Waukegan History Museum

Waukegan History Museum The Waukegan History Museum in Bowen Park is the home of the Waukegan Historical Society. Visit us during open hours or schedule a tour to see life in Waukegan in the 1870s as well as annual rotating exhibits.
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Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 40: That's one small step for a man....but a lot of steps for the tiny Dollhouse ...
06/01/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 40: That's one small step for a man....but a lot of steps for the tiny Dollhouse Chairs. The Dollhouse Chairs, on their quest to find the King, follow close behind their new friend, which is a Potty Training Chair called the Smuggler. The Smuggler lets the Dollhouse Chairs know that their long lost friends of the destroyed Tiny Chair Army will be with the King as well, which comes as quite a shock! #ChairSaga

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 39: After their collision, Left, of the Master Bedroom Chairs, and Bing, of the K...
05/29/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 39: After their collision, Left, of the Master Bedroom Chairs, and Bing, of the Kitchen Table Chairs, get up and meet each other for the first time. Bing asks what Left was running from. Left explains that the Red Parlor Chairs are secretly being held captive by another set of chairs. Left, finding this secret was attacked and only narrowly escaped due to the heroic efforts of Right, the other Master Bedroom Chair. Left is very concerned about the fate of Right. #ChairSaga

05/29/2020

What's in a Name? - Waukegan Parks Edition Waukegan Park District

A ton of parks in Waukegan are named after people or families who made an impact on the community historically. We will share a brief story about about various figures throughout the coming weeks!

Today's Park - Dugdale Park (1525 W Dugdale Rd) - The Dugdale family immigrated from Ireland to Little Fort in the 1830s, making them some of the earliest settlers to the area. The Dugdale farmstead was located along the south side of Belvidere Road, and just west of Lewis Avenue on today’s Dugdale Road.

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 38: The Dollhouse Chairs insist that the Smuggler stop for a moment in the Master...
05/28/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 38: The Dollhouse Chairs insist that the Smuggler stop for a moment in the Master Bedroom. They find the room void of chairs, so they try out the famed bed that Abraham Lincoln slept on. They are thrilled to be free of the dollhouse and Children's Bedroom. #ChairSaga

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 37: The Dollhouse Chairs are missing! After searching high and low throughout the...
05/27/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 37: The Dollhouse Chairs are missing! After searching high and low throughout the Children's Bedroom, the Dining Room Chairs wonder if somehow the Dollhouse Chairs escaped while they were enjoying their afternoon tea. But how could this be? One of the Tea Set Chairs then says it was attacked by the odd Potty Training Chair before it left the room. #ChairSaga

05/27/2020

What's in a Name? - Waukegan Parks Edition Waukegan Park District

A ton of parks in Waukegan are named after people or families who made an impact on the community historically. We will share a brief story about about various figures throughout the coming weeks!

Today's Park - Smith Park at 724 South Genesee Street- Minnie E. and Clarence E. Smith deeded the property known as Smith Park to the Waukegan Park District in 1919. Clarence was a real estate insurance agent and President of the People’s Bank of Waukegan. The Community Recreation Center opened in 1976 as a facility for the YMCA. Today, the building is operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County.

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 36: **Dedicated to SITcom's #1 fan, you know who you are, get well soon!** Bing, ...
05/26/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 36: **Dedicated to SITcom's #1 fan, you know who you are, get well soon!** Bing, of the Kitchen Table Chairs, hearing a commotion and a cry for help, rushes out the Peach Parlor and crashes into Left, of the Master Bedroom Chairs. As they both lie there dazed, Left whimpers, "Oh my poor friend, Right." #ChairSaga

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 35: Following their daring escape from the Children's Bedroom, the Dollhouse Chai...
05/22/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 35: Following their daring escape from the Children's Bedroom, the Dollhouse Chairs thank the Potty Training Chair. After introductions are finished, the Dollhouse Chairs agree that the name, "The Smuggler", is appropriate for their new ally. The Smuggler declares that it is time for the Dollhouse Chairs to meet his friend, the King. #ChairSaga

What's in a Name? - Waukegan Parks Edition Waukegan Park DistrictA ton of parks in Waukegan are named after people or fa...
05/22/2020

What's in a Name? - Waukegan Parks Edition Waukegan Park District

A ton of parks in Waukegan are named after people or families who made an impact on the community historically. We will share a brief story about about various figures throughout the coming weeks!

