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.

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!

Waukegan History Museum's cover photo
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.

Waukegan History Museum's cover photo
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.

12/14/2018

The museum will be closed Saturday, December 15. You can visit our pop-up Lincoln exhibit though at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts from 9:30am-4:00pm.

12/14/2018

We are down to the Final 4 of Waukegan's Top 50 History Events Tournament! Game 48
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.

Waukegan Park District
12/14/2018

Waukegan Park District

At the Illinois Association of Park Districts' 2018 Best of the Best Awards Gala, we received the Helen Doria Arts in Park Award for demonstrating creativity, passion, and leadership in our work to strengthen our community through the arts and Kiefer received the Best Friend of Illinois Parks Award for their exemplary support of the Waukegan Park District! #WaukeganParks

12/11/2018

We are down to the Final 4 of Waukegan's Top 50 History Events Tournament! Game 47
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.

12/10/2018

We are down to the Final 4 in the Waukegan's Top 50 History Tournament! Little Fort Trading Post Established vs. Desegregation of the Waukegan Schools and First Women Vote vs. James Cory Home and the Underground Railroad. Voting resumes Tuesday.

Abraham Lincoln exhibit pops up in Waukegan
12/10/2018
Abraham Lincoln exhibit pops up in Waukegan

Abraham Lincoln exhibit pops up in Waukegan

The exhibit, bequeathed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, will be on view in the theater at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park through Feb. 28. It is free and open to all ages.

12/07/2018
Jack Benny Center for the Arts

Jack Benny Center for the Arts

30 minutes until the start of Lincoln Movie Showing-FREE. Come on over to the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park to enjoy the movie and experience the pop-up exhibit "Abraham Lincoln: A Man Of His Time, A Man For All Times"

12/06/2018

We are down to the Elite 8 of Waukegan's Top 50 History Events Tournament! First Game of Round 4- Northeast Region-Game 46
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.

Waukegan History Museum's cover photo
12/05/2018

Waukegan History Museum's cover photo

12/03/2018
Lake County Illinois History Events & Postings

Lake County Illinois History Events & Postings

Celebrate #Illinois200 this holiday season with the gift of the Lake County Historical Alliance's book: "200 Objects that Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties."

Proceeds from the $15 book benefit the Alliance's non-profit member museums and societies, whose objects and photos make this book a unique and enlightening look at our shared history.

The book is available at area museums and societies and online: http://www.blurb.com/b/8490907-200-objects-that-made-history-in-lake-and-mchenry

Thanks for your support!

Lake County Illinois History Events & Postings
12/03/2018

Lake County Illinois History Events & Postings

Happy bicentennial birthday Illinois!! On December 3, 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state in the union.

12/03/2018

We are down to the Elite 8 of Waukegan's Top 50 History Events Tournament! First Game of Round 4- Northeast Region-Game 45
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.

11/30/2018

First 50 visitors to the Waukegan Historical Society's Holiday Open House receive a free ticket to the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra Presents: Music in the Roaring 20s concert on Sunday, December 2.

11/29/2018

We are down to the Elite 8 of Waukegan's Top 50 History Events Tournament! First Game of Round 4- Southwest Region-Game 44
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.

11/27/2018

Students from John S Clark ES experienced our Abraham Lincoln pop-up exhibit this morning at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts and also toured the Waukegan History Museum.

11/26/2018

We are down to the Elite 8 of Waukegan's Top 50 History Events Tournament! First Game of Round 4- Northwest Region-Game 35
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.

11/19/2018

Waukegan's Top 50 History Events Tournament:
Last Game of Round 3- Southeast Region
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.

11/16/2018

Waukegan's Top 50 History Events Tournament:
Round 3 Game 41- Southeast Region
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.

11/14/2018

Waukegan's Top 50 History Events Tournament:
Round 3 Game 40- Northeast Region
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.

11/12/2018

Waukegan's Top 50 History Events Tournament:
Round 3 Game 39- Northeast Region
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.

Happy Veterans Day as well as the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. To learn more about The Great War check o...
11/11/2018
Sweetheart Mine: World War I Love Letters

Happy Veterans Day as well as the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. To learn more about The Great War check out the online exhibit Sweetheart Mine: World War I Love Letters at www.waukeganhistorical.org.

Follow the story of two couples before, during, and after World War I. Homer Dahringer and Ruth Besley start their courtship while attending Waukegan High School. Homer joined an Army flying squadron in WWI. Elizabeth Tarver, growing up in Waukegan in a prominent African American family, started cor...

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1917 N Sheridan Rd
Waukegan, IL
60087

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

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