Tag Archives: Schmidt-Burnham Log House


Schmidt-Burnham Log House Update

If you’ve been by the Schmidt-Burnham Log House at 1140 Willow in the past few weeks, you may have noticed a lot of activity going on. Our crew’s been hard at work doing some much needed repairs to the building, both inside and out.  We thank you for your continued support of our Log House […]

Schmidt-Burnham Log House Opens to Public

Gazette Article by: Laurie Petersen Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2006 Despite steady rain and an unseasonable chill, tours of the Schmidt-Burnham log house were filled to capacity at the grand opening on September 10. Visitors of all ages learned about pioneer days from docents in period costume and heard a dramatized first-person account of […]

Ann Hibbard Burnham Smith

Gazette Article by: Bean Carroll Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2001 Ann Hibbard Burnham Smith, born in her family’s log house on July 14, 1920, died August 27th in Exeter, New Hampshire. She was the last resident of the oldest standing structure in Cook County, the Schmidt-Burnham Log House. Mrs. Smith was the youngest of […]

Winnetka/Northfield Rotary Club

Gazette Article by: Suzanne Timble Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2004 The Winnetka Rotary Club is celebrating its 80th anniversary. It held its first meeting on May 24, 1924, at the Winnetka Community House, and to this day, the weekly meetings are held at the same location. In 2002, the name of the Club was […]

Teens Contribute Time, Talent to Log House

Gazette Article by: Betsy Landes Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2008 <img src=”images/15.jpg” class = “left” /> Winnetka residents Charlie Nesler and Andrew Peters are shown with their unique contributions to Winnetka history and the Schmidt Burnham Log House.  Nesler crafted a set of four five-foot-long pine benches for use by groups visiting the Log […]

“B” is for Burnham Log House

Gazette Article by: Trish Early Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1995 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 […]

Burnham Log House: 170 Years of Living

Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 1999 Society to preserve Cook County’s oldest building The Winnetka Historical Society has been given the unique opportunity to preserve and share with the community the Burnham log house – considered to be the oldest building in Cook County. Thanks to the generosity of the Burnham family, the Society has […]

Schmidt-Burnham Log House

Gazette Article by: Cindy Fuller Appeared in the Gazette: Spring/Summer 2000 House of the Season: What’s in a Name?   As Winnetka’s oldest building and a reminder of the earliest settlers of our town, this structure deserves to be referred to by the correct title! Long associated with the “pioneer spirit” of American settlement and […]

House on Wheels: Yesterday and Today

Gazette Article by: Bill Pierce Appeared in the Gazette: Spring/Summer 2000 In 1917, Anita Willets-Burnham of Winnetka was the proud owner of a log house that was already nearly 100 years old. Although pleased with her historic home, she decided to move…the house. To most people, then and today, moving a house would seem an […]