Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society

Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society Open Houses: Sundays 2-4pm June -August. First two weekends in December. Private tours by appointment. History Matters program series the third Monday of September, October, November, February, March, and April. Registration required.
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Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Titus Brothers at 501 N. Milwaukee Avenue (northwest corner of Milwaukee and Cook)  ...
02/29/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Titus Brothers at 501 N. Milwaukee Avenue (northwest corner of Milwaukee and Cook) in 1955. Current home of the Picnic Basket.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Smith's Shoes at 541 North Milwaukee Avenue in 1956.Current home of Rocky Mountain C...
02/22/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Smith's Shoes at 541 North Milwaukee Avenue in 1956.

Current home of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Hilltop Service Station at 815 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1956.
02/15/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Hilltop Service Station at 815 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1956.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Lake Shore Stair Co. at 615 E. Park Avenue in 1958.
02/08/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Lake Shore Stair Co. at 615 E. Park Avenue in 1958.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: The Sportsman at 608 North Milwaukee Avenue in 1957.
02/01/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: The Sportsman at 608 North Milwaukee Avenue in 1957.

Cizek Collection photo of the week: A&P at 416 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955.
01/25/2020

Cizek Collection photo of the week: A&P at 416 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955.

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Anchor Coupling at 342 North Fourth in 1955.
01/18/2020

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Anchor Coupling at 342 North Fourth in 1955.

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Ace Hardware at 508 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1956.
01/11/2020

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Ace Hardware at 508 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1956.

Come see what's under our tree (and in the rest of the house)! Our final 2019 Ansel B. Cook Home Victorian Christmas ope...
12/13/2019

Come see what's under our tree (and in the rest of the house)! Our final 2019 Ansel B. Cook Home Victorian Christmas open house is Saturday, December 14 from 11am to 3pm. $2/adults, $1 seniors & students.

Still time to get a copy before Christmas! Coach Eggert has already made a donation to L-MHS from the proceeds. Thanks D...
12/13/2019

Still time to get a copy before Christmas! Coach Eggert has already made a donation to L-MHS from the proceeds. Thanks Dale!

Libertyville High School Athletic History:
The First 100 Years (1918 - 2017)

Written by Libertyville High School graduate, retired teacher, current head wrestling coach, and lifelong Libertyville resident Dale Eggert (LHS '74), the book is a comprehensive look at the first century of LHS athletics. It includes feature stories, stats, photos and more!

Coach Eggert will generously donate proceeds from the book sales to the District 128 Foundation for Learning and the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society. The Foundation for Learning supports programs for students at LHS and VHHS, including the Students in Need Program.

Cost of Book: $40 (includes shipping) Click this link for details on how to purchase your copy of this limited edition history: https://www.d128.org/foundation/lhs-athletic-history-book

Note: Copies are also available for purchase at Sports 11, 838 S. Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville.

Thanks to all the visitors at the Ansel B. Cook Home yesterday! There's one more chance to experience Christmas past wit...
12/08/2019

Thanks to all the visitors at the Ansel B. Cook Home yesterday! There's one more chance to experience Christmas past with us. The house will be open again next Saturday, December 14 from 11am to 3pm. $2/adults, $1 seniors/students.

We have added a second tree this year and decorated it with historical Libertyville scenes. Visit us during our open hou...
12/06/2019

We have added a second tree this year and decorated it with historical Libertyville scenes. Visit us during our open house this Saturday or next between 11am and 3pm and take one of these ornaments home (while supplies last). You'll find the "Libertyville Tree" on the second floor of the Ansel B. Cook Home.

Lovely time at the Cook Home last Friday after the tree lighting. The holiday spirit continues this weekend and next. Th...
12/04/2019

Lovely time at the Cook Home last Friday after the tree lighting. The holiday spirit continues this weekend and next. The house is open 11am to 3pm on Saturday December 7 & 14. $2/adult, $1/ seniors and students.

Kicking off the holiday season tonight! The Ansel B. Cook Home will be open after the tree lighting until 9pm.
11/29/2019

Kicking off the holiday season tonight! The Ansel B. Cook Home will be open after the tree lighting until 9pm.

Our Christmas elf has struck again making our new dog ready for the holidays! The inside of the Ansel B. Cook Home is re...
11/25/2019

Our Christmas elf has struck again making our new dog ready for the holidays! The inside of the Ansel B. Cook Home is ready too. The house is open this Friday after the tree lighting until 9pm and Saturdays December 7 and 14 from 11am-3pm. $2/adults and $1/seniors and students.

