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Beaded purse with fringe, c. 1920s. (WHS

Curator’s Corner: Collections from the 1920s

By Meagan McChesney, WHS Curator This summer, the Winnetka Historical Society’s (WHS) annual gala will be held at 5 Indian Hill Road, a historic property that turns 100 this year. Fittingly, the gala will celebrate the 1920s, the decade in which noted architect Reginald D. Johnson designed the house for Thomas H. McInnerney. The house […]


by Mary Trieschmann, WHS Executive Director The Winnetka Historical Society (WHS) turns 90 this year and what a journey it has had! In 1932, a small group of Winnetkans interested in preserving history decided to organize WHS. In its first year, founding member Frank Windes described the organization’s general mission: “Let us find out all […]

Jennifer Duvall, WHS Program Coordinator

New Program Coordinator Joins WHS

On March 1, 2022, Jennifer Duvall began her new role as Program Coordinator at the Winnetka Historical Society. Jennifer recently received her Master’s degree in Public History from Loyola University Chicago, and is expecting to complete a second Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in May. In addition to her impressive […]

Winnetka Garden Club members Weezie Monroe, Nancy Side, Linda Walsh, Gwen
McConnaughy planting bulbs at Moffat Mall in 2000. (Photo courtesy of WGC)

Winnetka Garden Club: 100 Years of Community Engagement

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2021 Gazette by Barbara Ferry In 1921, local women with a love for flowers, plants and an eye towards conservation, first organized a group that blossomed into the Winnetka Garden Club (WGC). Meetings were held in a member’s home, either preceded by lunch or followed by tea served from a […]

The all-male Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Park, 1918. (Photo: Highland Park Historical Society)

Ravinia: Then and Now

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2021 Gazette By Helen Weaver Ravinia Park has changed since its opening in August 1904 as “the most beautiful and complete amusement place in the west,” but the Ravinia of then and the Ravinia of now still have much in common. A.C. Frost, president of the Chicago & Milwaukee Electric […]

Aerial view of 5 Indian Hill Road. (Photo: Hudson Real Estate Group)

Five Indian Hill Road Celebrates 100 Years

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2021 Gazette By Joan Evanich & Meagan McChesney This year, the stunning Italian villa-style home at 5 Indian Hill Road turns 100 years old. Throughout its long history, 5 Indian Hill has been home to several notable Winnetkans beginning with the original owner, Thomas H. McInnerney. Born in Iowa in […]

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Our House Was a Very Very Very Fine House

Historical research can be challenging, but the results can often be insightful, satisfying and, more than often, surprising. All of these sensations were experienced during the recent search conducted to find more information about the history of the house I grew up in, and those who lived in it prior to me in Winnetka. What […]

Former Village Toy Shop owners Pat and
Liz Berwanger, 2015. (Photo courtesy of
Liz Berwanger)

Winnetka’s First Toy Store

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2021 Gazette, By Meagan McChesney. Few local businesses have held such fond memories for children growing up in Winnetka as the Village Toy Shop. For over 70 years, the store was a staple in the Village, providing the only one-stop shop for classic and new toys, free polka dot gift […]