Tag Archives: Village Green

Admiral Dewey’s Cannon

By Charles Shabica At the northwest corner of the Winnetka Village Green lies an old bronze muz­zle-loading cannon I discovered in 1971 when I attended my first July 4th celebration in Winnetka. According to my friend, long­ time Winnetka Historical Society member and veteran, Phil Hoza, the cannon may have been given to the Village by […]

Winnetka Fourth of July Foundations

By Susan Whitcomb The Fourth of July was designated a national holiday by the United States Congress in 1870, just one year after Winnetka was granted its village charter by the State of Illinois. The oldest official evidence of Winnetka’s independence celebration is a printed program from 1873. Headlined as a “National Celebration,” it took […]


Historic Civil Rights Milestone in July 2015

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech on the Village Green By Cecile Hales Originally published the Fall/Winter 2014 Gazette Fifty years—surely a milestone to be celebrated and an opportunity to look back, no matter what the original event. In this case the event was truly historic: July 2015 will mark 50 […]

Village Green is Winnetka’s Spiritual Center

Gazette Article by: Nan Greenough Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 2004 Around Your Neighborhood: Village Green is Winnetka’s Spiritual Center After 16 years in Chicago, and with the school needs of our toddler in mind, we started to look for a house in the suburbs. A friend said, “If you’re from New England and still […]

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 […]


Martin Luther King, Jr. in Winnetka

Gazette Article by: Betsy Landes Appeared in the Gazette: Spring/Summer 2006 Few of today’s Winnetka residents may be aware of, and fewer still may have actually witnessed, the event forty years ago that drew the largest crowd ever assembled on the Village Green. On the evening of July 25, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., […]

Martin Luther King Event Spurs Action by Winnetka Eighth Graders

Martin Luther King Event Spurs Action by Winnetka Eighth Graders Gazette Article by: Susan Whitcomb Appeared in the Gazette: Spring/Summer 2007 Cecilia Gigiolio, a Social Studies teacher at Washburne School, attended the January 15, 2007 Martin Luther King in Winnetka panel discussion with several of her eighth grade students. The next day, the class had […]

“V” is for Veteran

Gazette Article by: Elaine Fandell Appeared in the Gazette: Autumn 2001 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 […]