The collection of the Winnetka Historical Society reflects the growth and development of the village since the 1830s, and includes archives, photographs, artifacts, and costumes. If you are interested in donating an item to the collection, please call the museum at 847-446-0001. Please remember that the item must be related to the Winnetka Historical Society’s mission to “promote awareness of Winnetka’s heritage.”
Our archives contain the personal papers of Winnetka residents and families, and the records of local businesses and organizations. We also maintain a collection of oral history interviews of current and former residents.
Our photograph collection is comprised of several thousand photographs documenting the history and development of Winnetka.
Our artifact collection includes the everyday items and unique treasures that tell the story of Winnetka’s past. Artifacts in the collection include everything from Native American arrowheads to a door from the Lady Elgin to blueprints of Winnetka homes.
Our costume collection is comprised of several hundred costumes and textiles owned and worn by local residents, including dresses, uniforms, and play clothes dating back to the 1830s.