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Winnetka Fourth of July Foundations

By Susan Whitcomb The Fourth of July was designated a national holiday by the United States Congress in 1870, just one year after Winnetka was granted its village charter by the State of Illinois. The oldest official evidence of Winnetka’s independence celebration is a printed program from 1873. Headlined as a “National Celebration,” it took […]

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From the Curator, Fall 2015

We welcomed Robert Franklin as our 2015 summer digital exhibits intern. As we said goodbye to The Adventurers installation, he created an online exhibit based on the original so the research and stories told would live on. Our collections inventory is in full swing. Volunteer Bill McKay is working with our oversized files, starting with […]

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2015 Winnetka Preservation Awards

By Nan Greenough Every spring the Winnetka Landmark Preservation Commission accepts nominations for the annual Preservation Awards program and conducts an award presentation at a Village Council meeting in the fall. The Preservation Awards program seeks to honor construction projects that have helped preserve the history and character of the Village. Private, commercial, and public […]

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Before Forest Glen – The Dennehy Estate

By Tane Beecham Someone out for a stroll through Hubbard Woods in the early 1900s would have observed many new homes going up as the area became increasingly populated with family-sized houses on manageable lots. One would also have taken note of a very large 10-acre wooded plot of land on the north side of Tower […]

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Hadley School for the Blind: a shining light for 95 years

Originally appeared in the Fall 2015 Gazette By Cecile Hales Winnetka schools are known around the country and around the world, and none holds this distinction more proudly than Hadley School for the Blind, now celebrating its 95th anniversary.   Hadley’s progress since its inception in 1920 is remarkable: from a single “correspondence course” to […]

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Hubbard Woods and Crow Island Schools Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries

Originally published in the Fall 2015 Gazette By Marcia Sutter Excellent public schools have been a hallmark of Winnetka since 1859, when citizens financed the Village’s first public school, a decade before the Village’s official incorporation. Today, these schools are historic both educationally and architecturally thanks to the cooperation, vision, and generosity of generations of […]

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V-J Day Memories

V-J Day Memories: Where were you when? Gazette Article by: Jane Lord Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 1995 As the 50th anniversary of V-J Day approaches, some Winnetka residents recall their wartime experiences and where they were on August 14, 1945. Bob Woolson was stationed on Guam as a 1st lieutenant in the Army Air […]

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From the Executive Director, spring 2015

WHS Director Patti Van Cleave was nominated as 2015 Woman of the Year by the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce. The following are excerpts from her acceptance speech given at the Chamber’s Annual Luncheon on April 8, 2015: Reflecting on what it means to be a Winnetkan, it comes to mind that community is about the […]