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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Ever wondered what it was like to tour the Waukegan History Museum at night? Well stop in tonight for Museum After Dark ...
02/20/2020

Ever wondered what it was like to tour the Waukegan History Museum at night? Well stop in tonight for Museum After Dark Tours from 6:30-7:30pm. Free and for the Family.

Happy 39th Birthday Jack Benny, and a Happy Valentine's Day to everyone else! Join us at 12pm today at the Jack Benny Ce...
02/14/2020

Happy 39th Birthday Jack Benny, and a Happy Valentine's Day to everyone else! Join us at 12pm today at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts for the Benny Birthday Bash celebration.

We are very sad to share that historian Ed Link, a great friend and supporter of the Waukegan Historical Society, passed...
02/06/2020

We are very sad to share that historian Ed Link, a great friend and supporter of the Waukegan Historical Society, passed away. Ed had the best history knowledge of Waukegan and he shared this through books, newsletters, presentations, exhibits and more over the years. Ed was a big part of the Oakwood Cemetery Walk and he spent at least one day a week in our library doing research for himself and for others.

Ed donated all of his decades worth of research to us, and we know that his work will be very valuable for future generations. His passion for history, baseball, movies, and the wild west were contagious. We already miss the great stories that he shared, the many history debates that were discussed, and his sense of humor.

We are forever grateful for his dedication and kindness.

01/11/2020

The Waukegan History Museum is closed today, Saturday, January 11.

12/23/2019

The Waukegan History Museum is closed for the Holidays. It will re-open on January 2, 2020.

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11/18/2019

Waukegan History Museum's cover photo

Waukegan History Museum's cover photo
11/18/2019

Waukegan History Museum's cover photo

10/31/2019

Haunted Waukegan Walking Tour is cancelled tonight due to the weather.

West School students in costume, 1908.
10/31/2019

West School students in costume, 1908.

10/07/2019

Thank you to the homeowners and volunteers for making this year's Tour of Homes a great success! It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying the beautiful homes and neighborhoods on a nice fall day in Waukegan.

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10/03/2019

Waukegan History Museum's cover photo

Please consider signing this online petition to bring the Bell of the 2nd Lake County Courthouse back to Waukegan. We wo...
10/03/2019
Sign Petition: Bring Home the Bell

Please consider signing this online petition to bring the Bell of the 2nd Lake County Courthouse back to Waukegan. We would love to exhibit the bell with our other courthouse artifacts, which include the cornerstone and a clock face.

We the undersigned, respectfully request the Board of Lake County, Illinois move to restore the Bell from the Lake County Courthouse (1878-1968) to its original

We are so excited to publicly announce that we are expanding! Waukegan Carnegie Library, here we come!
09/17/2019

We are so excited to publicly announce that we are expanding! Waukegan Carnegie Library, here we come!

The Waukegan Park District and the Waukegan Historical Society are excited to announce that the City of Waukegan agreed to transfer ownership of the historic Carnegie Library to the Waukegan Park District. Read our press release for more information: https://bit.ly/2mhmqBC. #WaukeganParks

08/31/2019

The Museum is closed Saturday, August 31 in observance of Labor Day weekend. Regular hours will resume on 9/3.

08/24/2019
Waukegan Public Library

Waukegan Public Library

Want to see the installation of Zachary Oxman Studios' sculpture of Ray Bradbury...but maybe not sit through our loooong livestream? Check out this time-lapse video to see how it all happened!

Waukegan Park District
08/22/2019

Waukegan Park District

Happy birthday, Ray Bradbury! Don't miss the Ray Bradbury Sculpture Unveiling & Dedication today from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Waukegan Public Library. 🚀 #WaukeganParks

Waukegan Arts Council
08/21/2019

Waukegan Arts Council

Work is being completed on the lighting, landscaping and other features surrounding the #RayBradbury statue in front of the Waukegan Public Library! Attend the Ray Bradbury Sculpture Unveiling & Dedication tomorrow, August 22nd, at 6:30pm! Bring your family, friends and a lawn chair! The fun kicks off with a Waukegan Symphony Orchestra Special Concert "A Tribute to Ray" leading up to the unveiling! #ExploreWaukegan #letsgolakecounty

Waukegan Symphony Orchestra & Concert Chorus
08/19/2019

Waukegan Symphony Orchestra & Concert Chorus

Happy Maestro Monday! In honor of the Special Concert "A Tribute to Ray" today's Maestro Monday features Ray Bradbury!

WSO: What is your favorite Ray Bradbury novel? Why?

