Skokie Heritage Museum

Skokie Heritage Museum Local history and children's educational programming. The Skokie Heritage Museum houses locally-significant historical photos, documents,and artifacts.

The museum also features the oldest extant structure in Skokie, the Meyer family cabin, built in 1847. All of these are viewable by appointment. The museum offers educational programs and birthday parties for children that examine world history and cultures through crafts, story telling, and other activities, with a particular focus on local Skokie history. See the Park District website for current programs.

Operating as usual

Spot's ready for adventure this summer! Museum is returning to semi-permanent open hours - Thursdays and Fridays from 12...
06/17/2021

Spot's ready for adventure this summer! Museum is returning to semi-permanent open hours - Thursdays and Fridays from 12 - 4 pm and by appointment.

P.S. Spot will be happy to return this helmet to its rightful owner if they come by. :)

Spot's ready for adventure this summer! Museum is returning to semi-permanent open hours - Thursdays and Fridays from 12 - 4 pm and by appointment.

P.S. Spot will be happy to return this helmet to its rightful owner if they come by. :)

Skokie Park District
10/15/2020

Skokie Park District

Showcase your pumpkin carving skills in our first ever pumpkin carving contest! Share photos of your creations with us by posting to Facebook with the hashtag #SkokiePumpkins, or by emailing your photos to Michael Van Den Bosch at [email protected]. Submissions will be posted to an album on our page. You can vote on your favorite by "liking" the photo. All photos must be submitted by October 26. The deadline for voting is October 30 at 5P; the photo with the most likes will win a Halloween prize basket!

Want to carve a pumpkin but don't want to deal with the mess? Join us at our pumpkin decorating event! You bring the pumpkin, we'll provide the decorations AND clean up the mess! Register here: https://register.skokieparks.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html?module=PST&type=special%20event&keyword=pumpkin

We are very excited for the dedication of Dr. A. Louise Klehm Park tomorrow at 6pm. Please visit the archives we worked ...
08/25/2020
Dr. A. Louise Klehm, Skokie's First Female Physician · Dr. A. Louise Klehm, Skokie's First Female Physician · Skokie History Digital Collections

We are very excited for the dedication of Dr. A. Louise Klehm Park tomorrow at 6pm. Please visit the archives we worked on with the Skokie Public Library and learn more about this pioneering resident.

Dr. A. Louise Klehm, Skokie's First Female Physician Dr. Louise Klehm Studio Portrait, circa 1890 Skokie’s first doctor, Amelia Louise Klehm, began her career as a nurse. During the Spanish-American war she volunteered for duty, caring for the wounded in Florida.After the war she attended the Coll...

Do you need a new hobby while social distancing? Check out our new Skokie Snap Shots Scavenger Hunt! Tag us in your phot...
05/08/2020

Do you need a new hobby while social distancing? Check out our new Skokie Snap Shots Scavenger Hunt! Tag us in your photos, post them on our page, or email [email protected] to win a prize!

Skokie Park District
03/31/2020

Skokie Park District

Per the governor's order, the Skokie Park District closure has been extended through April 30.

Skokie Park District
03/25/2020

Skokie Park District

Need a refresher for your social studies homework? Let us know what lessons you’d like to see from the Skokie Heritage Museum!
Click here: https://forms.gle/gPfetpQoF9s9p8m59

District remains closed due to state "stay at home" order - General News - News | Skokie Park District
03/20/2020
District remains closed due to state "stay at home" order - General News - News | Skokie Park District

District remains closed due to state "stay at home" order - General News - News | Skokie Park District

District remains closed due to state "stay at home" order March 20, 2020 03:15 PM Tweet   Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker today issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state beginning Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. through April 7, 2020. Accordingly, the Skokie Park District will remain closed t...

Happy Illinois primary! Be sure to get out and vote today, and use this link if you are unsure of your polling place: ht...
03/17/2020

Happy Illinois primary! Be sure to get out and vote today, and use this link if you are unsure of your polling place: https://ova.elections.il.gov/PollingPlaceLookup.aspx

Pictured here is a collection of election day materials for both volunteers and voters in past Skokie-area elections!

Happy St. Patrick's Weekend!
03/14/2020

Happy St. Patrick's Weekend!

Skokie Park District
03/13/2020

Skokie Park District

Due to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), all Skokie Park District facilities are closed, tentatively until March 29.

In addition, in order to protect residents and patrons, all Skokie Park District programs through March 29 have been cancelled.

We will offer a credit for programs that have not begun and a pro-rated credit for classes or programs in progress. If the participant would like a refund in place of a credit, that will also be permitted.

