Wauconda Township Historical Society

Wauconda Township Historical Society Wauconda Township Historical Society exists to preserve the Andrew C. Cook house and foster interest in our local history.
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Local historical society and historic house museum.

Mission: The study of the history of Wauconda Township and the maintenance and preservation of the Andrew C. Cook House.

Annual Maypole Dance & Open House
04/24/2019
Annual Maypole Dance & Open House

Annual Maypole Dance & Open House

Saturday, May 4, 1–3 pm                                                 …

Some of our members helping out at the Wauconda Bunny Hop this morning. @ Wauconda, Illinois
04/20/2019

Some of our members helping out at the Wauconda Bunny Hop this morning. @ Wauconda, Illinois

Think Spring Folks!  This is our Maypole dance from last year.  Last year we had the Da Vinci School students give us a ...
04/14/2019

Think Spring Folks! This is our Maypole dance from last year. Last year we had the Da Vinci School students give us a demonstration. This year our Maypole program will be on Saturday, May 4th from 1-3 pm. The Full Circle Dance Center will have dance students provide maypole dance demonstrations at 2 pm. Yes, Spring will happen!

Coming up soon, Saturday, April 20th! Volunteer or register for the Hop today!
04/13/2019

Coming up soon, Saturday, April 20th! Volunteer or register for the Hop today!

The 8th Annual Wauconda Bunny Hop is Saturday April 20th!
Fun for the whole family:
- 4 mile timed run, 2 mile family fun walk
- Kid dash, treats and prizes
- Trophies for runners and best costume
- Music, post-run snacks

A great time locally for great local causes!
All proceeds benefit WHS's Future Business Leaders of America, FBLA's work with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Wauconda Historical Society.

More info and registration is at: www.WaucondaBunnyHop.com

54 years ago today, the Palm Sunday tornado ripped through Island Lake and other areas.
04/11/2019

54 years ago today, the Palm Sunday tornado ripped through Island Lake and other areas.

A Solemn Anniversary for Island Lake – Palm Sunday, April 11, 1965

The Palm Sunday tornado of 1965 is a heartbreaking part of Island Lake history. It started as an unusually warm day for April, but at approximately 3:30 pm, an F4 tornado traveling from the direction of Crystal Lake ripped through the town. That day, a child was killed; 35 homes were totally destroyed, and many others damaged. Divers later confirmed that the tornado cut a trench across the bottom of Island Lake 3 feet wide and over a foot deep.

The Palm Sunday tornado was one of 48 tornadoes that same day in the Midwest. In the span of just 11 hours, the historic tornado outbreak traveled 1000 miles and caused 260 deaths.

At the time in 1965, weather prediction was available, but no good warning system was in place. Information was not communicated fast enough to the public or community officials, complicated by the fact some telephone lines were down due to the storms.

The large loss of life due to the 1965 tornado outbreak changed how the National Weather Service warns communities of severe weather, including the start to utilizing the civil defense sirens to sound warnings to the community for dangerous weather conditions, and educating the public of the tornado “watches and warnings” system.

The trauma of the 1965 tornado will always be a part of Island Lake history. It was also a time of solidarity for the community, and that same year the star was placed on the water tower as a symbol of hope and healing for the Island Lake community.

Some interesting links with info and photos about the Palm Sunday tornadoes from the 50th anniversary memorial

https://www.weather.gov/iwx/1965_palmsunday_50
#palmsunday50

04/11/2019
Stop by today between 1 and 4 at the Wauconda Area Library Studio Room.  Be in the pictures!
04/06/2019

Stop by today between 1 and 4 at the Wauconda Area Library Studio Room. Be in the pictures!

Our Justus Bangs "I Have Found My Home" are now available at Threads Boutique!  All sizes available!
04/03/2019

Our Justus Bangs "I Have Found My Home" are now available at Threads Boutique! All sizes available!

