Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society

Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society Open Houses: Closed June 2020. Sundays 2-4pm July -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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Part 2 of the podcast originally recorded in 2016 for Drops of Ink, the Libertyville High School student publication. Sh...
06/10/2020
CMPL Podcast Presents: A History of Racism in Libertyville and the North Shore (part 2)

Part 2 of the podcast originally recorded in 2016 for Drops of Ink, the Libertyville High School student publication. Shared by the Cook Memorial Public Library.

https://shelflife.cooklib.org/2020/06/10/cmpl-podcast-presents-a-history-of-racism-in-libertyville-and-the-north-shore-part-2/

Note: This episode is part two in a three-part series originally released by Drops of Ink – the student news publication of Libertyville High School. Drops of Ink explores the history of the moveme…

From our collection: Featured in the front parlor, this silver-plated beverage dispenser was presented to Ansel B. Cook ...
06/07/2020

From our collection: Featured in the front parlor, this silver-plated beverage dispenser was presented to Ansel B. Cook at the time he left office after three terms as a state legislator, two representing Cook County and one representing Lake County, in 1869.

On the top is the monogram A.B.C for Ansel Brainerd Cook. Brainerd was his mother's maiden name.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Libertyville Federal Savings in the Public Service Building, 1956.
06/06/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Libertyville Federal Savings in the Public Service Building, 1956.

06/04/2020

For the safety of our guests and volunteers, the Ansel B. Cook Home will not hold open houses in June while we plan a phased reopening. Check our web site, http://www.lmhistory.org, for the most recent open house information.

In the meantime, you can visit the house virtually through photos and 360 room views on Google: https://tinyurl.com/y9bfpqbv

And once a week we will be sharing photos and stories behind some of our favorite objects - some that are currently on display and some not often seen.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Tommy Meder's Wisconsin Packing Company, Inc. at 603-605 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955...
05/30/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Tommy Meder's Wisconsin Packing Company, Inc. at 603-605 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955.

Listed in 1955 phone directory under Mundelein Locker Service, this business rented lockers for frozen food storage. They also butchered and sold meat, and they sold and repaired Philco and Frigidaire refrigerators and freezers. In 1955 they closed due to bankruptcy.

Today home to Oscar Lee's Barbecue and Milwalky Taco.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Krueger Motors at 345 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955.Today the home of Mickey Finn's Br...
05/23/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Krueger Motors at 345 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955.

Today the home of Mickey Finn's Brewery.

About this time of year, the Libertyville Senior Center inducts a new class of community volunteers in to the Senior Cen...
05/18/2020

About this time of year, the Libertyville Senior Center inducts a new class of community volunteers in to the Senior Center Hall of Fame. The Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society would like to recognize it's 2020 nominee, Christine Pyle.

Chris is a life-long resident of Mundelein and Libertyville, where she and her husband, Stuart, raised three children. She worked at the Lake County Museum for over 30 years, retiring a few years ago as Manager of Historical Resources

Her love of history and preservation of artifacts naturally guided Chris to become a historical society volunteer. She has served as a board member, in charge of organizing and scheduling a team of Cook House docents, while also conducting house tours herself. Chris’s experience and expertise have been put to good use in the archives of Cook House. She has helped organize many collections and advised on preservation methods. She has done it all, from sewing padded, cloth hangers for articles of clothing, to her current project which is cataloging photographs of houses in Libertyville. When we have a question about anything, we always ask Chris! She is an invaluable member of our team!

Many thanks to Chris for her time and support of the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week:  Scanlon's Paint and House of Linen at 111-113 East Cook Avenue in 1958.Now home to ...
05/16/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Scanlon's Paint and House of Linen at 111-113 East Cook Avenue in 1958.

Now home to Maison Chic Shop.

Daily Herald coverage of the work the Dunn Museum and the Cook Memorial Public Library are doing to document the times i...
05/12/2020
Lake County museum, libraries building living history collections of COVID-19 pandemic

Daily Herald coverage of the work the Dunn Museum and the Cook Memorial Public Library are doing to document the times in which we are living. Submit Libertyville photos and stories at https://www.cooklib.org/covid19-digital-archive

https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200512/lake-county-museum-libraries-building-living-history-collections-of-covid-19-pandemic

Lake County museums, libraries and historical societies have reached out to patrons for images and stories to document life in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: The fire station on West Cook Avenue in 1955.Now the home to the Libertyville Villag...
05/09/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: The fire station on West Cook Avenue in 1955.