AP: My favorite Ray Bradbury novel is Farenheit 451, from 1953. Everyone should read it, but it was also made into a beautiful film in 1966 by the great French film director Francois Truffaut. Starring two great young actors, Oskar Werner and Julie Christie, as well as the great Irish veteran Cyril Cusack, it was Truffaut's first film in English; famously, the music was written by that genius composer for many of Alfred Hitchcock's movies, Bernard Herrmann, who contributed a score of jarring intensity and radiant beauty. I so much hope that we can do that score someday at the WSO!

Fahrenheit 451 -- in reality, the temperature at which paper burns -- is an elegant, dystopian novel that should be a warning to anyone worried about the power of the state to take over our existence. In this future state, books have been completely banned; citizens amuse themselves solely by comic-books, and television. Guy Montag, the protagonist, is a "fireman" -- someone who does not put out fires, but rather burns books, and the houses where they are found. Gradually he falls in love with a beautiful, eccentric neighbor, Clarisse, who subtly shows him the error of his ways. The ending is truly inspiring -- and in the movie version, particularly poignant, providing us a vision of "a way out" towards knowledge and enlightenment, via the sacred forms of art, books and music.

WSO: Why is Ray Bradbury still important in today's society?

AP: The humane, lyrical way he wrote science fiction truly makes him an American treasure.

WSO: If someone has never read any Ray Bradbury novels, which three should they start with?

AP: 1. The Martian Chronicles (1950)
2. The Illustrated Man (1951)
3. And of course, Dandelion Wine!

Maestro Platt is finishing his summer work as Music Director for Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, NY and will not be conducting the Tribute to Ray Concert on August 22nd. However, we have two guest conductors and will not disappoint!

Visit WSO at the Special Concert "A Tribute to Ray" on August 22 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Visit us next week for another installation of Maestro Monday!

08/10/2019

The Museum is currently closed for its annual cleaning.

Come see the new exhibit UNCOVERED at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts. The exhibit highlights some rarely seen pieces...
07/05/2019

Come see the new exhibit UNCOVERED at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts. The exhibit highlights some rarely seen pieces of art from the collections of the Waukegan Historical Society. Up through August 31.

Waukegan City Hall
05/11/2019

Waukegan City Hall

It was a beautiful day at Veterans Memorial Plaza for Waukegan Park District's Arts & History Specialist Bryan Escobar to be sharing Waukegan's history with a class! #waukeganparks #downtownWaukegan

The City of Waukegan Historic Preservation Commission kicked off May being Historic Preservation Month with a landmark p...
05/01/2019

The City of Waukegan Historic Preservation Commission kicked off May being Historic Preservation Month with a landmark plaque presentation to Harry E. Came for his historic property, the former Benjamin Merchant Residence, at 220 Julian Street. Thank you Harry for your support of Waukegan's history and historic preservation!

The City's Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) kicked off Preservation Month by presenting a Landmark Plaque to Harry E. Came, owner of the oldest home in Waukegan, the former Benjamin Merchant residence at 220 Julian Street. The residence, constructed in 1842, is representative of the Greek Revival architecture.

The HPC's landmark Plaque Program was created to raise awareness of the City’s rich history. Attending were: City's senior planner Steve Sabourin, Waukegan Park District Arts & History Specialist and HPC vice-chair Bryan Escobar, David Villalobos, Fourth Ward Alderman, Waukegan Park District Manager of Cultural Arts and HPC chair Ty Rohrer, HPC secretary Maryfran Troha, owner Harry Came, residents Mr. & Mrs. Dela Rosa, Waukegan Main Street's Executive Director Josh Beadle, City Treasurer Dr. John Schwab, and Waukegancityclerk Deputy Clerk David A. Patterson.

For more information about the house: https://il-waukegan2.civicplus.com/712/Benjamin-Merchant-Residence #explorewaukegan #waukeganparks #waukeganhistory

We recieved the Illinois State Historical Society Superior of Achievement Award at the Best of Illinois Awards Banquet f...
04/27/2019

We recieved the Illinois State Historical Society Superior of Achievement Award at the Best of Illinois Awards Banquet for the Waukegan's Top 50 History Events Tournament Initiative! Congrats to the team who put this together and special thanks to everyone who voted in the tournament! #WaukeganHistory

03/30/2019
Waukegan Park District

Ray Bradbury Park Literary Landmark Dedication, March 16, 2019 at 4:51pm.

Ray Bradbury Park was named a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries! Watch the dedication ceremony featuring a presentation of Ray Bradbury's The Whole Town's Sleeping! 📚

We bet these kids go to their local library and check out some Ray Bradbury books after this!
03/29/2019

We bet these kids go to their local library and check out some Ray Bradbury books after this!

