Tag Archives: Religion

Original Christ Church (formerly Garland Church)
building, 1898.

Winnetka’s First Church Site

  Gazette Article by Linda Corwin, Winter 1994 Updated November 16, 2021 A Wayside Tavern for the Weary: Site for Winnetka’s First Church A wayside tavern for weary pioneers on their long trek from New York to Wisconsin became Winnetka’s first church, Christ Church. When John and Susannah Garland and their eight children reached the […]

Congregation Hakafa

Gazette Article by: Rabbi Robert J. Marx Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2000 Hakafa—the name means circle. The Hakafa community thinks of itself in this way– as a circle in which members support and help one another in acts of worship and study, service and love. In 1983, several families approached me about creating a […]


First Church of Christ, Scientist

Gazette Article by Field Beam, Winter 1998 Updated November 17, 2021 In 1866, Mary Baker Eddy founded Christian Science while she was healing after a serious accident. She used only prayer and biblical inspiration during her recovery. Several years later she wrote and published the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the […]

Plans for the Saints Faith, Hope and Charity grounds published in the Winnetka Talk, February 17, 1938.

Saints Faith, Hope and Charity

Gazette Article by Malachi Flanagan, M.D.,  Fall 1998 Updated November 17, 2021 Founded in 1936, Saints Faith, Hope and Charity Parish was named in honor of three young girls who were martyred in Rome early in the second century. The late Cardinal George Mundelein purchased a 3.5-acre lot at the corner of Linden Street, Hill […]

Postcard of the original Saints Faith, Hope and Charity building, c. 1950. This building is now part of the school's gymnasium.

Saints Faith, Hope and Charity School

Gazette Article by Pamela Riddle Marzec, Summer 1999 Updated November 17, 2021 On September 20, 1939, the doors to Saints Faith, Hope and Charity School opened for the first time. Monsigneur Thomas J. Burke and nine Dominican Sisters from Sinsinawa, Wisconsin welcomed the 98 new students. From the beginning, traditional approaches to education gave way […]

Unitarians: Earliest Winnetka Leaders

Gazette Article by: Steve Vincent Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 2001 The Lake Shore Unitarian Society, which meets Sundays at the Winnetka Community House, has proud roots in Winnetka’s past. Many of our earliest community leaders were Unitarians including Charles Peck, named “the founder of Winnetka.” He invited many of his Unitarian friends, including James […]

First building used by the Winnetka Bible Church, c. 1905.

Winnetka Bible Church

Gazette Article by Carol Erickson, Summer 1998 Updated November 17, 2021 More than a century ago, a small group of Swedish-American young people met regularly for bible study and fellowship in rooms above an empty store at Maple Street and Willow Road. Among their leaders were brothers Gustav and Eric Nelson, owners of the Nelson Laundry […]

Winnetka Covenant Church

Gazette Article by: Arlyne Anderson Garrison Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 1999 Winnetka Covenant Church evolved from a small group of people in 1927 under the leadership of the Reverend A. Ernest Rohrbach. Swedish immigrants working as maids, cooks, gardeners and chauffeurs in wealthy North Shore homes comprised most of the group. Because Sunday work […]


“Q” is for Quincy Lamartine Dowd

Gazette Article by: Chris Fullerton Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 1999 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 […]