Justus Bangs tshirts available at Threads Boutique! Learn more about and support the Wauconda Township Historical Society and buy one today!!!

Hello April! Check out our WTHS Spring and Summer Events!  We are especially excited about our first ever Summer Tea. Ta...
04/02/2019

Hello April! Check out our WTHS Spring and Summer Events! We are especially excited about our first ever Summer Tea. Taking reservations now for the tea. Limited seating and will fill up fast! ☕️☺️

This is great news that there is consideration for a higher recognition for the women that served as phone operators in ...
03/30/2019

This is great news that there is consideration for a higher recognition for the women that served as phone operators in France during WWI. We are honored that we had our own local "Hello Girl" Yvonne Haas. Yvonne was just 19 years old when she enlisted in 1918 in the Telephone Corps. She was living in Wauconda at the time with her father and stepmother. Because her parents were from France, she spoke fluent French which made her an ideal candidate. Also, she was single which was also preferred. She was sworn in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, wore an U.S. Army uniform and was subject to Army Regulations. Upon her return, she later married Wilson Herren and lived in Barrington, Illinois. She had 4 children. She died in 1966, just 12 years shy of receiving full veteran status and military recognition. 🇺🇸 #WWI #womeninhistory #hellogirls

GREAT RECOGNITION, 28 March, 2019: US House of Representatives has introduced legislation H.R.1953 to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the “Hello Girls” #WWI Female Telephone Operators. The bipartisan bill, and most distinguished award for the over 220 #WWI Female Telephone Operators who fought for 60 years for recognition as veterans, was sponsored by Rep Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), co-sponsored by Rep Julia Brownley (D-CA), Rep James Comer (R-KY), Rep Sharice Davids (D-KS), & Rep Elise Stefanik (R-NY).

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2HXzVzb

We are once again a recipient of the proceeds from the Bunny Hop thanks to STAR Charities!  That means more old newspape...
03/13/2019

We are once again a recipient of the proceeds from the Bunny Hop thanks to STAR Charities! That means more old newspapers to be digitized and preserved for history!

What’s New? More Village Stars Added
03/07/2019
What’s New? More Village Stars Added

What’s New? More Village Stars Added

We recently added the remaining Village Star newsletters we have from 2002-2005. We have now published our complete collection, but are in search of more issues. This table shows what is online and…

Do you remember Rev. Bassler?
03/04/2019

Do you remember Rev. Bassler?

March is Women's History Month, and HSIL takes the opportunity to honor a notable woman of Island Lake, Reverend Ruth Ann Bassler.

Rev. Bassler was the minister of the Congregational Church of Island Lake during the 1970s. She and her husband, Clyde, lived in the brown house by the dam on 176. Most remember her as being a friendly and approachable lady who was a lively story teller and was knowledgeable about many subjects.

Rev. Bassler was active in the community, a member of the Island Lake Woman’s Club, and was the inspiration for establishment of the Historical Society.

In her younger days she was an assistant to Dr. Preston Bradley, a world renowned theologian, at the People's Church in Chicago. Rev. Bassler held a doctorate in theology from Northwestern University and always joked about her many educational opportunities, caused by the fact that most churches hesitant to hire a woman minister!

Rev. Bassler passed away in 1982. Of note, Bassler Drive, located off 176 is actually named after her husband, Clyde Bassler, who was an Island Lake Village Trustee for several years during the 1970s.

Photos on display recently at the Wauconda Area Expo on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.  Many of these photos can be found in o...
02/24/2019

Photos on display recently at the Wauconda Area Expo on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Many of these photos can be found in our fundraiser books, "Another Time" and "Wauconda Family Album" available through the historical society.

Thank you to all that stopped by at our booth at the Wauconda Business & Community Expo!  Thank you to those that bought...
02/24/2019

Thank you to all that stopped by at our booth at the Wauconda Business & Community Expo! Thank you to those that bought our t-shirts, books and maps! All proceeds go back to the historical society to preserve and educate our local history. We hope to see you all at our upcoming events in 2019!