We had a fun night with SPLAT Studio and Zachary Oxman Studios on the Ray Bradbury statue. He is starting to come together.. Thanks Megan for bringing your class here and Thank you Zack for sharing your story! #Art #metalart

Check out these updates from Zachary Oxman Studios, where artist Zachary Oxman is creating the sculpture of Ray Bradbury...
03/22/2019

Check out these updates from Zachary Oxman Studios, where artist Zachary Oxman is creating the sculpture of Ray Bradbury that will be placed at the Library! Your generous gift of any amount to the Foundation will support this effort to celebrate Ray's memory. Thank you!

Check out these updates from Zachary Oxman Studios, where artist Zachary Oxman is creating the sculpture of Ray Bradbury that will be placed at the Library! Your generous gift of any amount to the Foundation will support this effort to celebrate Ray's memory. Thank you!

Bradbury Park Literary Landmark Dedication
03/16/2019

Bradbury Park Literary Landmark Dedication

Waukegan History Museum and the Jack Benny Center for the Arts are excited to be part of today's Illinois Reads Book Fes...
03/16/2019

Waukegan History Museum and the Jack Benny Center for the Arts are excited to be part of today's Illinois Reads Book Festival!

Congrats to Beverly Millard on receiving the Jack Benny Arts & Humanities Award! Beverly has been the volunteer libraria...
03/07/2019

Congrats to Beverly Millard on receiving the Jack Benny Arts & Humanities Award! Beverly has been the volunteer librarian for the Waukegan Historical Society's Research Library since 1989. We estimate that she has put in over 30,000 hours as a volunteer helping people from all over the world research and study Waukegan's history! #WaukeganHistory

Beverly Millard was awarded our 2018 Jack Benny Arts & Humanities Award in recognition and appreciation of her 30,000+ hours of service as a volunteer with the Waukegan Park District and Waukegan Historical Society. Congratulations, Beverly!

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03/05/2019

Waukegan History Museum's cover photo

Zion Genealogical Society - IL
02/27/2019

Zion Genealogical Society - IL

"Influential Women of Waukegan's Past". Zion Benton Public Library, March 13, 6:30-7:30 pm Meeting Room B.
Featuring a wide range of stories including: a young girl who helped fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad, a famous female artist, local actresses, as well as Waukegan's connection to Jane Addams. Presented by Ty Rohrer, Waukegan Historical Society.

City of Waukegan
02/23/2019

City of Waukegan

Happy 160th birthday, Waukegan! #explorewaukegan #waukegan #illinois

We're proud to share Waukegan's African American history at the first ever Black History Experience!
02/23/2019

We're proud to share Waukegan's African American history at the first ever Black History Experience!

01/29/2019

The Waukegan History Museum is currently closed due to the cold. The museum will re-open at 12pm on Thursday.

PHOTOS: President Abraham Lincoln pop-up exhibit in Waukegan
01/09/2019
PHOTOS: President Abraham Lincoln pop-up exhibit in Waukegan

PHOTOS: President Abraham Lincoln pop-up exhibit in Waukegan

The free exhibit, "Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, a Man for All Times," traces Lincoln's path from a self-educated lawyer with no administrative experience to a president who guided a divided nation through the crises of slavery, secession and the Civil War. It tells the story through Lincoln's...

5 things to do for $5 (or less) this week in the suburbs
01/03/2019
5 things to do for $5 (or less) this week in the suburbs

5 things to do for $5 (or less) this week in the suburbs

Looking for budget-friendly fun? Families can get up close to fossils as part of Dino Day at Elmhurst's Lizzardo Museum of Lapidary Art, learn about Abraham Lincoln's watch at Waukegan's Jack Benny Center for the Arts, or see artists experience playtime through the exhibit "Toy Box" in Naperville.

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01/02/2019

Waukegan History Museum's cover photo

12/22/2018

The Waukegan History Museum is closed for the holidays. We will be open with regular hours starting January 3, 2019.

12/18/2018

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME of 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. To see complete bracket and more info visit www.waukeganhistorical.org.

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1917 N Sheridan Rd
Waukegan, IL
60087

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00

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(847) 336-1859

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Influenced by Caspar David Friedrich's painting 1824, I invented the Disaster School of Art showing pictures drawings of the Titanic Sinking under the water, planes colliding on the Canary Islands, the Columbia and Challenger Accidents and the Thresher and Scorpion sinking. James T. Struck BA, BS, AA, MLIS
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?