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.

We've reorganized the Museum Room to truly focus on Libertyville history. Items from the Lake County Fair (in Libertyvil...
06/22/2019

We've reorganized the Museum Room to truly focus on Libertyville history. Items from the Lake County Fair (in Libertyville from 1858 to 1925) are featured on the desk.

The Ansel B. Cook Home is open this Sunday, June 23 from 2pm to 4pm.

Very busy day at the Ansel B. Cook Home yesterday on the last day of Libertyville Days. We also had some special guests ...
06/18/2019

Very busy day at the Ansel B. Cook Home yesterday on the last day of Libertyville Days. We also had some special guests - the newly crowned Miss, Junior Miss, and Little Miss Libertyville. Congratulations to the winners of the Miss Libertyville Pageant!

Treat your dad to a visit to the Ansel B. Cook Home to see this summer’s The Art of Ross Shellenberger exhibit. We’r...
06/16/2019

Treat your dad to a visit to the Ansel B. Cook Home to see this summer’s The Art of Ross Shellenberger exhibit.

We’re open from 2pm to 4pm today.

Go to the north side of the temporary fencing to get to the side stairs and front door of house.

A view out the Ansel B. Cook Home museum room window during Libertyville Days 2015. Best view in the house!The home is o...
06/14/2019

A view out the Ansel B. Cook Home museum room window during Libertyville Days 2015. Best view in the house!

The home is open extra hours this weekend.

Visit Saturday, June 15 from 12pm to 2pm or Sunday, June 16 from 2pm to 4pm.

Latest digitization project: World War I Illinois Reserve Militia 6th Infantry volunteer enlistment forms. Also known as...
06/10/2019

Latest digitization project: World War I Illinois Reserve Militia 6th Infantry volunteer enlistment forms. Also known as the Home Guard, the unit was comprised of men who were exempted from service in the military for various reasons yet still wanted to serve in some capacity. Is your relative here? http://www.idaillinois.org/digital/collection/cookmemo11/id/7623/rec/1

Youngest visitor ever? This two-day-old and her mom stopped by the Ansel B. Cook Home today during our special open hous...
06/08/2019

Youngest visitor ever? This two-day-old and her mom stopped by the Ansel B. Cook Home today during our special open house hours.

Open regular summer hours tomorrow from 2pm to 4pm.

Extra open house hours this weekend at the Ansel B. Cook Home. We are open Saturday, June 8 from 10am to Noon in additio...
06/07/2019

Extra open house hours this weekend at the Ansel B. Cook Home.

We are open Saturday, June 8 from 10am to Noon in addition to our regular Sunday hours on June 9 from 2pm to 4pm.

The countdown to the 2019 Ansel B. Cook Home open house season is on! Picked up in today's print Daily Herald and online...
05/31/2019
Ansel B. Cook Home Announces 2019 Summer Open House Schedule

The countdown to the 2019 Ansel B. Cook Home open house season is on! Picked up in today's print Daily Herald and online.

A refreshed Ansel B. Cook Home and a special exhibit of The Art of Ross Shellenberger are highlights of the 2019 Open House season, which begins Sunday, June 2 at the Ansel B. Cook Home, 413 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville.

The park signs are up! Open houses at the Ansel B. Cook Home start this Sunday, June 2 from 2pm to 4pm.The house is open...
05/29/2019

The park signs are up! Open houses at the Ansel B. Cook Home start this Sunday, June 2 from 2pm to 4pm.

The house is open every Sunday through the end of August. See http://www.lmhistory.org for additional dates.

Come see the refreshed interior and the featured summer exhibit The Art of Ross Shellenberger featuring artwork and personal items on loan from the Shellenberger family.

$2/adults, $1 seniors & students

Even without front doors last week, we were able to provide a tour to support the Cook Library's Victorian Tea program f...
05/10/2019

Even without front doors last week, we were able to provide a tour to support the Cook Library's Victorian Tea program for kids in grades 3-5.

'Tea and a (Cook House) 'Tour! was so much fun!
Thanks to the team in Children's who organized this event! And to Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society for the lovely tour - and to Charlotte, Kim, and Jen (!) for the fine teacups.☕

The doors are back!
05/07/2019

The doors are back!