Today's Park - Rudd Farm Park (located off O'Plane Road) - In 1868, Francis Rudd (1819-1900), an immigrant from England, purchased 140 acres of woodland that also had two houses and a log cabin, for $19 per acre. The land was gradually cleared of the trees for farming. The Rudd Farm was passed down from generation to generation for over 130 years. Thomas Rudd (1859-1952), the son of Francis, would continue to grow the farm with his own family. Him and his wife Anna Dunn would have 11 children, many of which remained on the farm throughout their lives until 1974. The first family barn could house 40 dairy cows in total. In 1910, the barn was struck by lightning and burned to the ground (all the livestock were saved). Thomas Rudd and his son, Tom, cut white and red oak trees to rebuild the barn. This new barn could house 40 dairy cows, 6 horses, and 8 calves.

Pictured here is Thomas Rudd, and Walter Rudd standing in front of the family barn on O'Plaine Road farm property.

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 34: "Out of the way!" The Potty Training Chair called The Smuggler pushes the Tea...
05/21/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 34: "Out of the way!" The Potty Training Chair called The Smuggler pushes the Tea Set Chair to the side. Luckily, the Dollhouse Chairs were not seen in the scuffle. After many long years, the Dollhouse Chairs are now free of the Children's Bedroom. Where this all leads though, they do not yet know..... #ChairSaga

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 33: The jig is up! The Peach Parlor Chairs attack Left & Right, of the Master Bed...
05/20/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 33: The jig is up! The Peach Parlor Chairs attack Left & Right, of the Master Bedroom Chairs, after it was discovered that they were keeping the Red Parlor Chairs captive. Will Left & Right escape, or will their fate be the same as the Red Parlor Chairs? #ChairSaga

What's in a Name? - Waukegan Parks Edition Waukegan Park DistrictA ton of parks in Waukegan are named after people or fa...
05/20/2020

What's in a Name? - Waukegan Parks Edition Waukegan Park District

A ton of parks in Waukegan are named after people or families who made an impact on the community historically. We will share a brief story about about various figures throughout the coming weeks!

Today's Park - Plonien Park - This park was originally called Triangle Park. It was renamed to honor Edward W. Plonien
(1884-1961). Plonien was a long-time alderman for Waukegan’s 3rd Ward, serving 23 years. The land was acquired in 1959 by the Park District.

Pictured here is Edward W. Plonien.

05/20/2020

Waukegan's Top 50 History Events Tournament:
Vote (you decide your own criteria) to determine what Waukegan History Event moves on in the tournament bracket. This does not re-write the history books, just have fun with it. New match-up every day. #something2do #WaukeganHistory

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 32: The Dollhouse Chairs decide they will trust the unknown Potty Training Chair ...
05/19/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 32: The Dollhouse Chairs decide they will trust the unknown Potty Training Chair called The Smuggler. As they try to escape the Children's Bedroom, one of the Tea Set Chairs blocks the way. Will the Dollhouse Chairs hiding in The Smuggler be discovered? #ChairSaga

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 31: Bing, of the Kitchen Table Chairs, sets out to find King Frodor "The Benevole...
05/18/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 31: Bing, of the Kitchen Table Chairs, sets out to find King Frodor "The Benevolent." The first stop, the Peach Parlor, is empty of chairs. Bing curiously wonders what happened to the annoying and troublesome Peach Parlor Chairs. #ChairSaga

05/16/2020
Waukegan Park District

Happy Parks to Kids Day! Fun little video with the history and nature of Bevier Park featuring our very own Bryan Escobar of the Waukegan History Museum and Javier Martinez of the Waukegan Park District. #WaukeganParks #WaukeganHistory

Happy Parks to Kids Day! We are celebrating parks with the National Park Trust to keep kids and families connected to the outdoors from home! #WaukeganParks #ParksToKidsDay 🌳

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 30: After finishing their good laugh at the Potty Training Chair, the Dining Room...
05/15/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 30: After finishing their good laugh at the Potty Training Chair, the Dining Room Chairs go off for afternoon tea. (Tea is apparently really popular with the chairs)....Anyways....The Smuggler whispers to the Doll House Chairs that it is time for their escape. The prophecy, Game of Chairs has begun.... #ChairSaga

What's in a Name? - Waukegan Parks Edition Waukegan Park DistrictA ton of parks in Waukegan are named after people or fa...
05/15/2020

What's in a Name? - Waukegan Parks Edition Waukegan Park District

A ton of parks in Waukegan are named after people or families who made an impact on the community historically. We will share a brief story about about various figures throughout the coming weeks!