Huge turnout at our History Matters: Hawthorn Mellody Farm program last night to wrap up our fall program series. Many t...
11/19/2019

Huge turnout at our History Matters: Hawthorn Mellody Farm program last night to wrap up our fall program series. Many thanks to Lisa Cushing-Davis from Cuneo Museum & Gardens for the entertaining and informative presentation.

Looking for a local history fix this weekend? Check out the Lake County History Symposium at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum ...
10/31/2019
Take a peek back at Prohibition when Lake County went dry and then wet again

Looking for a local history fix this weekend? Check out the Lake County History Symposium at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County.

A symposium Saturday in Libertyville will be exploring the wet and dry side of prohibition in Lake County at the Bess Bower Museum in Libertyville at the Lake County County Forest Preserve headquarters.

The Current War, a movie about the battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse and DC and AC current, opens Oct...
10/24/2019
The Current War – Director’s Cut | 101 Studios

The Current War, a movie about the battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse and DC and AC current, opens October 25. Local connection? Tom Holland plays a young Samuel Insull, then part of the Edison organization.

https://www.currentwarmovie.com/synopsis/?campaign=google&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjrXV64KX5QIVRhitBh1BzQXIEAAYASAAEgJWOvD_BwE

Search for screenings / showtimes and book tickets for The Current War – Director’s Cut. See the release date and trailer. The Official Showtimes Destination brought to you by 101 Studios

L-MHS volunteers Marilyn and Alan Copeland had a great time yesterday at our Touch the Past table during the Touch the T...
10/20/2019

L-MHS volunteers Marilyn and Alan Copeland had a great time yesterday at our Touch the Past table during the Touch the Trucks event. Thanks to everyone that stopped by!

Come "Touch the Past" at the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society table at Touch the Trucks put on by the Cook Memo...
10/17/2019

Come "Touch the Past" at the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society table at Touch the Trucks put on by the Cook Memorial Public Library, Saturday, October 19 from 10am to 12pm.

We will have items from our education collection such as button hooks, a stereoscope, and kitchen gadgets out for a hands-on history experience.

Another nice Libertyville building profile from Bleck & Bleck Architects.
10/12/2019
Proctor Building - Bleck & Bleck Architects

Another nice Libertyville building profile from Bleck & Bleck Architects.

The historic Proctor Building in Libertyville is one of many structures that were part of the building boom following the Libertyville fire of 1895.

The Libertyville Town Hall, 715 N. Milwaukee Avenue, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Libertyville Township c...
10/10/2019

The Libertyville Town Hall, 715 N. Milwaukee Avenue, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

Libertyville Township commissioned this building and ground was broken May 26, 1894 with a goal for the work to be completed in 60 days. Ansel B. Cook was selected chair of the building committee. Architect W.W. Boyington designed the hall and W.D. and Frank Price were granted the building contract.

The building was completed in early August. On August 25, 1894, the Lake County Democratic convention was the first event held in the new hall.

The American Legion, founded in 1919, began renting the building in 1925 and eventually purchased the building from Libertyville Township in 1973.

10/03/2019
www.idaillinois.org

Most of our digitization efforts focus on postcards and photographs, but L-MHS is starting to convert cassette tape recordings of Society meeting programs from the 1970s and 1980s. One of the gems is a recording of Samuel Insull, Jr. talking about his father, Samuel Insull.

http://www.idaillinois.org/digital/collection/cookmemo11/id/7777/rec/1

http://www.idaillinois.org/digital/collection/cookmemo11/id/7778/rec/2

Many thanks to volunteers Daniel and Anna for their work on converting and transcribing the recordings.

One our most popular posts ever was a photo of the Yankee Doodle Dandy from the mid-1970s, so we thought we'd post a a c...
09/27/2019

One our most popular posts ever was a photo of the Yankee Doodle Dandy from the mid-1970s, so we thought we'd post a a couple more restaurants from that time. Were you a Pizza Hut, A&W, or Brown's Chicken fan?

Tomorrow, August 29, is the last day to see the Life Before the Great War exhibit while it is up at the David Adler Musi...
08/28/2019

Tomorrow, August 29, is the last day to see the Life Before the Great War exhibit while it is up at the David Adler Music and Arts Center

The gallery is open today until 8:30pm and tomorrow 9am-8:30pm.

