Dec
3
1:00 pm13:00

Holiday Open House

The Waukegan Historical Society’s Holiday Open House with Victorian era decorations is Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 1:00-5:00pm at the Waukegan History Museum located in Bowen Park-1917 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL 60087.  Light refreshments will be served.  Not in the holiday spirit?  Stop in to catch the last glimpse of the exhibit Waukegan: Then & Now.  Admission to the Museum is Free.


Nov
12
10:00 am10:00

Remembering Our Veterans - Guided Walking Tour

Veterans dating back from the War of 1812 are laid to rest at Waukegan's Oakwood Cemetery.  On this guided tour, participants will visit the graves of numerous soldiers and hear their heroic stories.  Participants will first gather at Lilac Cottage-1911 N. Sheridan Road in Bowen Park, at 10am and will take a shuttle bus to Oakwood Cemetery.

Walking tours are FREE and are facilitated by Waukegan History Museum staff.  For all walking tours, please dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes and also bring something to drink.  Tours may be cancelled in rain or inclement weather.

Pre-register by calling the Jack Benny Center (847-360-4740) at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park or online at www.waukeganparks.org.

Oct
29
6:00 pm18:00

Haunted Waukegan - Guided Walking Tour

Learn the haunted and strange stories of Waukegan's past on this guided tour.  The tour starts outside of the Douglas House in Upton Park.  The tour will cover three miles and will last two hours.

Walking tours are FREE and are facilitated by Waukegan History Museum staff.  For all walking tours, please dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes and also bring something to drink.  Tours may be cancelled in rain or inclement weather.

Pre-register by calling the Jack Benny Center (847-360-4740) at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park or online at www.waukeganparks.org.

Oct
28
6:00 pm18:00

Haunted Waukegan - Guided Walking Tour

Learn the haunted and strange stories of Waukegan's past on this guided tour.  The tour starts outside of the Douglas House in Upton Park.  The tour will cover three miles and will last two hours.

Walking tours are FREE and are facilitated by Waukegan History Museum staff.  For all walking tours, please dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes and also bring something to drink.  Tours may be cancelled in rain or inclement weather.

Pre-register by calling the Jack Benny Center (847-360-4740) at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park or online at www.waukeganparks.org.

Oct
16
3:00 pm15:00

Show & Tell Program

At the Jane Addams Center in Bowen Park-95 Jack Benny Drive

Back by popular demand is the Waukegan Historical Society's fall "Show & Tell" program.  Last fall we brought back this program after it had been dormant for over 10 years and it created many memorable memories.

This fun program is dependent on "you" for being successful.  Please bring something special from your own personal collections to show off and talk about.  Items can be Waukegan related or just something that is interesting. 

This free program is open to Waukegan Historical Society members as well as the general public.  We encourage you to invite your friends to come along and enjoy Waukegan's history. 

Oct
1
10:00 am10:00

Ray Bradbury's Green Town - Guided Walking Tour

Walk the streets of author Ray Bradbury's "Green Town" on this guided tour of downtown Waukegan.  The places, people, and events from Bradbury's fictional Green Town (Waukegan) books will be highlighted.  The tour starts at Ray Bradbury Park-41 N. Park Avenue.  A shuttle bus will return participants back to Bradbury Park at the conclusion of the tour.

Walking tours are FREE and are facilitated by Waukegan History Museum staff.  For all walking tours, please dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes and also bring something to drink.  Tours may be cancelled in rain or inclement weather. 

Pre-register by calling the Jack Benny Center (847-360-4740) at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park or online at www.waukeganparks.org.

Sep
10
12:00 pm12:00

22nd Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk

The 22nd Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk is Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12:00-5:00 pm.  The Cemetery Walk is sponsored by the Waukegan Park District, Waukegan Historical Society and the City of Waukegan.  The Oakwood Cemetery Walk is an annual “living history” event that showcases the rich history of Waukegan through costumed actors portraying local historical figures with connections to the cemetery and Waukegan, Illinois. 

