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.

10/30/2019
10/16/2019

Thanks to the Those were the days Radio Players for their entertaining Halloween themed program last night.🦇🎃🧟‍♀️

Our October Program and Meetingwill be held a the  NEW Lake Villa District Library 140 Munn Rd., LindenhurstOctober 15, ...
10/03/2019

Our October Program and Meeting
will be held a the NEW Lake Villa District Library
140 Munn Rd., Lindenhurst
October 15, 2019 at 7:00pm.

Members of the Lake County “Those Were the Days Radio Players” will present a live radio program reenactment complete with sound effects. Fans of old-time radio will enjoy Halloween themed shows that include Arch Obeler’s scary stories “The Dark”, one of his fans favorites and “Our Miss Brooks”. You will enjoy a form of social media common during the 1930’s and 40’s. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served. For further information, call 847-245-3929.

#packCedarAvenueThe first annual Celebration of Fall event is this Saturday from 2:00 to 7:00 on Cedar Avenue.  There wi...
09/16/2019

#packCedarAvenue

The first annual Celebration of Fall event is this Saturday from 2:00 to 7:00 on Cedar Avenue. There will be many activities for adults and children including;

Hay rides (new)
Pumpkin painting (new)
Bounce House
Face painting
Scarecrow making
Photo booth
Touch a truck
baseball/softball challenges
Kid's ring toss and baggo
Baggo tournament run by the Lake County Bagger's Association (Cash prizes available)
Car Show
Many local eateries
Alcohol is available for purchase
Three bands performing at once

All activities are free, with the exception of $3 for each pumpkin and the adult baggo tournament.

#packCedarAvenue

The first annual Celebration of Fall event is this Saturday from 2:00 to 7:00 on Cedar Avenue. There will be many activities for adults and children including;

Hay rides (new)
Pumpkin painting (new)
Bounce House
Face painting
Scarecrow making
Photo booth
Touch a truck
baseball/softball challenges
Kid's ring toss and baggo
Baggo tournament run by the Lake County Bagger's Association (Cash prizes available)
Car Show
Many local eateries
Alcohol is available for purchase
Three bands performing at once

All activities are free, with the exception of $3 for each pumpkin and the adult baggo tournament.

During the Celebration of Fall event, three bands will be playing during the course of the event. LVHS will also be part...
09/04/2019

During the Celebration of Fall event, three bands will be playing during the course of the event. LVHS will also be participating! Come join the fun!

Dave and Taro. https://www.facebook.com/daveandtaro/

Sid Simo. https://www.facebook.com/Sid-Simo-1806699272740720/

Ricky Orta Jr. https://www.facebook.com/rickyortajr

Please help us spread this word on this first time exciting event in Downtown Lake Villa.

During the Celebration of Fall event, three bands will be playing during the course of the event.

Dave and Taro. https://www.facebook.com/daveandtaro/

Sid Simo. https://www.facebook.com/Sid-Simo-1806699272740720/

Ricky Orta Jr. https://www.facebook.com/rickyortajr

Please help us spread this word on this first time exciting event in Downtown Lake Villa.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, 3rd Saturday Market of August and September have been cancelled. Vendors intere...
08/14/2019

Due to circumstances beyond our control, 3rd Saturday Market of August and September have been cancelled. Vendors interested in participating in the Village of Lake Villa's Fall Festival on September 21st please contact the village hall for info.

Lake Villa Historical Society's cover photo
08/13/2019

Lake Villa Historical Society's cover photo

Stop by and taste the award winning honey available at 3rd Saturday Market today
07/20/2019

Stop by and taste the award winning honey available at 3rd Saturday Market today

Come visit us at the 3rd Saturday Market at Lake Villa Train Station
07/20/2019

Come visit us at the 3rd Saturday Market at Lake Villa Train Station

3rd Saturday Market is held the 3rd Saturday of June, July, August & September at the Lake Villa Train Station 9am to 3p...
07/10/2019

3rd Saturday Market is held the 3rd Saturday of June, July, August & September at the Lake Villa Train Station 9am to 3pm

Lake County Board Member Dick Barr
06/29/2019

Lake County Board Member Dick Barr

I WANT YOUR HELP

Now that it is a certainty that the Forest Preserve will take up a discussion on Civil War Days, I truly want your stories. Your family histories, your family photos, that tell your family's history with the Civil War.

