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.

Memorial Day/Decoration Day.  Day of Remembrance to those who served.  3pm today is the National Moment of Remembrance. ...
05/25/2020

Memorial Day/Decoration Day. Day of Remembrance to those who served. 3pm today is the National Moment of Remembrance. 🇺🇸

~ Memorial Day ~ A Day of Remembrance and Honor ~

This information graphic provides the history related to Memorial Day including statistics and important dates.

Source: Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and Arlington National Cemetery

Have a safe holiday.  Remember those who served.  🇺🇸🌺💙
05/25/2020

Have a safe holiday. Remember those who served. 🇺🇸🌺💙

New flags at the Cook house! Thank you Glenn Swanson, Township Supervisor!
05/20/2020

New flags at the Cook house! Thank you Glenn Swanson, Township Supervisor!

Share your chalk drawing!  An old time favorite!
05/13/2020

Share your chalk drawing! An old time favorite!

Starting May 18: Request a special hello from your Friends at the Wauconda Area Library for you and your family.

Send an email to [email protected] with your child's name and favorite things - story character, favorite animal, favorite theme (pirates, spaceships, princesses, etc.) and we'll create a special sidewalk message from the library just for them. We'll send the photo back to you via email.

Please be sure to send one entry for each child.

We can't wait to hear from you, we miss you!

Wauconda High School, Class of 1939.   Principal, Ed Drom sits in the middle of the first row of graduates of the class ...
05/12/2020

Wauconda High School, Class of 1939. Principal, Ed Drom sits in the middle of the first row of graduates of the class of 1939. Out of the first row of girls, Lorraine Froehlke second from the left, then Dorothy Zetlitz, next to Geraldine Kirk. Millie Krell, third from the right. In the top row Stan Smith is fourth from the right and Wendell "Wendy" Knigge second from the right and that's about it.

Be a part of history!  Share your story with the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County.  See link below:
04/30/2020

Be a part of history! Share your story with the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County. See link below:

Each of us is living through a significant moment in history. As the principal steward of Lake County's history, the Bess Bower Dunn Museum is documenting the impact of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the coming weeks and months, the Dunn Museum is collecting stories and photographs that demonstrate how COVID-19 is affecting the lives of Lake County residents, businesses and caregivers.

You can help us by sharing your personal experiences and digital photographs.

www.LCFPD.org/museum/collections/covid-19-documentation-project

Cook House is in bloom!   April 2020
04/24/2020

Cook House is in bloom! April 2020

Cook House is in bloom!
04/24/2020

Cook House is in bloom!

Mulch time at the Cook House!
04/24/2020

Mulch time at the Cook House!

We are part of history right now!  Many museums and historical societies are collecting data about how the Coronavirus p...
04/22/2020
Museums Making History: Rapid Response Collecting

We are part of history right now! Many museums and historical societies are collecting data about how the Coronavirus pandemic affects us at a local level. We are currently working on some project ideas now. Stay tuned! Stay connected, stay safe!

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things, and museum collection policies are on that list. Many museums are engaging in “rapid response collecting” in order to record current event…

04/17/2020
Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce

We were delighted to be part of the video! Thank you Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce for your support to the community during this pandemic. Don't forget to order a t-shirt to help benefit the local food pantry. To see our full video clip from our WTHS secretary, Pamela, please see the link in the comments below. Stay Strong Wauconda Township!

We are Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce Strong! Keep ordering those "Your Town Strong" shirts that benefit the Wauconda-Island Lake Food Pantry. Visit www.waucondachamber.org

Anybody recognize him or the family name?  The Historical Society of Island Lake is trying to identify this man, James K...
04/10/2020

Anybody recognize him or the family name? The Historical Society of Island Lake is trying to identify this man, James Krohn (1956), his connection to Island Lake.

The historical society needs your help! We need information about these items in our archives for a gentleman named James Krohn, dated 1956. Maybe someone among our followers may know of him or recognize the family name?

It's National Poetry Month!  Share a poem you written or your favorite poem!
04/09/2020

It's National Poetry Month! Share a poem you written or your favorite poem!

It’s National Poetry Month!
Link us or write your favorite poem below.

Find inspiration online: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems

We may be closed, but our gardeners, members Jeanne and Janet have been busy getting our garden going!  Stay strong, Sta...
04/06/2020

We may be closed, but our gardeners, members Jeanne and Janet have been busy getting our garden going! Stay strong, Stay safe, Stay well!