The theme of this year’s Oakwood Cemetery Walk is "The Voters Choice: Waukegan Votes That Mattered."

The Cemetery Walk starts at Lilac Cottage in Bowen Park-1911 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL, 60087.  Buses will depart from Lilac Cottage to Oakwood Cemetery at 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, and 3:15pm.  Ticket prices are $3 in advance and $5 the day of the event.  Advance tickets can be purchased at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts-39 Jack Benny Drive, the Field House Sports and Fitness Center-800 Baldwin Avenue in Hinkston Park, or at the Belvidere Recreation Center-412 S. Lewis Avenue in Belvidere Park.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.waukeganparks.org.  There is no public parking at Oakwood Cemetery.

Each tour is expected to run approximately 1.5 hours and will include walking on uneven ground.  The last tour will start at 3:30pm.  The Cemetery Walk will proceed during inclement weather.  The Waukegan History Museum will be open from 11:00am-4:00pm during the event. 

For more information please contact Ty Rohrer-Museum Supervisor at 847-336-1859 or the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit www.waukeganparks.org

 

Aug
5
5:30 pm17:30

Waukegan and the Movies-Guided Walking Tour

Waukegan has played an important role in the history of the motion picture industry.  Sites related to the making of movies, theaters, and Hollywood star, Jack Benny will be visited.  The tour starts at the Visual Arts Center-533 Grand Avenue in Powell Park. 

Walking tours are FREE and are facilitated by Waukegan History Museum staff.  For all walking tours, please dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes and also bring something to drink.  Tours may be cancelled in rain or inclement weather. 

Pre-register by calling the Jack Benny Center (847-360-4740) at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park or online at www.waukeganparks.org.

 

Jul
23
10:00 am10:00

Historic Homes of Sheridan Road-Guided Walking Tour

Discover the history of some of the homes located up and down Waukegan's beautiful and historic Sheridan Road.  Tour starts outside of the Douglas House in Upton Park-732 N. Genesee Street. 

Walking tours are FREE and are facilitated by Waukegan History Museum staff.  For all walking tours, please dress accordingly with comfortable walking shoes and also bring something to drink.  Tours may be cancelled in rain or inclement weather. 

Pre-register by calling the Jack Benny Center (847-360-4740) at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park or online at www.waukeganparks.org.

 

May
15
2:00 pm14:00

Antique Appraiser

Mark Moran, very well known appraiser will be presenting a program from 2-5pm at the Schornick Theatre.  Bring in your antique items for a professional appraisal.  The cost is $10.00 per item and you must make an appointment in advance so that the event will go smoothly. 

Everyone is welcome to attend and watch the appraisals and learn something-or bring something and find out if you can retire early!

Also, the annual Waukegan Historical Society History Fair Award will be presented and showcased during the program.  This award goes to the best Waukegan High School project that incorporates Waukegan's history into the National History Day Theme.

Contact us now for an appointment (2-5pm) with Mark Moran.  Email Ty Rohrer (museum@waukeganhistorical.org) or call 847-336-1859.

Apr
16
10:00 am10:00

Guided Walking Tour: Waukegan's Civil War Sites

Learn the history of Waukegan relating to the Civil War while walking the streets of downtown in this guided tour led by Museum Supervisor, Ty Rohrer. The tour starts at Veterans Memorial Plaza located on the southwest corner of Washington and West Streets in Washington Park.

Nov
7
10:00 am10:00

Guided Walking Tour: Remembering Our Veterans

Veterans dating back from the War of 1812 are laid to rest at Waukegan’s Oakwood Cemetery. On this guided tour led by Museum Supervisor, Ty Rohrer, participants will visit the graves of numerous soldiers and hear their heroic stories.

Guided walk through Oakwood Cemetery. Shuttle van to cemetery leaves from Lilac Cottage in Bowen Park. Limited parking at Oakwood Cemetery

Please pre-register for walking tours at waukeganparks.org, call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit the Jack Benny Center (39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park).

