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Contact 411: The Rogers Family

My great-grandmother was Anita Willets-Burnham and I remember visiting the log house years ago. Could you please show our family the house when we visit Winnetka? –Karen Rogers, Texas On a sunny day this summer, the Rogers family arrived from Texas to see their ancestor’s home, our very own Schmidt-Burnham Log House. Karen Rogers is […]

From the Curator: Fall 2010

Gazette Column by Katie Macica, Curator Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2010 Curatorial Nitty Gritty Thanks to the hard work of our intrepid summer interns, Caroline Whitcomb and Jack Grasso, the majority of the Burnham collection is finally processed!  When WHS acquired the Schmidt-Burnham Log House from the Burnham family in 2003, we also obtained […]


One-of-a-Kind Winnetka WWII Veteran Database

Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 2011 Due to incredible foresight, the Winnetka Historical Society has an extremely valuable resource relating to World War II. In April 1945, the Winnetka Village Council authorized the appointment of a Joint Committee on War Records. This unique committee was comprised of representatives from Winnetka American Legion Post #10, the […]

Civil War Image

Winnetka’s Civil War Heroes

Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2012 In the summer of 2011, former Winnetkan John Chimoures stopped by the WHS Museum with a simple question: “Why is there no Civil War star on the cenotaph?” Two Civil War soldiers’ names are called out every year on Memorial Day but are not listed on the cenotaph. The […]

Wheels Around Winnetka

Article by Frank A. Windes, Winnetka Village Engineer Reprinted from the Winnetka Talk, March 8, 1930 Appeared in Gazette: Summer 1994 These warm summer days are perfect for cycling along Village streets and paths.  As we enjoy this season and the freedom our bicycles provide, think about what it must have been like cycling here […]