by Mary Trieschmann, WHS Executive Director The Winnetka Historical Society (WHS) turns 90 this year and what a journey it has had! In 1932, a small group of Winnetkans interested in preserving history decided to organize WHS. In its first year, founding member Frank Windes described the organization’s general mission: “Let us find out all […]

Winnetka Garden Club members Weezie Monroe, Nancy Side, Linda Walsh, Gwen
McConnaughy planting bulbs at Moffat Mall in 2000. (Photo courtesy of WGC)

Winnetka Garden Club: 100 Years of Community Engagement

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2021 Gazette by Barbara Ferry In 1921, local women with a love for flowers, plants and an eye towards conservation, first organized a group that blossomed into the Winnetka Garden Club (WGC). Meetings were held in a member’s home, either preceded by lunch or followed by tea served from a […]

The all-male Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Park, 1918. (Photo: Highland Park Historical Society)

Ravinia: Then and Now

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2021 Gazette By Helen Weaver Ravinia Park has changed since its opening in August 1904 as “the most beautiful and complete amusement place in the west,” but the Ravinia of then and the Ravinia of now still have much in common. A.C. Frost, president of the Chicago & Milwaukee Electric […]

Aerial view of 5 Indian Hill Road. (Photo: Hudson Real Estate Group)

Five Indian Hill Road Celebrates 100 Years

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2021 Gazette By Joan Evanich & Meagan McChesney This year, the stunning Italian villa-style home at 5 Indian Hill Road turns 100 years old. Throughout its long history, 5 Indian Hill has been home to several notable Winnetkans beginning with the original owner, Thomas H. McInnerney. Born in Iowa in […]

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Our House Was a Very Very Very Fine House

Historical research can be challenging, but the results can often be insightful, satisfying and, more than often, surprising. All of these sensations were experienced during the recent search conducted to find more information about the history of the house I grew up in, and those who lived in it prior to me in Winnetka. What […]

Mary, Tom Jr., Mike, and Ellie Molitor at the Hubbard Woods School pumpkin carnival,
1997. (Courtesy of the Molitor family)

The Molitor Family: School Memories, Baseball Games, Sunfish Sailing

Originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2021 Gazette, by Holly Marihugh Our WHS theme this year was “Growing Up in Winnetka,” and the Molitor family embodies that theme. They joined our community in 1994, moving into a house on Scott Avenue in Hubbard Woods. All six members recall their favorite memories about the village and the […]

 “I Got the Sun in the Mornin’ and the Moon at Night.” Young actors singing and dancing their way through “Annie Get Your Gun” in 2015.  Photo courtesy of Winnetka Children’s Theatre.

A Shining Star of Creative Expression: Children’s Theatre of Winnetka

By Joan Evanich  Originally appeared in the Spring 2021 Gazette  Children’s Theatre of Winnetka’s directors and some past CTW members have gone on to successful professional performing arts careers, including Beck Bennett (“SNL”), Mary Kate Schellhardt (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Apollo 13”), Broadway performer Betsy Morgan (“Little Mermaid,” “High Fidelity”) and many others who grace […]