Does anyone remember the Village Star newsletter we used to have in Wauconda?
02/18/2019
Village Star Newsletters

Does anyone remember the Village Star newsletter we used to have in Wauconda?

Announcing new editions to our newspaper archive! The Village Star newsletters were published by the Village of Wauconda in the years 1997 to 2005, when James Eschenbauch was mayor. This table show…

02/12/2019

Did you know? The historical society has about 550 issues of the Wauconda Leader, from its very first issue in 1890 up to its final locally published issues in 1969. The issues from 1890 through 1924 have now been scanned and digitized by a company that specializes in such archival work.

Digitizing enables searching the collection on a single word or phrase. The already-scanned issues are now available to the public on our historical society website. The society hopes to scan and digitize the remaining issues as funds become available. And we are always looking for issues we don't have to add to our collection! https://wauconda-history.org/newspapers-archive/

Come to the Expo on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 am to 4pm.  We will be there!  Stop at our booth to play the spin-the-whee...
02/05/2019

Come to the Expo on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 am to 4pm. We will be there! Stop at our booth to play the spin-the-wheel Wauconda Area trivia game. See what we have planned for 2019!

Harvesting Ice.  Feb. 14, 1914.  Henry "Dad" Grantham operated an ice house in a barn out behind his home on North Main ...
01/29/2019

Harvesting Ice. Feb. 14, 1914. Henry "Dad" Grantham operated an ice house in a barn out behind his home on North Main Street in the early 1900's. During the summer months he would supply many of the businesses and homes in Wauconda with block ice.
In the winter, Grantham would cut blocks of ice out of the lake and load them on a sledge for transport to his barn. This is a picture taken at Kuebker's Landing (now Lindy's Landing) on February 16, 1914.

Sledding Party, Feb. 7, 1909.  Ray and Ira Cook, Alice Granger, Neva and Grace Toynton.
01/14/2019

Sledding Party, Feb. 7, 1909. Ray and Ira Cook, Alice Granger, Neva and Grace Toynton.

Christmas Past, Christmas Parade in Island Lake from 1964
12/24/2018

Christmas Past, Christmas Parade in Island Lake from 1964

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Historical Society of Island Lake!

News from Christmas Past, Christmas Parade from 1964

Sunday, December 9, 2018What a great day making the Cook House festive for Santa's arrival!  Thank you to those who come...
12/11/2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018
What a great day making the Cook House festive for Santa's arrival! Thank you to those who come to our program and to our members who helped make our 2nd annual event a success!

December 2018.  The Cook House was festive for the "Selfies with Santa & Mrs. Claus" program.
12/10/2018

December 2018. The Cook House was festive for the "Selfies with Santa & Mrs. Claus" program.

Waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus' arrival today at the Cook House!  Stop by between 1 and 4 pm to get a selfie with sant...
12/09/2018

Waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus' arrival today at the Cook House! Stop by between 1 and 4 pm to get a selfie with santa! Holiday music, ornament craft, and light refreshments. Fun Free Family Event! 🎄🎅🤶🍪☕️

NEXT SUNDAY! Don't miss this fun festive event at the Cook House on Sunday, Dec. 9th from 1-4 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus p...
12/02/2018

NEXT SUNDAY! Don't miss this fun festive event at the Cook House on Sunday, Dec. 9th from 1-4 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus photo ops, holiday music, ornament craft, refreshments and gift shop shopping! Music featuring local talent Ron Vaughan at the keyboard and also the Farmhouse Duo! 🎄🎅🤶

We have a "Pop-Up Store" going on at At The Green Bench shop in downtown Wauconda from Dec. 1-8!  We are selling our 2 l...
12/01/2018

We have a "Pop-Up Store" going on at At The Green Bench shop in downtown Wauconda from Dec. 1-8! We are selling our 2 local history books, the Lake County 200 objects book, Cook House Farm print, and our Justus Bangs T-shirts. Stop in and check it out. All proceeds benefit the Wauconda Township Historical Society. Thank you Diane for the window space!

