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The end of the WHS's long battle for a new home made headlines in the Winnetka Talk in December 2005.

2005: Winnetka Historical Society Finally Has Permanent Home

In October 2005, the Winnetka Historical Society at long last moved into its new headquarters at 411 Linden Street. The Winnetka Historical Society, though established in 1932, did not have a permanent home for its collections, offices and exhibits for almost three-quarters of a century. In the early days, the collections were stored in Society […]

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Education a Focus from Winnetka’s Founding: School Financing Needs Led to Village Charter

By Helen Weaver Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2018-2019 Winnetka has long been associated with education: as the home of nationally renowned New Trier High School, and the incubator of the Winnetka Plan, progressive educator Carleton Washburne’s experiment in individualized ungraded learning. Less well known is the fact that Winnetka’s founding as an incorporated village […]

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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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One of Winnetka’s earliest businesses – the Max Meyer Store

One of the early business establishments in Winnetka was the Max Meyer general store, located on the northwest corner of Elm and Green Bay Roads.  Customers could find their dry good needs, hardware, shoes and cattle feed there… among other essentials. Originally owned and operated by Mr. Robert S. Moth, it also housed the first […]

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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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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 […]

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House of the Season: 635 Maple

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring 2018 By Layla Danley In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Charles H. Thorne’s family was one of the most prominent in Chicago. Charles’ father, George, was the co-founder of Montgomery Ward along with Charles’ uncle Aaron Montgomery Ward. Charles and his brothers worked for the family business, and after […]