Our villages have survived historical pandemics before and other disasters such as tornados.  We always come back! The W...
04/01/2020

Our villages have survived historical pandemics before and other disasters such as tornados. We always come back! The Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce has been so supportive and resourceful for our local area businesses. The t-shirts are available on their website. There are also long-sleeve shirts and a car decal as well. Proceeds help the Wauconda Island Lake Food Pantry. Show your support! #waucondatownshipstrong

Wow so far over $1800 has been raised for the Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry! Keep those orders coming www.waucondachamber.org! Thank you.

Blog from our friend on the influenza back in 1918 when masks were trending.  Stay safe everyone!
03/24/2020
The Walking Anachronism

Blog from our friend on the influenza back in 1918 when masks were trending. Stay safe everyone!

History won't forget March 2020 any time soon, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. As unsettled as things are right now, it's important to remember that even this modern pandemic isn't unprecedented. Read about how Americans coped with the 1918 flu pandemic.
https://thewalkinganachronism.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/misery-loves-company-coping-with-pandemic-then-and-now-1918-and-2020/

THANK YOU to our community businesses and personnel that are in the frontlines.  We are grateful.
03/21/2020

THANK YOU to our community businesses and personnel that are in the frontlines. We are grateful.

Rainbow in Wauconda.  2005
03/17/2020

Rainbow in Wauconda. 2005

Just one of many postcards of Bangs Lake with a beautiful sunset.  circa 1930s
03/11/2020

Just one of many postcards of Bangs Lake with a beautiful sunset. circa 1930s

What a great way to visually celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the women's right to vote.  Great job Emily!
03/09/2020
Celebrating Suffrage, One Stitch at a Time

What a great way to visually celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the women's right to vote. Great job Emily!

What happens when fashion history, women’s history, and political history collide? You get a suffragist scarf! Over the past few months I’ve been crocheting a scarf to honor the 100th a…

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote, we are excited to present our upcoming program on ...
02/27/2020

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote, we are excited to present our upcoming program on March 20 at 10:30 am with Laura Keyes who will portray Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This is in partnership with the Wauconda Area Library, Wauconda Woman's Club, and the Historical Society of Island Lake. We will be hosting the event at the Cook House. See flyer for details. This is a free event; however, seating is limited at the Cook House so registration is required through the library only. You can call the library at 847-526-6225, register online at www.wauclib.org or in person.

EXPO WRAP UP ~ Thank you to all who stopped at our booth to view our vintage photos, purchase our merchandise, chatted w...
02/25/2020

EXPO WRAP UP ~ Thank you to all who stopped at our booth to view our vintage photos, purchase our merchandise, chatted with us, signed up to volunteer or become a member! We hope to see you soon at one of our events!

Stop by and visit us at our booth this Saturday at the Expo.  Check out our old photos and see what we have planned for ...
02/19/2020

Stop by and visit us at our booth this Saturday at the Expo. Check out our old photos and see what we have planned for 2020!

"Farnslea Farm" about 1909.  The Farnsworth farm.On the left is Jennie Farnsworth with her son Wright at about 2 years o...
02/19/2020

"Farnslea Farm" about 1909. The Farnsworth farm.
On the left is Jennie Farnsworth with her son Wright at about 2 years old in front. The older couple are not identified, but the young man who is next is John Hess and next to him is Jack Brewer. The next two men on the right are not identified either.

Let's just say two of the top five posts are about our own historical society!  Check it out! See what made #1!
02/17/2020
Happy Second Birthday, The Walking Anachronism!!

Let's just say two of the top five posts are about our own historical society! Check it out! See what made #1!

Happy second birthday to The Walking Anachronism!! In honor of this festive occasion, I’ve found the top five posts of the past two years. Enjoy re-reading or catching up on the highlights!

Thanks again to STAR Charities and the Signal Hill DAR for their support of our newspaper digitization!
02/12/2020
Newspaper Archive

Thanks again to STAR Charities and the Signal Hill DAR for their support of our newspaper digitization!

