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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, […]

House of the Season: 990 Sheridan Road

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring 2019 By Laurie Peterson Suburban life isn’t for everyone, and it apparently didn’t suit John L. Shortall. Around 1905 he bought six acres of land bordering a ravine at 990 Sheridan Road and commissioned a large house from architect William Carbys Zimmerman. Despite the proximity to the Lakeside (now Hubbard […]

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 […]