That’s a wrap! Thanks to all our visitors and volunteer docents for a great 2019 open house season. See you in December ...
08/25/2019

That’s a wrap! Thanks to all our visitors and volunteer docents for a great 2019 open house season. See you in December for our Victorian Christmas open houses.

Both the high school and elementary schools are back in session in Libertyville signaling the end of summer.This Sunday,...
08/23/2019

Both the high school and elementary schools are back in session in Libertyville signaling the end of summer.

This Sunday, August 25, is the last Ansel B. Cook Open House of the summer 2019 season and the end of The Art of Ross Shellenberger exhibit.

The house will be open from 2pm to 4pm.

Here's another taste of the photos on display in our exhibit "Life Before the Great War" at the David Adler Music & Arts...
08/18/2019

Here's another taste of the photos on display in our exhibit "Life Before the Great War" at the David Adler Music & Arts Center, 1700 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Gallery hours are 9am-8:30pm, Monday-Thursday through August 29.

A good time was had by all last night at the opening of our “Life Before the Great War” historic photograph exhibit. Man...
08/12/2019

A good time was had by all last night at the opening of our “Life Before the Great War” historic photograph exhibit. Many thanks to our host the David Adler Music and Arts Center and to Dan Timm Lake County Real Estate for providing the refreshments.

The exhibit is open Monday-Thursday, 9-8:30pm, through August 29.

"Life Before the Great War"- Historic photograph exhibitJoin us at the opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1...
08/10/2019

"Life Before the Great War"- Historic photograph exhibit

Join us at the opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 at the David Adler Music & Arts Center, 1700 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Libertyville. Drinks and refreshments provided by our host the David Adler Music and Arts Center and exhibit sponsor Dan Timm Lake County Real Estate.

The Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society collection contains many photographs and postcards of Libertyville buildings, but rarely are there any people present. While one can see what Libertyville looked like, it is difficult to feel what Libertyville was like one hundred years ago. This exhibit displays images taken by an amateur photographer walking down Milwaukee Avenue circa 1915. The photographs convey a sense of movement, of activity — of life — before the beginning of World War I.

Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday through Aug. 29.

Another chance to win a Ross Shellenberger print this week. Lori will be at the MainStreet tent at Lunch in the Park thi...
08/08/2019

Another chance to win a Ross Shellenberger print this week.

Lori will be at the MainStreet tent at Lunch in the Park this Friday, August 9 from 11:30-1:30pm. Stop by to enter!

Would like a print but can't make it on Friday? LMHS has three views of the Cook Home for sale. Visit the Cook Home during a Sunday open house (Aug 11, 18, & 25 from 2pm to 4pm) or email [email protected] for more information.

08/06/2019

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It's David Adler Music and Arts Center Festival of the Arts this weekend in Cook Park. The Ansel B. Cook Home will be op...
08/02/2019

It's David Adler Music and Arts Center Festival of the Arts this weekend in Cook Park. The Ansel B. Cook Home will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 4pm.

Come in and see The Art of Ross Shellenberger (1936-2014) as well as period art such as this painting by Libertyville resident Laura Schanck Taylor (1870-1921).

Last week we posted a historical dog picture. Here's one from the Dusenberry family collection for all the cat lovers.Th...
07/20/2019

Last week we posted a historical dog picture. Here's one from the Dusenberry family collection for all the cat lovers.

The Ansel B. Cook Home is open Sunday, July 21 from 2pm to 4pm.

L-MHS is at the MainStreet Libertyville tent today during Lunch in the Park until 1:30pm. Stop by and talk to Lori to be...
07/19/2019

L-MHS is at the MainStreet Libertyville tent today during Lunch in the Park until 1:30pm. Stop by and talk to Lori to be entered in a raffle for a Ross Shellenberger print of the Cook Home.

Libertyville has always liked its dogs as evidenced by this photo from the Dusenberry family collection.Stop in the Cook...
07/12/2019

Libertyville has always liked its dogs as evidenced by this photo from the Dusenberry family collection.

Stop in the Cook Home while you are downtown for Libertyville Dog Days of Summer 2019. The house is open Sunday from 2pm to 4pm.

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413 N Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville, IL
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Does anyone remember the Rainbow Restaurant and Bowling Alley in Mundelein from around 1979? Im wondering if anyone remembers who the owner was?