Oct
31
10:00 am10:00

Guided Walking Tour: Ray Bradbury's Green Town

Walk the streets of author Ray Bradbury’s “Green Town” on this guided tour of downtown Waukegan and surrounding area. The places, people, and events from Bradbury’s fictional Green Town (Waukegan) books will be highlighted.

Starts at Ray Bradbury Park (41 North Park Avenue).

Please pre-register for walking tours at waukeganparks.org, call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit the Jack Benny Center (39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park).

Oct
24
6:00 pm18:00

Guided Walking Tour: Ghost Tour

Learn the haunted and strange stories of Waukegan's past on this guided tour. The tour starts outside of the Douglas House in Upton Park. The tour will cover 3 miles and will last 2 hours.

Please pre-register for walking tours at waukeganparks.org, call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit the Jack Benny Center (39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park).

Oct
23
6:00 pm18:00

Guided Walking Tour: Ghost Tour

Learn the haunted and strange stories of Waukegan's past on this guided tour. The tour starts outside of the Douglas House in Upton Park. The tour will cover 3 miles and will last 2 hours.

Please pre-register for walking tours at waukeganparks.org, call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit the Jack Benny Center (39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park).

Oct
18
3:00 pm15:00

Show and Tell Double Header

  • Jane Addams Center

It has been some time since we have hosted a show and tell program. We want to share with you a few unique items from our museum and library while also giving you the opportunity to bring in some- thing from your own personal collection to show off and talk about. Items can be Waukegan related or just something that you find interesting. If you would like a table to display your collection, please call the Waukegan History Museum at 847-336-1859 to make arrangements. This free event is open to Waukegan Historical Society members as well as the general public. 

Sep
26
10:00 am10:00

Guided Walking Tour: Waukegan and the Movies

Waukegan has played an important role in the history of the motion picture industry. On this tour, sites related to the making of movies, theaters, local actors, and of course Jack Benny will be featured.

The tour starts at the Visual Arts Center-533 Grand Avenue in Powell Park. The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours and will include nearly 2 miles of walking.

Please pre-register for walking tours at waukeganparks.org, call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740 or visit the Jack Benny Center (39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park).

Civil War Era Flag Returning Home
Aug
23
2:15 pm14:15

Civil War Era Flag Returning Home

  • Waukegan History Museum

The Waukegan Historical Society is presenting and transferring a 34 Star American Flag, hand-made during the Civil War, to the Waukesha Historical Society and Museum in a ceremony on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Special viewing of the flag at the Waukegan History Museum will be from 2:00- 3:00pm.

This treasured artifact has been in the care of the Waukegan Historical Society for many years and it has a wonderful story. It was made by wives of soldiers who enlisted to fight for the Union cause in the Civil War. When the flag was donated to the Waukegan Historical Society, it was believed that the soldiers were from Waukegan; however, after detailed research, it was found that the actual origin was Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The Waukegan Historical Society had planned to showcase the flag as part of their commemorative events for the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The flag, sized 10.5 feet by 6.5 feet, was to be the focal point of a new exhibition. Upon finding that the provenance of the flag was Waukesha, WI, the Waukegan Historical Society Board of Directors officially deaccessioned the artifact and contacted the Waukesha Historical Society and Museum to send the item back home.

The flag was originally donated by Francis White to the Waukegan Historical Society in 1985. Francis White was married to Lloyd A. White, whose grandfather was John A. Watson, who served in the Civil War from Waukesha. It is believed that there may have been some confusion originally over the origins of the flag due to the similar names of Waukegan and Waukesha.

The Waukesha soldiers who are associated with the flag all served in Company F. of the 28th Regiment of the Wisconsin Infantry, nicknamed “The Badger Guards.” They are John Watson, Charles I. McGill, James Moyes, Alex Rodgers, Gottlieb Borhmann, and Benjamin Campbell. The soldiers all were from Waukesha County and volunteered around July and August 1862.