Although no known COVID-19 exposures have touched the district, the park district is following the lead of local schools, as well as best practices laid out by the Center for Disease Control, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Village of Skokie Health Department.

Residents and customers of the Skokie Park District may visit www.skokieparks.org for any updated information regarding facility openings, program reimbursements or credit, as well as basic COVID-19 updates.

In order to protect the health of both our visitors and staff, the Skokie Park District and Skokie Heritage Museum will ...
03/13/2020

In order to protect the health of both our visitors and staff, the Skokie Park District and Skokie Heritage Museum will be closed until further notice. Please see the attached statement for more information.

TBT to this day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low created the first Girl Scout troop in the US! Originally called the Gir...
03/12/2020

TBT to this day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low created the first Girl Scout troop in the US! Originally called the Girl Guides, their name was changed to Scouts in 1915. Pictured here is a group of Girl Scouts with Skokie's Mayor Smith in 1970!

TBT to this day in 1960 when Elvis Presley left the Army after his 2-year enlistment! Presley, who was promoted to Serge...
03/05/2020

TBT to this day in 1960 when Elvis Presley left the Army after his 2-year enlistment! Presley, who was promoted to Sergent during his military career, was attached to the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, West Germany.

Pictured here is Skokie resident Frank C. Blameuser, an Army serviceman who served in the Korean War from 1951-1953!

While today is the last day of Black History Month, there is still plenty of time to learn about the history of African-...
03/01/2020

While today is the last day of Black History Month, there is still plenty of time to learn about the history of African-Americans in Illinois! Pictured here is Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, who is considered the first non-indigenous settler of what is now Chicago!

For a timeline of African-American history in Illinois, click here: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnrhistoric/Research/pages/genprideafam.aspx

For a list of locations to explore African-American history and culture, click here: https://www.enjoyillinois.com/travel-illinois/illinois-african-american-history-and-heritage/

TBT to this day in 1883, when Oscar Hammerstein I patented the first cigar-rolling machine! Hammerstein later used the m...
02/27/2020

TBT to this day in 1883, when Oscar Hammerstein I patented the first cigar-rolling machine! Hammerstein later used the money from his cigar manufacturing to become a successful theater producer in Manhattan.

Pictured here is Robert Siegel's Cigar Store at 8022 Lincoln Ave in the late 1890s. Robert Siegel, Ma Siegel, and Frances Siegel are also pictured.

TBT to this day in 1792 when the US Postal Service was created! Pictured here is the inside of Schoeneberger's General S...
02/20/2020

TBT to this day in 1792 when the US Postal Service was created! Pictured here is the inside of Schoeneberger's General Store in the early 1890s, located at Lincoln and Brown, where people would collect their mail.

TBT to this day in 1954 when Frank Selvy became the first D-1 college athlete to score 100 points in a single game while...
02/13/2020

TBT to this day in 1954 when Frank Selvy became the first D-1 college athlete to score 100 points in a single game while playing for Furman University! Pictured here is the Sharp Corners Grade School basketball team in their 1939 season.

Front row, left to right: Phillip Ross, Leon Cohrs, Frank Williams, Coach Clarence Rath, Walter Zust, Donald Comstock, Forest Cole.
Back row, left to right: Roland Poehlman, Robert Dahm, Carl Plath, Richard Cutler, Robert Farrell, Bernie Phelkamp, Walter Herman

TBT to this day in 1894 when Irish immigrant William Painter patented the bottle opener! Pictured here is Klehm's Tavern...
02/06/2020

TBT to this day in 1894 when Irish immigrant William Painter patented the bottle opener! Pictured here is Klehm's Tavern in the 1890s, which was located at the corner of Lincoln and Oakton.

TBT to this day in 1948, when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu extremist. Today, a statue of Gandhi stands in ...
01/30/2020

TBT to this day in 1948, when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu extremist. Today, a statue of Gandhi stands in Skokie's Heritage Park to honor all he did for the ideas of nonviolent resistance. For more about Gandhi click here: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Mahatma-Gandhi

TBT to this day in 1849 when Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to earn a medical degree in the US! Dr. Blackwel...
01/23/2020

TBT to this day in 1849 when Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to earn a medical degree in the US! Dr. Blackwell opened doors for countless female physicians, including one of Skokie's first doctors, Alma Louise Klehm. Dr. Klhem is pictured here as a nurse, in the top far left row with her fellow female medical students at the University of Illinois Chicago's medical school, and finally at her medical school graduation in 1902.