These vintage ornaments were recently donated to our historical society. Some of the ornaments could be nearly 100 years...
11/30/2018

These vintage ornaments were recently donated to our historical society. Some of the ornaments could be nearly 100 years old! See these ornaments and a few other vintage Christmas items on display at the Cook House during our "Selfies with Santa & Mrs. Claus" Open House on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1-4 pm. 🎄

Wishing all our Facebook friends a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
11/22/2018

Wishing all our Facebook friends a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

Don't miss this fun festive event at the Cook House on Sunday, Dec. 9th from 1-4 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus photo ops, hol...
11/15/2018

Don't miss this fun festive event at the Cook House on Sunday, Dec. 9th from 1-4 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus photo ops, holiday music, ornament craft, refreshments and gift shop shopping! Music featuring local talent Ron Vaughan at the keyboard and the Farmhouse Duo!

Don't miss this fun festive event at the Cook House on Sunday, Dec. 9th from 1-4 pm.  Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday musi...
11/14/2018

Don't miss this fun festive event at the Cook House on Sunday, Dec. 9th from 1-4 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday music, ornament craft, refreshments and gift shop shopping!

On Sunday, Nov. 11th, we had a WWI program. Thank you to all who came out!  We had a great turnout. The program was call...
11/13/2018

On Sunday, Nov. 11th, we had a WWI program.
Thank you to all who came out! We had a great turnout. The program was called the "Art of War" by Bob Frenz of McHenry County Museum regarding WWI propaganda posters. Ron Vaughan played WWI era Music, WWI artifacts from our archives were on display, and a WWI recipe cake was sampled by attendees.

WWI.  From our archives, just a few of the photos in our collection.  These were taken in April, 1919 in Bourges, France...
11/10/2018

WWI. From our archives, just a few of the photos in our collection. These were taken in April, 1919 in Bourges, France. Even though the Great War officially ended 11/11/1919 troops were still "over there". Bourges was a hub during WWI with the American Records Office located there, armament factories, camp and hospital. See more of our artifacts on display and learn about poster propaganda in WWI and WWI era music. Sunday, Nov. 11th at 1 pm at the Cook House. #countdowntoveteransday #WWI100 #Lestweforget #wwi #wwicentennial

58 men and 1 woman served during WWI.  This plaque is displayed at Memorial Park in Wauconda.  Learn more about Wauconda...
10/30/2018

58 men and 1 woman served during WWI. This plaque is displayed at Memorial Park in Wauconda. Learn more about Wauconda in WWI and more at our WWI program on Sunday, Nov. 11th at 1 pm (see event info) on FB Event. #countdowntoveteransday #WW1 #WWI100

Illlnois Bicentennial Program
10/28/2018
Illlnois Bicentennial Program

Illlnois Bicentennial Program

View photos from our Illinois Bicentennial Sing-A-Long on October 21, 2018. A special thank you to Mike Dvorak from Long Grove Historical Society for writing and performing this program!

Our next program is on 11/11/18 and marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.  Our program will feature d...
10/24/2018

Our next program is on 11/11/18 and marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Our program will feature displays of what was going on in Wauconda area at that time, WWI artifacts and sampling of a WWI cake recipe. Our guest speaker Bob Frenz will display his personal WWI poster collection and talk about how President Wilson had to "sell" the war to the American public. Ron Vaughan will also be playing WWI era music as WWI was considered the most musically influenced war. Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1 pm. $5 donation. #ww1 #WWI100 #countdowntoveteransday

Mike and John are ready to entertain you. Come on in to the Cook House from 1 to 3 pm.
10/21/2018

Mike and John are ready to entertain you. Come on in to the Cook House from 1 to 3 pm.