Doors are taking longer to dry due to cool temps and wet weather. Fingers crossed for a Friday installation at the Ansel...
05/01/2019

Doors are taking longer to dry due to cool temps and wet weather. Fingers crossed for a Friday installation at the Ansel B. Cook Home.

Front doors are looking good. They will be back mid next week.
04/26/2019

Front doors are looking good. They will be back mid next week.

After the plaster, there comes the dust. LMHS volunteers pitched in yesterday to give the Ansel B. Cook Home a thorough ...
04/24/2019

After the plaster, there comes the dust. LMHS volunteers pitched in yesterday to give the Ansel B. Cook Home a thorough cleaning.

The refinishing of the Cook House front doors has begun. Should be completed by this Friday.
04/22/2019

The refinishing of the Cook House front doors has begun. Should be completed by this Friday.

Next up: The Cook Home front doors need some TLC. They will be refinished this coming week. Plywood will be put up while...
04/21/2019

Next up: The Cook Home front doors need some TLC. They will be refinished this coming week. Plywood will be put up while the work is being done. Should take about a week.

The plaster and painting is done. Looking good!
04/20/2019

The plaster and painting is done. Looking good!

Plaster work progresses at the Ansel B. Cook Home.
04/18/2019

Plaster work progresses at the Ansel B. Cook Home.

Ever seen the Cook House without furniture? Ceiling repairs and painting are scheduled to start this week, so L-MHS volu...
04/14/2019

Ever seen the Cook House without furniture? Ceiling repairs and painting are scheduled to start this week, so L-MHS volunteers cleared the front and middle parlors. A whole new look at the Cook House!

It's National  Library Week! The display case is full of Cook Library history and has been rolled upstairs near the Fict...
04/07/2019

It's National Library Week! The display case is full of Cook Library history and has been rolled upstairs near the Fiction Room for the week.

Mainstreet Libertyville
04/05/2019

Mainstreet Libertyville

Celebrate 30 years with MainStreet Libertyville and take a walk down memory lane on #tbt. A Then & Now Look of 412 North Milwaukee Avenue -O'Toole's of Libertyville today and Mickey Finn's in 1989.

Happy 95th birthday, Marlon Brando! Born April 3, 1924 in Omaha, NE, Brando lived in Libertyville Township for three yea...
04/03/2019

Happy 95th birthday, Marlon Brando! Born April 3, 1924 in Omaha, NE, Brando lived in Libertyville Township for three years, 1938-1941, before going off to military school and eventually stardom.

See if you can pick him out in this photo from the 1940 Nautilus yearbook. (Hint: The B stands for his nickname, Bud, used to differentiate him from his father, Marlon Brando, Sr.)

It is Women’s History Month and when it comes to Libertyville history there is no shortage of inspiring women who have...
03/20/2019
The Past is Present: 3 Women of Libertyville

It is Women’s History Month and when it comes to Libertyville history there is no shortage of inspiring women who have lived and served in this town to make it what it is today.

Three such women are highlighted in this podcast from the Cook Memorial Public Library.
https://shelflife.cooklib.org/2019/03/08/the-past-is-present-3-women-of-libertyville/

It is Women’s History Month and when it comes to Libertyville history there is no shortage of inspiring women who have lived and served in this town to make it what it is today. Our local his…

The History Matters: True Crimes of Lake County program on March 18 will include a bit about the Rondout Train Robbery. ...
03/04/2019

The History Matters: True Crimes of Lake County program on March 18 will include a bit about the Rondout Train Robbery. Check out the fictionalized version when the Library shows The Newton Boys this week at the Aspen Library.

Did you know one of the largest train robberies in history happened in nearby Rondout in 1924? Join us for a special matinee screening of the 1998 film that sheds light on the exploits of the infamous Newton brothers, starring Matthew McConaughey and Ethan Hawke. Free 1:30 p.m. movie matinee Friday 3/8 at Aspen Drive Library. REMINDER: no matinee on Thursday at Cook Park this week.

