End of Year Fundraising Campaign!

We hope that you consider donating to the Museum Addition Fund.  Early this year, the Waukegan Historical Society Board of Directors set a goal of raising $200,000 by yearend for the addition to the history museum.  While we have received significant contributions, we still need to raise $50,000 in the short time remaining to reach our goal.  To aid in this effort, the Board of the Society has pledged $25,000 from its reserves with the hope that it will be matched by yearend giving from our members, friends and the community. 

To date, the Waukegan Historical Society has raised over $150,000.00 for the expansion project. 

 Read more about the addition or donate online.

Bring a bit of Waukegan history home! 

The Society is offering a select number of images for sale from its print collection; many were first shown in Images of America: Waukegan  and the Society’s book, Waukegan: A History

 

The images are now available for purchase from the Society as unframed or framed prints (11-in. x 14-in. with a black border) that are ready to hang in your home, office or business.

Order one today!

Welcome!

The Waukegan Historical Society, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was formed in 1968 by a group of residents to preserve and promote the long and varied history of Waukegan. If you have an interest in local history or that of your family, consider becoming a member. We would welcome your participation with us.

The Society and the Waukegan Park District jointly operate the Waukegan History Museum located amidst the gently rolling landscape of Bowen Park in northeastern Waukegan. The Museum resides in two historic structures on Bowen Heritage Circle, the Haines House (home of the Waukegan History Museum) and Lilac Cottage (home of the Raymond Library).

One of the earliest surviving structures in Lake County, the Haines House has been restored to reflect the décor of the late 1800’s when it was the home of John C. Haines, an early mayor of Chicago. It also houses important Waukegan artifacts, and both permanent and short term exhibits. 

The Waukegan History Museum is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Group tours may be scheduled by appointment.

Except as noted above, the Raymond Library houses the Society’s extensive research collection of photos and documents on all aspects of Waukegan’s history. It is open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Events

Events

 

Current Exhibits