New Curator Joins the Winnetka Historical Society

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring/Summer 2020 by Ann Thompson Meagan McChesney is the newest Winnetka Historical Society (WHS) staff member who recently began her role as Curator. The Curator’s job is an important one for the organization because the main focus of WHS is the care of the artifacts amassed over an almost 90-year history. […]

A postcard depicting the elegant grounds of the North Shore Health Resort on Sheridan Road.

Curator’s Corner: The Early Days of the North Shore Health Resort (1900s-1930s)

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring/Summer 2020 by Rachel Ramirez “Come and Get Well,” calls a 1918 advertisement for the North Shore Health Resort from the Chicago Daily Tribune. The ad, under the “Health Resorts” section of the classifieds, lauds the facility’s “Scientific care combined with ideal surroundings,” “beautiful grounds,” and a “bathing beach.” Established in […]

Winnetka Fire Department Firemen and Truck, 1915

Fire Department Photo Gallery

Winnetka Fire Department patch and fire engine instruction booklet for a 1919 fire engine. This engine was purchased when George Houren became the first professional fire chief of Winnetka. The Hubbard Woods (Lakeside) fire department in 1900, situated at the Southwest corner of Green Bay Road (Linden) and Scott Ave. “Lakeside Hose Company” is written […]

Peter Butler, WHS Board President Using History to Make Connections

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring/Summer 2020 To help share stories this year, we are thrilled to bring Mike Leonard to the Community House stage. Due to coronavirus precautions about large meetings, we had to postpone this event, but will announce a new date soon. Mike is an Emmy Award winning television journalist, New York Times […]

Gillette Elvgren and Chicago model Myrna Hansen pose for a publicity photo c. 1950.

Naughty but Nice: Commercial Illustrator Gillette Elvgren

Appeared in The Gazette, Spring/Summer 2020 by Helen Weaver For 15 years from the early 1940s until the late 1950s, Winnetka was the home base of Gillette (Gil) Elvgren, a highly successful commercial artist, best known for his paintings of scantily clad women published in advertising calendars for the Brown & Bigelow Company. Elvgren, his […]


Back in the Day: Mike Leonard on Winnetka — ‘This is My Town’

Appeared in The Winnetka Current Daily, February 24, 2020 By Holly Marihugh, Contributing Columnist Mike Leonard will be featured as the guest speaker at Winnetka Historical Society’s Spring Event from 6-8:30 p.m. April 6 at Community House Winnetka. Even though he created stories all over the U.S. and in many places dotting the globe, former […]

Back in the Day: Historic Preservation — Why do we care?

This article originally appeared in the December 26, 2018 issue of the Winnetka Current as Back in the Day: Historic preservation — Why do we care? By Holly Marihugh Mount Vernon, George and Martha Washington’s home in northern Virginia, stood dilapidated in 1853. “South Carolina socialite, Louise Dalton Bird Cunningham, saw Mt. Vernon as she rode […]