Now the home to the Libertyville Village Hall.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Felix's Tavern tucked in the parking lot off of East Cook Avenue in 1956.Current hom...
05/02/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Felix's Tavern tucked in the parking lot off of East Cook Avenue in 1956.

Current home of Island Tap.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Charlotte's Beauty Salon at 122 East Church in 1956.Current home of Village Press, I...
04/25/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Charlotte's Beauty Salon at 122 East Church in 1956.

Current home of Village Press, Inc.

A year or so ago, we received a donation of hundreds of Libertyville house photos taken by local photographer Herbert Mo...
04/22/2020

A year or so ago, we received a donation of hundreds of Libertyville house photos taken by local photographer Herbert Mole. Volunteer Chris has been working through the collection inventorying and sleeving the photos. Volunteers Meaghan, Ian and Dan have been scanning. We're happy to announce we have finished the houses on streets starting with the letter A!

Check them out at: http://www.idaillinois.org/digital/collection/cookmemo11/search/searchterm/mole%20house%20photos/field/all/mode/all/conn/all/order/title/ad/asc

Today, museums across the nation are spreading a little #MuseumSunshine.We are sharing a few items from our collection t...
04/21/2020

Today, museums across the nation are spreading a little #MuseumSunshine.We are sharing a few items from our collection that, to us, feel bright, cheerful, and evoke fond memories. From the Victorian house items collection - Golden Days, a children's poetry book circa 1905; and from our Libertyville history collection - a toy International Harvester Pay Hauler.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Copeland School, 1958.
04/18/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Copeland School, 1958.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Bogues' IGA Super Market on the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and School Street in 1956...
04/11/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Bogues' IGA Super Market on the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and School Street in 1956.

Current home of Chrissoulas.

A photo recently submitted to the Cook Memorial Public Library District COVID-19 Digital Archive, a project for the Libe...
04/07/2020

A photo recently submitted to the Cook Memorial Public Library District COVID-19 Digital Archive, a project for the Libertyville community to document life in Libertyville during these historic times.

What's your story? Contribute here: https://www.cooklib.org/covid19-digital-archive

A copy of the archive will be donated to the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society.

The Cook House dog is all ready for spring. Thanks again to our secret friend for spreading some seasonal cheer!
04/06/2020

The Cook House dog is all ready for spring. Thanks again to our secret friend for spreading some seasonal cheer!

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Joe's Fireside, northeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Park Avenue, in 1956.Curren...
04/05/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Joe's Fireside, northeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Park Avenue, in 1956.

Current home of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago.

Please consider participating in this local history initiative.
04/03/2020

Please consider participating in this local history initiative.

Local history librarian Jenny asks us to share our stories digitally during these trying times in our new CMPLD COVID-19 Digital Archive. https://loom.ly/sSslqtY

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Libertyville-Fremont Consolidated High School in 1956.A lot of changes to Community ...
03/28/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Libertyville-Fremont Consolidated High School in 1956.

A lot of changes to Community High School District 128 since then!

Another local history podcast from the Cook Memorial Public Library.Did you have Dr. Munson as a teacher?
03/25/2020
Cook Memorial Public Library District

Another local history podcast from the Cook Memorial Public Library.

Did you have Dr. Munson as a teacher?

Anyone else using podcasts to keep you company? We published a new episode for #WomensHistoryMonth about LHS teacher Dr. Norma Munson. Click the link or get it wherever you get your podcasts! https://loom.ly/yrPCr_k

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Langworthy's at 525 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955.Today this building is home to Bentl...
03/21/2020

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Langworthy's at 525 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955.

Today this building is home to Bentley's Pet Stuff and forest bootery.

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Dairy Queen on the southeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Rockland Road in 1958.
03/15/2020

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Dairy Queen on the southeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Rockland Road in 1958.

03/12/2020

Our March 16 program "History Matters: Gentleman Farmers" at the Cook Park Library is cancelled.

Acting upon the guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Health, the Library is supporting efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. All library programs for the remainder of March have been cancelled.

The talk will be rescheduled when it is possible to do so.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Scottie's Restaurant at at 338 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955. Former home of Sutton's ...
03/07/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Scottie's Restaurant at at 338 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955.

Former home of Sutton's Bay and Viva La Vine.

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.

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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?