Newspaper Archive The funding to digitize our local newspapers was generously provided with proceeds from Star Charities’ Bunny Hop and with a donation from the Signal Hill Chapter of the Dau…

Published in the Wauconda Leader, February 1927
02/08/2020

Published in the Wauconda Leader, February 1927

Valentine greetings have been around for a long time.  They were especially popular in the 1800s with postcards and gree...
02/08/2020

Valentine greetings have been around for a long time. They were especially popular in the 1800s with postcards and greeting cards. Here are some Valentine images from our Wauconda Leader newspapers from the 1920s. Happy Valentine's Day!

#dollypartonchallenge #dollyparton #history #historymemes
02/01/2020

#dollypartonchallenge #dollyparton #history #historymemes

100 years ago....prohibition, women's right to vote, Band-Aids, Good Humor bar and more!Believe it or not, 2020 marks 10...
01/15/2020
20 things turning 100 in 2020

100 years ago....prohibition, women's right to vote, Band-Aids, Good Humor bar and more!
Believe it or not, 2020 marks 100 years since the the start of the Roaring '20s. Here are 20 things celebrating a century this coming year.

Believe it or not, 2020 marks 100 years since the the start of the Roaring '20s. Here are 20 things celebrating a century this coming year.

Scoring the Ice for Harvesting, circa 1914.  The ice is scored and cut with a team of horses; cakes of ice are floated t...
01/09/2020

Scoring the Ice for Harvesting, circa 1914.

The ice is scored and cut with a team of horses; cakes of ice are floated to shore at Kuebker's Landing and up onto the sledge. The sledge delivers ice to North Main Street to "Dad" Grantham's barn where blocks of ice are packed in straw for summer use.

"Cook Farm Ornament, circa 1895". On sale for only $6. The artwork is by artist Betty Lusk-Hughes who also happens to be...
12/24/2019

"Cook Farm Ornament, circa 1895". On sale for only $6. The artwork is by artist Betty Lusk-Hughes who also happens to be the great-great granddaughter or Andrew and Mary Cook! Ornaments are still available at Wauconda Market, At The Green Bench, and Vickie's Personal Touch now through the end of the year. Get yours today!

In our collection we have a Christmas postcard postmarked December 1910 from Kingston, Wisconsin.  What caught my attent...
12/24/2019

In our collection we have a Christmas postcard postmarked December 1910 from Kingston, Wisconsin. What caught my attention was that it was a hold-to-light postcard. You can see how it looks normally and then when light is behind it, the die cut images shine the light through! The "Golden Age" of postcards were from 1898 to 1918.

HSIL did a great job on their Christmas tree which is on display at the Village of Island Lake.
12/20/2019

HSIL did a great job on their Christmas tree which is on display at the Village of Island Lake.

Thanks to HSIL members Dona Willard, Jenny Monday and Liz Nelson for decorating the vintage Christmas tree now on display at the Island Lake Village Hall.

While you are there, don't forget to pick up a 2020 HSIL historical calendar, T shirt, or commemorative water tower star ornament.

Our Cook Farm ornaments are also available at Vickie's Personal Touch, Ltd. in Wauconda. These are great stocking stuffe...
12/15/2019

Our Cook Farm ornaments are also available at Vickie's Personal Touch, Ltd. in Wauconda. These are great stocking stuffers and are going fast! Only $6 and all proceeds go to the Wauconda Township Historical Society. Shop Local!

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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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I am a Wauconda graduate 1964. My older siblings also attended WHS. We were told at our reunion this weekend that you now have several yearbooks for several years. I was wondering if you have copies of yearbooks for 1951, 1952, and 1953. I live in Antioch and plan on making a trip to the historical society to possibly get pictures of my three siblings...two of whom are now deceased. my brother left school halfway through his junior year, but I was hoping to get photos from his Freshman and Sophmore years. My sister was two years behind my brother.
Thank you for having the Jr and Little Miss Wauconda Queens help out today!
For those researching your family history, I cordially invite you all to visit my free genealogy indexes website for old county histories. Most include a link to the original text online so you can do your own look-ups. Just click the "Free Indexes" link at the left side or bottom of any page to browse all the indexes currently available. Follow EveryNameIndex on Facebook to find out when new indexes are added. Feel free to suggest the name of a county/state you'd like to see indexed. I hope you all find something helpful.
Wauconda Township Historical Society - Thanks for having Bear Den 1 from Fremont Pack 189 tonight!