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1039 Fisher Lane

House of the Season, 1039 Fisher Lane

by Helen Weaver When Miss Annie Randolph Tate married Mr. John Van Alstyne Weaver in 1892, newspaper accounts described her as “a well known Southern belle, the daughter of the late Thomas Tate, an extensive planter and cotton mill owner.” One writer claimed Miss Annie was “one of the most popular as well as one […]


Civil Rights on the North Shore: Bringing the Movement Home

Miss the Community House event or just want to see more of the 2002 Chicago Stories Documentary Civil Rights on the North Shore: Bringing the Movement Home? View the full documentary online here: The video window is small, but it contains the full version for free. Also learn more about the program on the […]

411 Linden-5

Researching Your Winnetka Property

Whether you live in a new or an older home, your Winnetka property has a history to tell.  The history of structures on your property can be valuable information for remodeling, renovating, or planning for new buildings or structures on your land. To help you begin your research, we’ve put together a booklet outlining the […]

WHS Gala Save the Date Postcard

A Sheridan Road Soirée, WHS Gala 2014

The Winnetka Historical Society invites you to our annual gala: A Sheridan Road Soirée, at 400 Sheridan Rd. Winnetka, Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 6:30PM. Featuring live music, cocktails, buffet dinner, and raffle items. Summer cocktail attire. Buy tickets: Individual tickets, $200 Silver Sponsorship (4 tickets), $1000 Gold Sponsorship (8 tickets), $2500 Platinum Sponsorship (12 tickets), […]


The Adventurers Exhibit Grand Opening

Thanks to all our dedicated volunteer researchers and visitors who made the opening of our new exhibit: The Adventurers:  Winnetka’s Untold Tales of Travel, 1899-1927. The exhibit features five enterprising expeditions of Winnetkans motivated by humanitarian needs, business interests, artistic inspiration, and intellectual curiosity.  Taken in the first quarter of the 20th century, these journeys […]

WHS Log House Holiday flyer

Holiday at the Log House

Sunday, December 8 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM 1140 Willow Rd, at the Crow Island Woods Step back into a bygone era for some old-fashioned fun! Tour our c. 1837 Log House Hear tales from our costumed docents Enjoy free crafts and holiday treats Meet Silhouette Artist Cassidy Alexander! Nationally known silhouette artist Cassidy Alexander […]


WHS Awarded CAP Grant

Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce the Winnetka Historical Society (WHS) has been chosen to participate in the 2013 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP).  The Winnetka Historical Society joins the 2,800 museums that have participated in CAP in its twenty-two year history. CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the federal Institute of Museum and […]

Making news in 1911

Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 1999 These excerpts from a Winnetka Village Council pamphlet offer some insights into the operation of a modern community, c. 1911: “A horse fire department can leave the Village Hall in one minute. Formerly a reward was offered to anyone in town who could first find a horse, run it […]

Contact 411: A Fitting Title

It’s very fitting that the address of the Winnetka Historical Society on Linden Ave. is 411. The Society is the place to visit (or contact) for information on the history and architecture of the Village. Thousands of documents, photographs, costumes, and three-dimensional artifacts tell the stories of the people, organizations and schools, businesses, houses of […]