Today's Park - Henry Pfau Callahan Park/Disc Course- Across the street from Bevier Park is Henry Pfau Callahan Park. The land was acquired as a landfill in the late 1960s. By 1982 it was named Callahan Fields/Park. In 1988, plans were formalized to landscape the former landfill. Today, the Waukegan Bmx course is located in the park. Within Bevier Park itself is the Henry Pfau Callahan Disc Golf Course. This 9 hole disc golf course opened in 1996. It was financed by Harold and Joan Pfau Callahan, in honor of their son who was murdered at the age of 23. Henry was a player and ambassador for the sport of Ultimate, and to this day, Henry’s name is well known in the world of Ultimate. There is a move called a Callahan goal, there are the Callahan Rules to speed play without an official, and the Callahan Award which is the Heisman trophy of USA Ultimate for the nation’s college MVPs. Also named after the family is the Callahan-Franklin Dog Exercise Area in Waukegan. Joan Pfau Callahan served as a commissioner of the Park District for a total of 18 years, beginning in 1967. Due to her numerous contributions to the Park District, she became the first recipient of the Patron of the Year Award in 1996.

Pictured here is Henry Pfau Callahan playing Ultimate (on right), and Harold and Joan Pfau Callahan.

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 29: The game of musical chairs that just would not end. The exhausted Peach Parlo...
05/14/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 29: The game of musical chairs that just would not end. The exhausted Peach Parlor Chairs take a break to catch their breath, momentarily leaving their guard down. Left, of the Master Bedroom Chairs, takes a peak under the red cloth in the corner. Gasp! The real Red Parlor Chairs have been found. #ChairSaga

Just finished recording Betsy Alleman's firsthand account of Amelia Earhart's visit to Waukegan. Join in Friday, May 15 ...
05/14/2020

Just finished recording Betsy Alleman's firsthand account of Amelia Earhart's visit to Waukegan. Join in Friday, May 15 at 12pm to hear her wonderful story in Facebook Live: Famous Visitors to Waukegan #WaukeganHistory

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 28: Following afternoon tea with 6th, of the Dining Room Chairs, the Kitchen Tabl...
05/13/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 28: Following afternoon tea with 6th, of the Dining Room Chairs, the Kitchen Table Chairs decide that they must request a meeting with King Frodor “The Benevolent,” to find out why they had been stuck in the kitchen for so long. One of them has to go find the King, while the others fortify the dining room. A rousing game of rock, paper, scissors ensues between the Kitchen Table Chairs, Nat, Bing, Frank, and Dean. Bing picks paper, while the rest hold out scissors. The dangerous mission is tasked to Bing. #ChariSaga

What's in a Name? - Waukegan Parks Edition Waukegan Park District Waukegan Park DistrictA ton of parks in Waukegan are n...
05/13/2020

What's in a Name? - Waukegan Parks Edition Waukegan Park District Waukegan Park District

A ton of parks in Waukegan are named after people or families who made an impact on the community historically. We will share a brief story about about various figures throughout the coming weeks!

Today's Park - Graham Park - The park is named to honor the accomplishments of the Graham family in Waukegan. Otto Graham Sr. was the band director at the high school for 40 years and wrote the school fight song, Purple and Gold. Donna Graham was a school teacher throughout the area and all 4 of their sons were state champions in band. Otto Graham Jr. (1921-2003) was one of the greatest football players of all time. He played quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in the All-American Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL) from 1946-1955. Graham is regarded as one of the most dominant players of his era and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Prior to his football career, Graham grew up in Waukegan where he played football, basketball, and various musical instruments at Waukegan High School. This land for a community park was acquired in 1998, and was named in a June is Parks Month contest. Thank you to Mark Graham for additional information!

Pictured here is Otto Graham Jr.

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 27: The Smuggler says "hello." The Dining Room Chairs and the Tea Set Chairs fall...
05/12/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 27: The Smuggler says "hello." The Dining Room Chairs and the Tea Set Chairs fall all over each other and roll in laughter at the sight of the Potty Training Chair. The Smuggler, anticipating this response, waits for the appropriate time to make a move. The Dollhouse Chairs watch the Smuggler closely, unsure of what to think of this unusual chair. #ChairSaga

05/12/2020

Waukegan's Top 50 History Events Tournament:
Vote (you decide your own criteria) to determine what Waukegan History Event moves on in the tournament bracket. This does not re-write the history books, just have fun with it. New match-up every day. #something2do #WaukeganHistory

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 26: The Kitchen Table Chairs invite 6th, of the Dining Room Chairs, to join them ...
05/11/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 26: The Kitchen Table Chairs invite 6th, of the Dining Room Chairs, to join them for tea. 6th then hears the story of when the Kitchen Table Chairs were placed in the Dining Room by King Frodor “The Benevolent”. King Frodor had kept peace and harmony between the chairs of the house, but why the king betrayed the Kitchen Table Chairs, they do not know. At the end of the tale, 6th responds, “King Frodor?”

