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Peace Activist and Suffragette Lola Maverick Lloyd (1875-1944) wore this beaver fur hat, c. 1910.

Curator’s Corner

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2020 Gazette by Meagan McChesney, PhD This year’s successful Virtual Gala featured several of the unique hats housed in the Winnetka Historical Society’s offsite Costume Collection. While notable in their own right for their beautiful designs and detailing, collecting images of these hats led me to wonder about the people […]

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A Local Physician’s Perspective on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2020 Gazette by Holly Marihugh Q: How has your practice changed since the influx of COVID-19 cases? A: First, patients just stayed away. When patients are fearful about their health, availing themselves of their primary care doctor or the healthcare system is an automatic response. In this totally unusual situation, […]

The Ko sisters, Avery, 9, and Elliot,13, near Winnetka’s Cenotaph.
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Winnetkans Show Support for Wiping Out Systemic Racism

Originally appeared in the Fall 2020 Gazette by Holly Marihugh Last June 6th on the Village Green in Winnetka, the same ground where Martin Luther King Jr. spoke 55 years ago, an estimated 2,000 Winnetkans gathered to denounce racism. This year marked an explosion of protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd […]

Mary shoveling snow at 615 Cherry Street, winter of 1967

Pivoting in a Pandemic

Originally appeared in the Fall 2020 Gazette By Executive Director, Mary Trieschmann In the spring of 2020 we experienced historic events, reminding us that Winnetka is part of a global community and compelling us all to “pivot.” As soon as news of the coronavirus hit the press, we pivoted to continue our mission to honor […]

The Winnetka lake shore in its pre-settlement natural state.

The Illinois Lakeshore 2100, Adaptive Shorelines to Cope with Climate Change

Appeared in the Gazette, Fall/Winter 2019 By Charles W. Shabica, Ph.D., P.G. Educated at Brown, Yale, and the University of Chicago, Charles Shabica is President of Shabica & Associates, Inc., Coastal Scientists and Engineers, and is Emeritus Professor of Earth Science, Northeastern Illinois University.   High lake levels and more intense storms have many Great […]

May 6: 2003: The Schmidt-Burnham Log House travels west on Tower Road, clocking in at about 3mph. While the news media helicoptered overhead, a couple of hundred kids and adults lined the road to marvel at the spectacle.

The Big Move: When the Log House Made a Landing in Crow Island Woods

By Holly Marihugh Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2019   Even though it rained cats and dogs on and off, around 300 visitors stepped across the threshold of the Schmidt-Burnham Log House on Pioneer Day held September 22nd. The event was part of Winnetka’s year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the village’s founding. The […]

The Committee for the Green Bay Trail raised funds and worked with local government to pave the path from Glencoe to Winnetka. On June 10, 1969, a grand opening celebration took place on the Winnetka Village Green. Photo credit: Winnetka Talk, 1969

A Look Back at 1969, Winnetka’s Centennial Year

By Helen Weaver Appeared in the Gazette: Fall/Winter 2019 As we celebrate the sesquicentennial year of our Village’s founding, let’s take a look back at what was happening In Winnetka 50 years ago, during the year of our centennial celebration. While many of us might remember 1969 as the year of the lunar landing, Woodstock, […]

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Hadley: a Shining Light for 100 Years

Originally appeared in the Fall 2015 Gazette; updated August 2020 By Cecile Hales; Updates by Meagan McChesney Winnetka schools are known around the country and around the world, and none holds this distinction more proudly than Hadley, now celebrating its 100th anniversary.   Hadley’s progress since its inception in 1920 is remarkable: from a single […]

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Back in the Day: Penny and Don Trieschmann: Won’t You Be Our Neighbor?

Originally appeared in The Winnetka Current, March 30, 2020 By Holly Marihugh, Contributing Columnist It’s hard to overstate the type of “open door” policy the Trieschmann family had in its Cherry Street neighborhood for the last 58 years. Over the decades, the family invited many neighbors and friends to come on in, including an 18-year-old […]