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Curator's Cache: A Token of Love

Curator’s Cache: A Token of Love

Valentine’s Day Cards, c.1880.  Winnetkan Susan Garland received these cards sometime in the 1880s.  While valentines were still sent to romantic loves, in the 1800s, people began to send greetings to a larger circle of loved ones or friends. Victorian valentines were often hand-decorated with ribbon, lace, or sometimes feathers and real plants and flowers. These valentines […]


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 […]

Inaugural Exhibit at 411 Linden

Inaugural Exhibit at 411 Linden Gazette Article by: Maura Rogan Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2006 The Village Green: Where Winnetka Celebrates and Remembers In her book “The Story of Winnetka,” Lora Townsend Dickinson refers to the Village Green as “a kind of spiritual center, a shrine, a meeting place for celebrations of the entire […]

Once Upon a Time…Growing Up in Winnetka

Gazette Article by: Liz Nesler Appeared in the Gazette: Spring/Summer 2007 Winnetka has always cherished its young people. And generations of Winnetkans have preserved memories of those fleeting years by saving photographs, clothing, toys, and other mementos. As the fortunate recipient of many such treasures, the Winnetka Historical Society is pleased to celebrate over 100 […]

Remembering Winnetka’s WWII Veterans

Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 2011 The Winnetka Historical Society’s past exhibit, “Serving on All Fronts: Winnetka and World War II,” is noteworthy for its unique artifacts, fascinating stories and interesting displays. The exhibit showcased the uniforms and stories of five Winnetka veterans, and includes artifacts that illustrate the war in Europe and the Pacific, as […]

Loosen Your Corset Opening

Loosen Your Corset, Roll Up Your Sleeves

The physical exhibit is closed, but its online counterpart is always open! Loosen Your Corset, Roll Up Your Sleeves: The Progressive Era in Winnetka: 1890-1920 examines the transformation of a sleepy rural village into a forward-looking, modern suburb. Running parallel to these changes were severe social dislocations across the country as impoverished populations, from […]