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 25: Left & Right, the Master Bedroom Chairs, are so excited to finally be invited...
05/08/2020

Waukegan History Museum SITcom-Episode 25: Left & Right, the Master Bedroom Chairs, are so excited to finally be invited to one of the famous Red Parlor song and dance parties that they have always heard from the room above. Not knowing, and not really caring, Left & Right do not listen to one word on how to play musical chairs. As Right tosses Left high into the air while dancing, the confused Peach Parlor Chairs watch in awe. **No stuntmen were hurt in the making of this scene** #ChairSaga

05/08/2020
Eulogy Honoring 1st Lieutenant Robert M. Follensbee of Waukegan, IL

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, a eulogy by Andrea Flores of First Lieutenant Robert Follensbee, of Waukegan, IL, who died June 12, 1944 during the D-Day Invasion. Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Waukegan High School student eulogizes 1st Lieutenant Robert M. Follensbee of Waukegan, IL. Follensbee fell in the Battle for Normandy on June 12th, 1944 jus...

What's in a Name? - Waukegan Parks Edition Waukegan Park DistrictA ton of parks in Waukegan are named after people or fa...
05/08/2020

What's in a Name? - Waukegan Parks Edition Waukegan Park District

A ton of parks in Waukegan are named after people or families who made an impact on the community historically. We will share a brief story about about various figures throughout the coming weeks!

Today's Park - Bowen Park - Originally purchased for farmland, the land was settled by the Montgomery family in 1843. In 1856, the property was purchased by John Haines, Mayor of Chicago from 1858-1860, to be used as a summer retreat. The Haines family expended on the original farmhouse and today that building is the Waukegan History Museum. By late 1911, the property that is now Bowen Park, was purchased by Mrs. Louise deKoven Bowen (1859-1953) for the use of a summer camp for the Hull House, which had been established by Jane Addams in Chicago. The summer camp, known as the Joseph T. Bowen Country Club, operated until 1963. Every two weeks, a new group of children from Chicago would take the train to Waukegan to spend the best time of their of their young lives at the Bowen Country Club. This gave children a chance to experience the outdoors and green spaces, away from industrial Chicago. Louise deKoven Bowen was a long-time treasurer of Hull House and close friend to Jane Addams. Mrs. Bowen came from a wealthy, elite Chicago family. She was very involved with the women's suffrage movement and worked to improve the lives of poor children. Her husband, Joseph Tilton Bowen, was a prominent manufacturer and banker and passed away in 1911. Mrs. Bowen named the camp after her husband to extend the reach of Hull House. On April 15, 1963, the property was purchased by the Park District, and the park officially opened to the public on June 16, 1963. In 1978, the property and buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since then, many new additions have been added to the grounds, like the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, but many buildings dating back to Bowen Country Club like Lilac Cottage and others still remain.

Pictured here is Louise deKoven Bowen at Bowen Country Club with campers.

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of V-E Day,  the military burial of John H. Lindsley of Waukegan, Illinois. Lin...
05/08/2020
Pearl Harbor Casualty Burial

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, the military burial of John H. Lindsley of Waukegan, Illinois. Lindsley died on the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Lindsley's remains were identified in 2016 and buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery burial of Navy Fireman 3rd Class John H. Lindsley, who was 22-years-old when he was killed aboard the USS Oklahoma during the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl…

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I grew up in Oak Park, and I know Percy Julian was very important to that town's history. But I'm seeing that he died in Waukegan in 1975. Did he actually live in Waukegan, and for how long?
TBT ICYMI - She taught at Mother of God School & Parish maybe 1945-1950? R.I.P.
Can someone tell me the name of the foundary that was down on the lake front near Abbot during the early 20th century (1900s)
Change your hours on this page, open today!
before mayor bob was elected he was like a limo driver he did my mom and dads wedding took them all over so the story tells anyone else heard of that
Does the Society still have copies of "A History of Waukegan Township, Lake County, Illinois (1835-1850)" 2013, by Al Westerman, available for sale?
Dr. Knight 1896 Waukegan
Tour of homes was fun and full of ideas. Now why can't the view out my window look like this?
Tour of home yesterday—fun and what cool ideas in the lovely homes in Waukegan!
Here to collect my prize! Anybody home?