Open house tomorrow! Bicentennial sing-along  at 1:00pm.
10/20/2018

Open house tomorrow! Bicentennial sing-along at 1:00pm.

You can still get tickets!  Support this fundraiser through the Wauconda Park District.  Remembering Phil's Beach...
10/10/2018

You can still get tickets! Support this fundraiser through the Wauconda Park District. Remembering Phil's Beach...

Did you spend time at Phil's Beach as a youngster? This Saturday is your chance to revisit memory lane on the very shore line you grew up on, all while supporting the efforts to revitalize the space into a new family park.
It's an early evening, food and beverages are included!
Stop in at the Park District, or purchase your tickets online at https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eventbrite.com%2Fe%2Fremember-the-past-look-to-the-future-at-this-historical-one-time-event-at-phils-beach-tickets-50602838452%3Futm-medium%3Ddiscovery%26utm-campaign%3Dsocial%26utm-content%3Dattendeeshare%26aff%3Descb%26utm-source%3Dcp%26utm-term%3Dlisting&h=AT0NaVJE2pTUboIXTyrToNW0BowaWsZeL6Mi2bnmnZFLmUi9Dg1-EP56Nmpt46-DDc9xhNTT4xmqSj4SjSnxOn8EuLGjag4tSmFc8_mQYwLp0ITxD8ui8V7mUbO8jvo5EIiIRLUfO9VqUQReNaEtuV0p

If you have an questions in general or regarding which ticket to purchase, feel free to call the Park District at 847-526-3610

Are you an Island Laker?  Learn more about the history of Island Lake, old maps (before and after the lake was created) ...
10/09/2018

Are you an Island Laker? Learn more about the history of Island Lake, old maps (before and after the lake was created) and the development of neighborhoods and subdivisions. Saturday, Oct. 20 from 2-5 pm.

Join us at our upcoming Fall Open House program, "Putting Island Lake on the Map" on Saturday, October 20 from 2-5 pm. Free event.

On October 1, we planted bulbs and plants donated by Dale Hamblin, Deb Maslowski, Sue Mierendorf and Heidi Zaffke. Thank...
10/03/2018

On October 1, we planted bulbs and plants donated by Dale Hamblin, Deb Maslowski, Sue Mierendorf and Heidi Zaffke. Thank you for making our Cook House beautiful 🌿🌷🌼!

Share away and hope to see you at one of our Fall programs!
09/26/2018

Share away and hope to see you at one of our Fall programs!

Historic Boat Tours are still going on in Island Lake!  Boat Tour this Saturday at 3 pm.  Call now and reserve your spot...
09/19/2018

Historic Boat Tours are still going on in Island Lake! Boat Tour this Saturday at 3 pm. Call now and reserve your spot! See below for more information.

BOAT TOUR THIS SATURDAY, September 22 at 3:00 pm. Call now to reserve your spot! The Historical Boat Tour season is extended through October 21st! The weather is perfect to plan a group outing or a relaxing family evening. Enjoy history and memories of beautiful Island Lake with a guided boat tour. Reservations are required. Contact Liz Nelson at 847-609-9050 or e-mail at [email protected].

The Crystal Lake Historical Society's annual Dearly Departed Program.  History comes alive at the Col. Palmer House.  Ti...
09/19/2018

The Crystal Lake Historical Society's annual Dearly Departed Program. History comes alive at the Col. Palmer House. Tickets are on sale now and go fast!

To our neighbors on the west, check out their annual Dearly Departed program. They never disappoint! Local history comes alive! https://cl-hs.org/shop/ Use the link below to buy tickets now or call (815) 455 - 1151 for more information. They sell out fast!

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711 N Main St
Wauconda, IL
60084

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The historical society holds its monthly meetings the third Monday of the month at the Andrew C. Cook House at 7 pm. 847-526-9303

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