I want to hear about the families, the soldiers, the slaves. I want to hear about those who risked it all to escape the enslavement and those who risked it all to help them.

Black, white, indigenous, or any background.

Let's use this opportunity to not tell HIStory, yet OURstory.

I don't want a regurgitation of textbook accounts. Rather, I want your family's oral or written traditions.

Please share your stories, your letters and your photos.

While I continue to strongly condemn the President of the Forest Preserve's actions to unilaterally cancel Civil War Days without conversation, or approval of or notification to the remainder of the Board, I equally as strong support the learning experience that this situation can provide.

Let's have a conversation!

I want to finish with this: there will undoubtedly be accounts from both sides that don't gel with the common telling of history. That is ok. Let it be, move on, no fighting between folks on the accuracy of their stories. Besides giving me a better understanding of varying viewpoints, this is a lesson in sharing our experiences and learning from varying perspectives.

If bickering on this post rises to a level of disrespect, commenting on this post will be turned off, the post will be archived for public Access via FOIA, then the post will be deleted from Facebook.

Let's keep this conversation productive, please.

Please share this with your family and friends and community groups, ask them for their comments as well.

Village of Lake Villa
06/19/2019
Village of Lake Villa

Village of Lake Villa

Here are some great photos from Celebration of Summer in the Lake County Journal

3rd Saturday Market will be open soon! We have local free range organic eggs and loads of fresh fruit & veggies!  All pr...
06/15/2019

3rd Saturday Market will be open soon! We have local free range organic eggs and loads of fresh fruit & veggies! All proceeds support the Lake Villa Township Food Pantry. At the Lake Villa train station.

Reminder: Please call or email your RSVP if you wish to join us for this tour. Thank you
06/06/2019

Reminder: Please call or email your RSVP if you wish to join us for this tour. Thank you

Our June program
June 18th
1 pm - 3pm
RSVP by June 11th

Letter sent by President Truman prior to D-Day
06/06/2019

Letter sent by President Truman prior to D-Day

My friend Mark sent me this letter, his mother found it in his Grandfather’s files. He served in WWII. General Eisenhower sent this to the men who would be storming the beaches in Normandy on D-Day.

I’ve been thinking about it a lot. Could you imagine being the person who had to make that decision? Knowing how many would die as a result? But knowing that it had to be done. It’s been reported that Eisenhower wrote another letter taking responsibility for the decision if the operation would have failed. Thankfully, those brave men were successful.

We owe so much to them. Very thankful for their bravery and sacrifice.

photo by LVHS Board of Directors member  Joyce C Sweetwood Dever
05/30/2019

photo by LVHS Board of Directors member Joyce C Sweetwood Dever

Village of Lake Villa
05/30/2019

Village of Lake Villa

Remembering our veterans at the Memorial Day Parade. (Photos by Joyce Dever)

Our June programJune 18th1 pm - 3pmRSVP by June 11th
05/28/2019

Our June program
June 18th
1 pm - 3pm
RSVP by June 11th

How a Civil War general from Illinois established Memorial Day
05/27/2019
How a Civil War general from Illinois established Memorial Day

How a Civil War general from Illinois established Memorial Day

Moved by his wife's description of decorations on Confederate soldiers' graves, a Civil War general from Illinois is credited with establishing Memorial Day as a national holiday.

We had a lovely program celebrating special memories of our mom & grandmothers. Thank you all for sharing these special ...
05/23/2019

We had a lovely program celebrating special memories of our mom & grandmothers. Thank you all for sharing these special ladies!

Thank you to Diana Dretske for a very informative presentation on preserving our natural history. Here is some info on o...
04/17/2019
Jens Jensen The Living Green documentary

Thank you to Diana Dretske for a very informative presentation on preserving our natural history. Here is some info on one of the preventionists, Jens Jensen.