The daughter and grandson of Dr. Lawrence C. Day stopped by the Cook Library lower level display case today to see his m...
02/15/2019

The daughter and grandson of Dr. Lawrence C. Day stopped by the Cook Library lower level display case today to see his medical bag in the local history case. This mini-exhibit featuring items from the L-MHS collection from Libertyville physicians and pharmacists will be on display though the end of March.

L-MHS was on the road this week with our new Hands-on History program. Nearly 200 second graders virtually toured the mi...
02/06/2019

L-MHS was on the road this week with our new Hands-on History program. Nearly 200 second graders virtually toured the middle parlor and kitchen of the Cook House as well as tried out kitchen tools, telephones, toys, cameras, and other items from way before they were born. You too can virtually tour the two rooms at https://tinyurl.com/yau64zp4.

We love history and we plan for the future! L-MHS board members spent a few hours this weekend outlining goals and objec...
01/25/2019

We love history and we plan for the future! L-MHS board members spent a few hours this weekend outlining goals and objectives for the next couple of years. Came up with a lot of ideas. What would you like to see?

We compared and contrasted the Cook House with  houses of today for a school group visit last Friday. The kids came up w...
01/23/2019

We compared and contrasted the Cook House with houses of today for a school group visit last Friday. The kids came up with a lot of changes in the last 130 years!

More pics from the First Presbyterian Church 150th anniversary kick-off event.
01/18/2019

More pics from the First Presbyterian Church 150th anniversary kick-off event.

Thank you to our 150th Anniversary Committee, the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society, the Dunn Museum's Katherine Hamilton-Smith, and everyone who helped to make our anniversary kick-off event on Sunday such a success!

We had a great time Sunday helping First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville kick off the year-long celebration of their...
01/15/2019

We had a great time Sunday helping First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville kick off the year-long celebration of their 150th anniversary. We brought some items from the late 1800s for a pop-up exhibit as well as a few things from our education collection for some hands-on history.

Santa visits the Public Service Building (home of BMO Harris Bank today) in the 1940s or early 1950s.Merry Christmas to ...
12/25/2018

Santa visits the Public Service Building (home of BMO Harris Bank today) in the 1940s or early 1950s.

Merry Christmas to all from the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society!

12/15/2018
200 Objects That Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties

Ending: Lake County Celebrates Illinois' 200th exhibit at the Dunn Museum.

Exhibit open through Sunday, January 6, 2019

This special exhibition 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.”

Libertyville items on display: Abana Spring crate, Hawthorn Mellody farms souvenir, tea pot recovered from the Fire of 1895.

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...

Did you miss our October program "200 Objects That Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties"? Debbie Fandrei will repri...
12/13/2018
Celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial - General Events - Events | Lake County Forest Preserves

Did you miss our October program "200 Objects That Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties"? Debbie Fandrei will reprise her presentation on Thursday, December 20, 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Dunn Museum. Free admission. No registration required. https://www.lcfpd.org/events/celebrating-the-illinois-bicentennial-/12202018/

Enjoy free programs every first and third Thursday evening at the Dunn Museum. Experience the Dunn Museum after hours to learn more about your local history and enviornment, engage in hands-on programs, and expand your curiosity. Come discover the possibilities the museum has for all ages!

Our Christmas open houses may be over, but you can catch a glimpse of Libertyville history in the lower level of the Coo...
12/12/2018

Our Christmas open houses may be over, but you can catch a glimpse of Libertyville history in the lower level of the Cook Park Library. We have posted new photos of Condell Memorial Hospital when it opened in 1928. Artifacts from local physicians and pharmacies are in the exhibit case.

Cook House docent Mary welcomes visitors to the second floor while Lisa talks about the dining room at today's Ansel B. ...
12/08/2018

Cook House docent Mary welcomes visitors to the second floor while Lisa talks about the dining room at today's Ansel B. Cook Home Victorian Christmas. Thanks to all our docents and visitors for a successful holiday open house season. Happy Holidays to all!

The gifts are under the tree! Our final Victorian Christmas Open House at the Ansel B. Cook Home is this Saturday, Decem...
12/07/2018

The gifts are under the tree! Our final Victorian Christmas Open House at the Ansel B. Cook Home is this Saturday, December 8 from 11am to 3pm. Stop by!

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