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John Nash Ott Digitization

  What do Walt Disney and Winnetka have in common? John Nash Ott! Dr. Ott, who was a native Winnetkan for many decades, was a talented photographer, cinematographer, botanist and inventor. He is credited with developing the process we know today as time-lapse photography, and spent decades studying light and its effects on plant growth […]

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Lakeside Firemen – Hose Company c. 1900

The Lakeside Fire Department practicing pulling the fire hose. The first paid fireman in Winnetka was Fred W. Schwall, hired in 1909, who also served as the town’s first paid policeman.  Prior to 1909, the Village relied on volunteer firemen who had dress uniforms allowing them to look very professional, even if they did face […]

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Donating artifacts to the WHS Museum Collection

by Siera H. Erazo WHS is actively collecting objects, costumes (clothing), personal papers, corporate archives, original photographs, original blueprints, and other items that directly relate to developing a better understanding of the story of Winnetka and its residents. To donate an item(s), please contact the curator by calling 847-446-0001 or by emailing curator@winnetkahistory.org. After we […]

Curator's Cache: A Token of Love

Curator’s Cache: A Token of Love

Valentine’s Day Cards, c.1880.  Winnetkan Susan Garland received these cards sometime in the 1880s.  While valentines were still sent to romantic loves, in the 1800s, people began to send greetings to a larger circle of loved ones or friends. Victorian valentines were often hand-decorated with ribbon, lace, or sometimes feathers and real plants and flowers. These valentines […]

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Curator’s Cache: Burgundy Velvet Visiting Costume

Burgundy visiting costume, c. 1883. Velvet, silk faille, taffeta and voided velvet; ornamented with glass beads and a small amount of chiffon ruffle at the cuff. Found in Collection.   For November’s Curator’s Cache we feature this exquisite deep burgundy velvet suit, c. 1883. It was selected as a companion to Silhouette: An Intimate History of Undergarments […]

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Curator’s Cache: Jet Black

Black silk dress c. 1913. Ornamented with embroidery, chiffon and jet beads. Found in collection. First in a series of Curator’s Cache objects, this exquisite black silk dress dates from the early nineteen-teens, probably about 1913. It is both as ornate as a Victorian dress with embroidery and chiffon embellishments; and as simple as an […]