Tag Archives: Natural History

Map showing geological context of the Skokie Lagoons.

Getting to Know Winnetka’s Own Science Guy

An interview with WHS Board President Charlie Shabica By Sally Schneiders It all started just prior to a recent Winnetka Historical Society board meeting when Charlie Shabica plunked down on the table a replica of a Tully Monster, an antique flintlock pistol and a seventeenth century silver Spanish dollar. Charlie passed each artifact around so […]

Gypsy Moths: Severe Threat to Winnetka’s Landscape

Gazette Article by: Chris Fullerton Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 1998 White oaks, featured on Winnetka’s familiar brown and white village signs, are in jeopardy. These majestic trees, some centuries old, may soon fall prey to a tiny foe whose life lasts only one year: the gypsy moth. One of the most notorious enemies of […]

“G” is for Green Bay Trail

Gazette Article by: Laurie Starrett Appeared in the Gazette: Winter 1996 Several years ago when the Minnesota Historical Society reopened its exhibit area, a unique approach was taken to interpret its history from “A to Z.” Various objects and topics were depicted by “letters,” and visitors moved through the gallery “alphabetically.” The editorial board of […]

Winnetka’s Changing Lakeshore

Gazette Article by: Charles W. Shabica, Ph.D. Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 1999 100 year battle with beach erosion One hundred years ago, shipping on the Great Lakes was the primary mode of interstate transportation in the Midwest. On the North Shore, sailing vessels carrying passengers, coal, lumber, and even Christmas trees routinely put in […]

Lakefront Issues – Present and Future

Gazette Article by: Charles W. Shabica, Ph.D. Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1999 Living on the Illinois shore of Lake Michigan in a community like Winnetka has great advantages tempered by a few – but important – problems. Since the mid-to-late 19th century, scientists and engineers have faced the challenge of balancing the need for […]

Stable Beaches in Winnetka

Gazette Article by: Charles W. Shabica, Ph.D. and Dana Vale Shabica Appeared in the Gazette: Winter 1999 How to Pay for Them In the last three issues of the Gazette, the history and development of the Winnetka lakefront were presented in the context of regional coastal evolution. Scientists and engineers have shown that, unlike the […]

Winnetka’s Geological History

Gazette Article by: Charles W. Shabica, Ph.D. Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 1999 *Tracing Our Changing Lakeshore* During the past 14,500 years as the Laurentide ice sheet receded from the Great Lakes Basin, the surface of Lake Michigan fluctuated between 45 feet higher and 200 feet lower than today. These extremes were caused by glacial […]

The last remaining Indian Trail Tree in Winnetka, now gone.

Trail Marker Trees — What’s Old is New

Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 2010 (Updated 9-2020) Have you ever thought about a Winnetka before navigation systems, MapQuest, street signs, paved roads, brick roads, dirt roads or any roads at all? When the area we call Winnetka had nothing but footpaths, how did the inhabitants know where to turn for medicinal plants, ceremonial sites […]