Tag Archives: Exhibits

Caro Nan Basket

1970s | Trendsetting Winnetka

Trendsetting Winnetka Carolyn McDaniel and Nancy Steele, the duo behind Caro Nan, built a company which created these picnic style baskets turned into purses. Though located in Jacksonville, Mississippi, they designed bags for customers across the country, including this one for Winnetkans. The local shops illustrated on the side include Minna Hart, which commissioned and […]

Game of Winnetka

1980s | Wheeling and Dealing

Wheelin’ and Dealin’ The Game of Winnetka, also called Wheeler-Dealer, is a Monopoly-style game featuring local businesses. It was sponsored by the Winnetka Youth Organization (WYO). Proceeds from the sales supported WYO. “We’re there when Winnetka’s young people need us,” their brochure proclaimed, and they still are. WYO has been supporting youth since 1966.

Farrier Knife

1930s | Old Jim the Workhorse

Old Jim the Workhorse This tool was used to trim Old Jim’s hooves. The hardworking horse needed the care; he never took a day off. From 1936 to the end of the decade, he held the last dray horse license in the Village of Winnetka. Autos had largely replaced horses in daily life, but the […]

Railroad Lamp

1910s | All Aboard!

All Aboard! The railway through Winnetka transformed the village into a modern suburb by making daily commutes in and out of urban Chicago easy and reliable. Although accidents were not uncommon before the 1943 track depression, these signal lamps made rail travel safer. Their “non-sweating” function increased safety by eliminating moisture and ice from accumulating […]

Two bricks

1870s | Winnetka’s Building Blocks

Winnetka’s Building Blocks Before Winnetka’s founding, Artemas Carter developed a plan to create a great university here, which he would call Academy Hall. In order to establish the school, Carter and fellow founding fathers drafted the charter to incorporate the village on March 10, 1869. The 1870 building was built of handmade yellow-colored bricks, known […]

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Curator’s Cache: Jet Black

Black silk dress c. 1913. Ornamented with embroidery, chiffon and jet beads. Found in collection. First in a series of Curator’s Cache objects, this exquisite black silk dress dates from the early nineteen-teens, probably about 1913. It is both as ornate as a Victorian dress with embroidery and chiffon embellishments; and as simple as an […]


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 […]

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 […]