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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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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 […]

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 […]

Peter Butler, New Board President

Appeared in the Gazette, Fall/Winter 2019  “The Stories of Winnetka Are Powerful” By Peter Butler It has been my honor to take over as President of the Winnetka Historical Society Board following the wonderful leadership provided by Helen Weaver. I am also very lucky to be in my role when we already have a great […]

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Curator’s Corner: Smith Family Bible

Appeared in the Gazette, Fall/Winter 2019 By Rachel Ramirez A recent research request came to us from someone in New Hampshire who found a reference in a 1984 genealogical publication. The researcher, hoping to learn about a captain named David Smith, saw a notation describing a “Smith Family Bible” in the Winnetka library. I had […]