Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society

Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society Open Houses: Currently closed. 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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Tonight marks the 125th anniversary of the Great Libertyville Fire of 1895. LMHS has put up a photographic display in th...
08/30/2020

Tonight marks the 125th anniversary of the Great Libertyville Fire of 1895. LMHS has put up a photographic display in the front windows of the Cook Home. It will be up through September. Stop by and take a look next time you're in Cook Park. Please remember to social distance if others are also viewing the exhibit.

Not nearby? Learn more through this blog post from the Cook Memorial Public Library: https://shelflife.cooklib.org/2019/08/30/the-great-libertyville-fire-of-1895/https://shelflife.cooklib.org/2019/08/30/the-great-libertyville-fire-of-1895/

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Lund's Restaurant at 624 N. Milwaukee Ave. in 1957.Current home of @GreenRoomOfLiber...
08/29/2020

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Lund's Restaurant at 624 N. Milwaukee Ave. in 1957.

Current home of @GreenRoomOfLibertyville

Cizek Collection photo of the week: The Independent Register and Hampton Greeting Cards at 115 West Church in 1957.
08/22/2020

Cizek Collection photo of the week: The Independent Register and Hampton Greeting Cards at 115 West Church in 1957.

From our collection: One of the most unusual things in our collection - "Mamma's hair" purchased by the donor at a Butle...
08/19/2020

From our collection: One of the most unusual things in our collection - "Mamma's hair" purchased by the donor at a Butler family estate sale. "Mamma" is thought to be Helen Lund Butler (1864-1909), mother of Hazel, Horace, Bessie, Harriet, and Lucy Butler.

Lots of action at the Cook Home today. Tuck pointing and roof repairs are underway.
08/17/2020

Lots of action at the Cook Home today. Tuck pointing and roof repairs are underway.

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Gustafson Motors and Joe's Fireside on the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Park Avenu...
08/16/2020

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Gustafson Motors and Joe's Fireside on the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Park Avenue in 1956.

From the collection: This trunk, on display in the children's bedroom in the Ansel B. Cook Home, is one of the oldest it...
08/11/2020

From the collection: This trunk, on display in the children's bedroom in the Ansel B. Cook Home, is one of the oldest items in our collection. The note on the inside says that it was brought to Illinois by stagecoach in 1818.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: St. John's Lutheran Church at Park Avenue and Garfield Avenue in 1956.The congregati...
08/08/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: St. John's Lutheran Church at Park Avenue and Garfield Avenue in 1956.

The congregation was previously located at Broadway and Park Place, current home to the First Church of Christ Scientist. The new building was dedicated in 1952.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Ray-Burnett Funeral Home (now Burnett-Dane) at  120 W. Park Avenue in 1956.
08/01/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Ray-Burnett Funeral Home (now Burnett-Dane) at 120 W. Park Avenue in 1956.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Coy Lumber on the south side of East Cook Avenue in 1958.
07/25/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Coy Lumber on the south side of East Cook Avenue in 1958.

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Liberty Liquors at 607 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1956. This building no longer stands. ...
07/18/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Liberty Liquors at 607 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1956.

This building no longer stands. It was on the south side of what is now Manchester Square, home of Shakou and Casa Bonta.

From our collection: Docent Lisa Marie shares one of her favorite items, the light fixture in the dining room. While now...
07/16/2020

From our collection: Docent Lisa Marie shares one of her favorite items, the light fixture in the dining room. While now electrified, the lamp is on a pulley system which allowed it to be lowered to be filled with fuel and raised to extinguish the flame.

Lisa Marie relates: "I love talking to the kids about the lamp in the dining room. They get such a kick out of imagining pushing the lamp up to extinguish the flame. I make it into a mini science lesson with the flame going out because the airflow stopping."

From our collection: Bathroom alternatives are some of our guests', young and old, favorite items.
07/13/2020

From our collection: Bathroom alternatives are some of our guests', young and old, favorite items.

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Grande Cleaners on the corner of Park Avenue and Fourth in the mid 1950s. Current ho...
07/11/2020

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Grande Cleaners on the corner of Park Avenue and Fourth in the mid 1950s. Current home of Zengeler Cleaners

From our collection: Docent Jenny B. shares one of her favorite items."I'm amazed by the 1886 Helen Lund Butler wedding ...
07/07/2020

From our collection: Docent Jenny B. shares one of her favorite items.
"I'm amazed by the 1886 Helen Lund Butler wedding dress on display in the front parlor. It is a lovely copper color with jet detailing and a side train. Miss Lund must have been a tiny person even without a corset on!"

