sand Lake Rd. as we travel through time….Lindenhurst sty...
02/10/2020

“Join us Feb. 18, at 7pm, at the Lindenhurst Village Hall, 2301 Sand Lake Rd. as we travel through time….Lindenhurst style! The Lake Villa Historical Society is proud to present a special program highlighting the history of Lindenhurst. Where does that name come from? Why are there so many ‘Beck’ roads? What is really at the bottom of Lake Waterford? Through an interactive slide show presentation, amateur history buff Kim McCollum will guide us back in time to discover the fascinating details of our 64 year-old village. Afterwards, browse through a “pop-up” museum, full of Lindenhurst artifacts, memorabilia and photos. Refreshments will be served. Call Kim for more info at 847-356-8252.

Kim McCollum
Customer Service/Building Permit Coordinator
FOIA Officer

Village of Lindenhurst
2301 E. Sand Lake Rd.
Lindenhurst, IL 60046
847-356-8252

A program of interest
01/20/2020

A program of interest

So much fun at Breakfast with Santa 2019. Thank you Millie!
12/18/2019

So much fun at Breakfast with Santa 2019. Thank you Millie!

I’m so grateful to be part of this magical event. 🥰Thank you @lakevillahistorical for having me perform at your Breakfast with Santa, so much Joy flying around that mansion! 🎅🏻🤶🏼🎶💜Get your tickets early next year! #breakfastwithsanta #lehmannmansion #childrensmusic #ukuelechristmas #readalittlesingalittle #milliesmusicalstorytime #lakevillahistorical #alittlebehindonposting

Is your little "Cinderella" missing a shoe? This was found in the parking lot at the Lehmann Mansion after Breakfast wit...
12/17/2019

Is your little "Cinderella" missing a shoe? This was found in the parking lot at the Lehmann Mansion after Breakfast with Santa. Send us a message or call the Lake Villa Village Hall. 847 356 6100

Sharing his list with Santa
12/12/2019

Sharing his list with Santa

Lake Villa Historical Society's cover photo
12/09/2019

Lake Villa Historical Society's cover photo

12/07/2019

We are so excited to see everyone tomorrow! Please be mindful of your scheduled arrival times. We want all our guests to enjoy their time in the Mansion & visit with Santa. 🎄🎅

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223 Lake Ave PO Box 9
Lake Villa, IL
60046

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I lived in Lake Villa as a child. One special memory was Pete And Marys Tavern. (They were the nicest family, I remember the family get together with music from the old country and roasting lamb. They had small rental apartment units behind there, along the railroad tracks..where my Dad briefly lived. If anyone has stories or pictures would be appreciated. 🤗
What was the name of the restaurant in Lake Villa on Rt 59 that was a boat storage...it was owned by the Guidos