For more on Elizabeth Blackwell, click here: https://bit.ly/36ZNBn0

TBT to this day in 1868 when fish salesman William Davis patented the refrigerated rail car! Pictured here is what becam...
01/16/2020

TBT to this day in 1868 when fish salesman William Davis patented the refrigerated rail car! Pictured here is what became the Niles Center North Shore station on a 1920s postcard!

TBT to this day in 2007 when Steve Jobs announced the iPhone! Pictured here is the Niles Township 1958 Yellow Pages!
01/09/2020

TBT to this day in 2007 when Steve Jobs announced the iPhone! Pictured here is the Niles Township 1958 Yellow Pages!

TBT to this day in 1839 when French photographer Louis-Jacques Daguerre captured the first known photo of the moon! Show...
01/02/2020

TBT to this day in 1839 when French photographer Louis-Jacques Daguerre captured the first known photo of the moon! Shown here is the Skokie Camera Shop in the early 1980s, located at 7931 Lincoln Avenue!

TBT to this day in 1963 when the Beatles released "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in the US and kicked off Beatlemania! Pictu...
12/26/2019

TBT to this day in 1963 when the Beatles released "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in the US and kicked off Beatlemania! Pictured here is a student at a Skokie Park District guitar class!

TBT to this day in 1984, when Wayne Gretzky became the youngest NHL player to score 1,000 points at age 23! Pictured her...
12/19/2019

TBT to this day in 1984, when Wayne Gretzky became the youngest NHL player to score 1,000 points at age 23! Pictured here is a Skokie Park District youth hockey game at the Skatium in 1987!

TBT to this day in 1915 when Frank Sinatra was born! Sinatra was considered one of the first America pop stars, and quic...
12/12/2019

TBT to this day in 1915 when Frank Sinatra was born! Sinatra was considered one of the first America pop stars, and quickly rose to fame in the 1940s.

Pictured here is a dance at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in 1940s Skokie, where Frank Sinatra's music would have certainly been a crowd-pleaser!

Be sure to stop by Holiday Fest tonight at the museum from 6:00-8:00! We will have crafts and a visit from Santa himself...
12/06/2019

Be sure to stop by Holiday Fest tonight at the museum from 6:00-8:00! We will have crafts and a visit from Santa himself! The reindeer are too busy prepping for later this month, but they sent some other animal friends in their place!

Pictured here is Mayor Smith, Santa, and friends at the village tree lighting in 1973!

TBT to this day in 1955, when the Montgomery bus boycott began! Rosa Parks, the secretary of her local NAACP chapter, wa...
12/05/2019

TBT to this day in 1955, when the Montgomery bus boycott began!

Rosa Parks, the secretary of her local NAACP chapter, was arrested four days earlier for refusing to give up her bus seat for a white man. The boycott went on until December of the following year, and is considered to be one of the first large-scale demonstrations against segregation.

Pictured here is the Skokie Swift stop at 5001 Dempster around 1985!

TBT to this day in 1824, when the first organization of Reform Judaism emerged in the the US! Developed around ideas in ...
11/21/2019

TBT to this day in 1824, when the first organization of Reform Judaism emerged in the the US! Developed around ideas in Europe, a group in Charleston, South Carolina is credited with starting the first Reform prayer group in North America.

Pictured here is Temple Judea Mizpah, a Reform Congregation, here in Skokie in 1981!

For more on the history of Reform Judaism, click here: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-origins-of-reform-judaism

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8031 Floral Ave
Skokie, IL
60077

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Free admission Closed on: - Monday-Wednesday Other hours by appointment

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Thursday 12pm - 4pm
Friday 12pm - 4pm

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Does anyone have pictures of the wooden park that used to be next to where Niles East was located?
Secret Garden opens! Playing Sept. 9, 15 & 16 2:30 p.
Edgebrook Historical Society Edgebrook Golf Course Matthew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center 6100 N. Central presents Joseph Geringer, Playwright & Lecturer THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION ♦ MYSTERIES & MYTHS ♦ Thursday, October 5 at 7 pm Did you know that… * Assassin John Wilkes Booth was a major matinee idol? * A woman was unjustly hanged as a conspirator? * Lincoln forecast his own death days earlier? In this thrilling 60-minute presentation, historian Joseph Geringer sweeps you back in time to Washington City during the last days of the Civil War. Hear the swish of hoop skirts, the clatter of buggies and the jingle of cavalry sabers; attend Ford’s Theatre where, on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, a single-shot deringer shot rang out, changing the course of history. Mr. Geringer, who lives River Grove, has authored several works relating to Booth & Lincoln, including a stage play entitled All Them Damn Booths Are Crazy.