Read more about the dress, Helen, and her husband Josiah Butler in the Brides of Yester-year online exhibit: http://vitacollections.ca/cmpldnewsindex/PhotoEssays

L-MHS lifetime member Ethel Jochheim Bicknase-Getchell passed away last week at the age of 100 years old. She served as ...
07/06/2020
Obituary of Ethel Mae Bicknase-Getchell | McMurrough Funeral Home

L-MHS lifetime member Ethel Jochheim Bicknase-Getchell passed away last week at the age of 100 years old. She served as Grand Marshall of the homecoming parade celebrating the LHS 100th anniversary and contributed her memories of high school through an article in the Daily Herald: https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20171018/SUBMITTED/171018733?cid=search

Our condolences go out to the family.

https://libertyvillefuneralhome.com/tribute/details/761/Ethel-Bicknase-Getchell/obituary.html

Ethel Mae Bicknase-Getchell passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, following a short battle with cancer. She passed quietly at her son and daughter-in-law's home. Ethel was 100 years old. Born on March 6, 1920 in Libertyville, IL. she lived a very full and active life. Married to W. William Bicknas...

Cizek Collection photo of the week: St. Joseph Catholic School in 1956.
07/04/2020

Cizek Collection photo of the week: St. Joseph Catholic School in 1956.

From our collection: At one time the Frank G. Hough Co. successfully produced Payloaders and other earth moving equipmen...
06/29/2020

From our collection: At one time the Frank G. Hough Co. successfully produced Payloaders and other earth moving equipment while employing thousands in the Libertyville area. The Robert Rademacher (1929-2018) collection contains Hough company memorabilia, employee newsletters, and tools of the trade.

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Julian's Men's & Boy's Wear and Jay's Shoes in 1956. Current home of Pizzeria DeVill...
06/27/2020

Cizek Collection photo of the week: Julian's Men's & Boy's Wear and Jay's Shoes in 1956. Current home of Pizzeria DeVille and Murphy's Health Foods and Juice Bar, Inc.

06/26/2020
My Library

Writer Mary Amato, who grew up in Libertyville, shared this lovely video she made honoring libraries. Watch for a picture of the old Cook Park Library!

My Library is a song I wrote in gratitude for libraries upon winning the Maryland Library Association's Maryland Author Award. I've always loved libraries an...

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Bernard Chevrolet at 611 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955. Building replaced by current s...
06/20/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Bernard Chevrolet at 611 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955. Building replaced by current structure housing Casa Bonita Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar and Shakou Libertyville.

A pop-up "museum" on the Cook Home porch.
06/18/2020

A pop-up "museum" on the Cook Home porch.

From our collection: Paul E. “Bud” Brown (1921-2005) was the third generation of his family born in Libertyville. During...
06/17/2020

From our collection: Paul E. “Bud” Brown (1921-2005) was the third generation of his family born in Libertyville. During his Libertyville High School years he was President of the Class of 1940, participated in track, basketball and football all four years, received the Newsom Award, and was selected to the All-State Football team.

From our collection: This week Cook Home docent Melissa P. shares one of her favorite items."I love being a docent in th...
06/14/2020

From our collection: This week Cook Home docent Melissa P. shares one of her favorite items.

"I love being a docent in the middle parlor, especially when children and families visit. I like to talk about how Victorian families enjoyed time together and ask visitors to compare it to their family activities today.

One of my favorite objects is the wall telephone. It’s fun to talk about the difference between today’s high-tech smart phones and the large wooden devices that a family would have used in the early days of phone service in Libertyville. And children are often surprised to learn about “party lines,” the telephone lines shared by multiple households.

On display with the phone is the slender 1904 telephone directory listing the 108 “subscribers” in Libertyville. The 8-page directory is too delicate to page through during tours, so I always tell visitors about the Illinois Digital Archive where they can see a digitized version of this phone book and others up through 1959, http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/search/collection/cookmemo11/searchterm/libertyville%20telephone%20books/field/all/mode/all/conn/and/order/title/ad/asc."

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Paul's Barber Shop at 332 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955. Also visible are Vondracek's ...
06/13/2020

Cizek Collection Photo of the Week: Paul's Barber Shop at 332 N. Milwaukee Avenue in 1955. Also visible are Vondracek's Radio & Television Shop and and the law offices of Overholser, Lewis and Flannery. Now home to Awards & Engraving.

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.

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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?