Jens Jensen The Living Green documentary about pioneering conservationist, landscape architect

Lake Villa Historical Society's cover photo
04/16/2019

Lake Villa Historical Society's cover photo

A few pictures from our SpringFest Expo booth.
04/16/2019

A few pictures from our SpringFest Expo booth.

More views from the St Patrick's Day Parade 2019
03/20/2019

More views from the St Patrick's Day Parade 2019

Lake Villa St. Pat's Day Parade 2019

Town Planner of Northern Illinois
03/20/2019

Town Planner of Northern Illinois

A little late but think of it as a Touch O'Green for the First Day of Spring! Lake Villa Tom Weber Lindenhurst Park District Village of Lindenhurst Lake Villa Township Lake Villa Fire Department "Lake Villa Days" Lake Villa Historical Society Lawn Doctor of Antioch-Waukegan Lindenhurst - Lake Villa Chamber of Commerce

Thank you Andrew Ringa for your very informative presentation of the History of Ringa Funeral Home.  EST. 1895 & FIVE ge...
03/20/2019

Thank you Andrew Ringa for your very informative presentation of the History of Ringa Funeral Home. EST. 1895 & FIVE generations WOW!

03/06/2019
The History of Daylight Saving Time

This Sunday.....

Every spring we set our clocks forward an hour, and every fall we set them back, but why? Before you "spring forward" an hour this weekend, learn the real story behind Daylight Saving Time.

Our February Meeting is tomorrow night! Join us for LAKE VILLA TRIVIA, 2nd addition.Business meeting begins at 6:30 pm, ...
02/18/2019

Our February Meeting is tomorrow night!
Join us for LAKE VILLA TRIVIA, 2nd addition.
Business meeting begins at 6:30 pm, program at 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
All are invited to attend!

WGN Morning News
02/12/2019

WGN Morning News

Abraham Lincoln was born on this date in 1809.

Fun fact, Illinois has 89 schools named "Lincoln," more than any other state.

01/01/2019
Waukegan History Museum hosts Abraham Lincoln Pop-Up Exhibit
12/17/2018
Waukegan History Museum hosts Abraham Lincoln Pop-Up Exhibit

Waukegan History Museum hosts Abraham Lincoln Pop-Up Exhibit

The Waukegan History Museum has a new pop-up exhibit titled "Abraham Lincoln: A Man Of His Time, A Man For All Times" on view in the theater at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park.

Lake Villa Historical Society's cover photo
12/13/2018

Lake Villa Historical Society's cover photo

Lake Villa Historical Society's cover photo
12/13/2018

Lake Villa Historical Society's cover photo

12/13/2018
WGN Radio

WGN Radio

The Antioch HS Choir sing “Deck the Hall.”

12/12/2018
200 Objects That Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties

Lake County Celebrates Illinois' 200th
Exhibit open through Sunday, January 6, 2019

This special exhibition hosted at the Dunn Museum commemorates the Illinois Bicentennial (1818–2018) and showcases objects that made history in Lake and McHenry Counties. The exhibition is a collaborative project of the Lake County Historical Alliance, and a companion to the Alliance’s book “200 Objects that Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties.”

To order the book online: http://www.blurb.com/b/8490907-200-objects-that-made-history-in-lake-and-mchenry

Plan your visit to the Dunn Museum: https://www.lcfpd.org/museum/planning/
Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm and Sundays 12 – 5 pm. The museum is CLOSED on Mondays and Christmas Day and New Years Day.

This book is a joint project of 23 non-profit historical organizations who work on a daily basis to preserve, protect, interpret and share the exciting local heritage of Lake and McHenry Counties. Each organization chose artifacts and photos from their collection which they felt helped to tell stori...

A most gracious thank you to the Madrigal Choir from Antioch Community High School for a lovely holiday program tonight!...
12/12/2018

A most gracious thank you to the Madrigal Choir from Antioch Community High School for a lovely holiday program tonight! 🌲

Address

223 Lake Ave PO Box 9
Lake Villa, IL
60046

Opening Hours

Thursday 13:30 - 16:30

Telephone

(847) 265-8266

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