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Curator’s Cache: Burgundy Velvet Visiting Costume

Burgundy visiting costume, c. 1883. Velvet, silk faille, taffeta and voided velvet; ornamented with glass beads and a small amount of chiffon ruffle at the cuff. Found in Collection.   For November’s Curator’s Cache we feature this exquisite deep burgundy velvet suit, c. 1883. It was selected as a companion to Silhouette: An Intimate History of Undergarments […]

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Curator’s Cache: Jet Black

Black silk dress c. 1913. Ornamented with embroidery, chiffon and jet beads. Found in collection. First in a series of Curator’s Cache objects, this exquisite black silk dress dates from the early nineteen-teens, probably about 1913. It is both as ornate as a Victorian dress with embroidery and chiffon embellishments; and as simple as an […]

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V-J Day Memories

V-J Day Memories: Where were you when? Gazette Article by: Jane Lord Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 1995 As the 50th anniversary of V-J Day approaches, some Winnetka residents recall their wartime experiences and where they were on August 14, 1945. Bob Woolson was stationed on Guam as a 1st lieutenant in the Army Air […]

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From the Curator, spring 2015

by Siera Erazo Since the founding of the Winnetka Historical Society in 1932, members have collected artifacts, documents, costumes, photos, and films related to Winnetka’s history. Some early donations to WHS included: “pre-historic moose’s antler uncovered in the bogg [sic] west of Winnetka,” “a part of the stern post of the Lady Elgin” donated by […]

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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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The Portrait of Mary Dohn

By Nan Greenough Portrait of a Young Woman in a Silk Robe. Pauline Dohn Rudolph (1865-1934) Oil on canvas. 1989.2118 One of the most beautiful pieces in the Winnetka Historical Society’s art collection is an exquisite large oil portrait of a young woman in a Chinese robe.  This summer the painting was the object of […]