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Executive Director Appointed

The Board of Directors of the Winnetka Historical Society is pleased to announce the appointment Mary Trieschmann as its new Executive Director. A native Winnetkan, Trieschmann brings her expertise in non-profit management, fundraising and museum operations to the Winnetka Historical Society. She has over 25 years experience with museums and non-profits working on exhibits, programming, […]


Schmidt-Burnham Log House Update

If you’ve been by the Schmidt-Burnham Log House at 1140 Willow in the past few weeks, you may have noticed a lot of activity going on. Our crew’s been hard at work doing some much needed repairs to the building, both inside and out.  We thank you for your continued support of our Log House […]

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Gala 2018 Sponsors

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors, who made “A Night at the Follies” a great success. We couldn’t do it without you! Peter & Jessie Butler Paige Dooley – Hudson Company Joan & Peter Evanich Nan & Wally Greenough Harry Grace & Ingrid Anderson Satter Foundation Helen & Paul Weaver The Bookstall at Chestnut Court […]


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 After we […]

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WHS 2015 Annual Gala

Thank you to our wonderful hosts Marilyn and Ramon Garcia and to all of our guests who attended our annual gala, A Southern Belle’s Birthday, on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Also, thank you to sponsors Nan and Wally Greenough; Helen and Paul Weaver; Susan and David Curry; Joan and Kevin Evanich; Kathryn Mikells and Ed Harney; […]

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Preserving the John Nash Ott Time-Lapse Collection

by Karissa Kessen Photographer. Inventor. Cinematographer. TV Show Host. Optics researcher. These are just a few of the titles Dr. John Nash Ott, a native Winnetkan, held during his lifetime. Born in 1909, Ott was intrigued by time-lapse photography and botany from a young age. Although Ott continued in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by […]

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House of the Season, 1039 Fisher Lane

by Helen Weaver When Miss Annie Randolph Tate married Mr. John Van Alstyne Weaver in 1892, newspaper accounts described her as “a well known Southern belle, the daughter of the late Thomas Tate, an extensive planter and cotton mill owner.” One writer claimed Miss Annie was “one of the most popular as well as one […]


Civil Rights on the North Shore: Bringing the Movement Home

Miss the Community House event or just want to see more of the 2002 Chicago Stories Documentary Civil Rights on the North Shore: Bringing the Movement Home? View the full documentary online here: The video window is small, but it contains the full version for free. Also learn more about the program on the […]

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Researching Your Winnetka Property

Whether you live in a new or an older home, your Winnetka property has a history to tell.  The history of structures on your property can be valuable information for remodeling, renovating, or planning for new buildings or structures on your land. To help you begin your research, we’ve put together a booklet outlining the […]

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A Sheridan Road Soirée, WHS Gala 2014

The Winnetka Historical Society invites you to our annual gala: A Sheridan Road Soirée, at 400 Sheridan Rd. Winnetka, Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 6:30PM. Featuring live music, cocktails, buffet dinner, and raffle items. Summer cocktail attire. Buy tickets: Individual tickets, $200 Silver Sponsorship (4 tickets), $1000 Gold Sponsorship (8 tickets), $2500 Platinum Sponsorship (12 tickets), […]