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Hadley: a Shining Light for 100 Years

Originally appeared in the Fall 2015 Gazette; updated August 2020 By Cecile Hales; Updates by Meagan McChesney Winnetka schools are known around the country and around the world, and none holds this distinction more proudly than Hadley, now celebrating its 100th anniversary.   Hadley’s progress since its inception in 1920 is remarkable: from a single […]

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Back in the Day: Penny and Don Trieschmann: Won’t You Be Our Neighbor?

Originally appeared in The Winnetka Current, March 30, 2020 By Holly Marihugh, Contributing Columnist It’s hard to overstate the type of “open door” policy the Trieschmann family had in its Cherry Street neighborhood for the last 58 years. Over the decades, the family invited many neighbors and friends to come on in, including an 18-year-old […]

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New Curator Joins the Winnetka Historical Society

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring/Summer 2020 by Ann Thompson Meagan McChesney is the newest Winnetka Historical Society (WHS) staff member who recently began her role as Curator. The Curator’s job is an important one for the organization because the main focus of WHS is the care of the artifacts amassed over an almost 90-year history. […]

A postcard depicting the elegant grounds of the North Shore Health Resort on Sheridan Road.

Curator’s Corner: The Early Days of the North Shore Health Resort (1900s-1930s)

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring/Summer 2020 by Rachel Ramirez “Come and Get Well,” calls a 1918 advertisement for the North Shore Health Resort from the Chicago Daily Tribune. The ad, under the “Health Resorts” section of the classifieds, lauds the facility’s “Scientific care combined with ideal surroundings,” “beautiful grounds,” and a “bathing beach.” Established in […]

Winnetka Fire Department Firemen and Truck, 1915

Fire Department Photo Gallery

Winnetka Fire Department patch and fire engine instruction booklet for a 1919 fire engine. This engine was purchased when George Houren became the first professional fire chief of Winnetka. The Hubbard Woods (Lakeside) fire department in 1900, situated at the Southwest corner of Green Bay Road (Linden) and Scott Ave. “Lakeside Hose Company” is written […]

Gillette Elvgren and Chicago model Myrna Hansen pose for a publicity photo c. 1950.

Naughty but Nice: Commercial Illustrator Gillette Elvgren

Appeared in The Gazette, Spring/Summer 2020 by Helen Weaver For 15 years from the early 1940s until the late 1950s, Winnetka was the home base of Gillette (Gil) Elvgren, a highly successful commercial artist, best known for his paintings of scantily clad women published in advertising calendars for the Brown & Bigelow Company. Elvgren, his […]