August 23, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of date when the soldiers mustered out of the war.

Aug
22
10:00 am10:00

Walking Tour: Discover Bowen Park

Schedule a time to take a free guided tour of beautiful Bowen Park! On the tour you will learn about the early years of the property when it was a farm, the 50 years when the Jane Addams Hull House operated the Bowen Country Club, and the later years as Waukegan’s largest park. The Bowen Country Club, operated by the Jane Addams Hull House of Chicago was a summer camp for the underprivileged children of Chicago that operated from 1912 to 1962. You will learn about the buildings that were constructed for the camp and the many things that were offered to the campers.  Walking on the trails in the park, flowers and wildlife will be pointed out along with discussion on how the park’s natural habitat is being preserved.

The tour will start outside of the Waukegan History Museum and will conclude with a tour of Lilac Cottage.

The tour will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Walking will include hills, trails, and uneven ground.  Please contact us to schedule a tour.

Jun
27
10:00 am10:00

Discover Bowen Park Guided Walking Tour

Schedule a time to take a free guided tour of beautiful Bowen Park! On the tour you will learn about the early years of the property when it was a farm, the 50 years when the Jane Addams Hull House operated the Bowen Country Club, and the later years as Waukegan’s largest park. The Bowen Country Club, operated by the Jane Addams Hull House of Chicago was a summer camp for the underprivileged children of Chicago that operated from 1912 to 1962. You will learn about the buildings that were constructed for the camp and the many things that were offered to the campers.  Walking on the trails in the park, flowers and wildlife will be pointed out along with discussion on how the park’s natural habitat is being preserved. The tour will start outside of the Waukegan History Museum and will conclude with a tour of Lilac Cottage.

The tour will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Walking will include hills, trails, and uneven ground.  Please contact us to schedule a tour.

Jun
21
1:00 pm13:00

Tour of Homes

The Tour of Homes was started in 1969 to showcase the wonderful homes in Waukegan. Over forty years later, the Tour of Homes has opened the doors to over 200 houses and businesses for participants to enjoy.

This year we have three fabulous homes plus the Genesee Theatre.

Read about the tour sites and find out where to buy your tickets now on our Tour of Homes page!

May
31
2:45 pm14:45

General Meeting and Program

  • Jane Addams Center in Bowen Park

Mark your calendar for the Waukegan Historical Society’s Annual Meeting. Join us for a brief meeting that includes the elections of new Society board members, followed by a program on the Lake County Courthouses and a special presentation by the Waukegan High School Metro Fair winner.

Unveiling the Outdoor Exhibit for the Courthouse Cornerstone
May
31
2:00 pm14:00

Unveiling the Outdoor Exhibit for the Courthouse Cornerstone

  • Waukegan History Museum

Join us as we unveil the corner- stone of the old Lake County Courthouse in a new outdoor exhibit. This cornerstone—for the second Lake County Courthouse building in Waukegan—was laid by the Waukegan Masonic Fraternity in a ceremony on Thursday, April 18, 1878. In the mid-1960s when the current courthouse building was built, it was preserved by Howard L. Peterson and his daughter has passed it to the Waukegan Historical Society.

Program: The Assassination of President Lincoln
Apr
18
3:00 pm15:00

Program: The Assassination of President Lincoln

  • Jane Addams Center

The Waukegan Historical Society is hosting a free program by historian Jim Gibbons titled The Assassination of President Lincoln to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln memorabilia from the Waukegan Historical Society and private collectors will also be on display.

Walking Tour: Waukegan’s Civil War Sites
Apr
18
10:00 am10:00

Walking Tour: Waukegan’s Civil War Sites

Learn the history of Waukegan relating to the Civil War while walking the streets of downtown in this guided tour led by Museum Supervisor, Ty Rohrer. The tour starts at Veterans Memorial Plaza located on the southwest corner of Washington and West Streets in Washington Park.

Holiday Open House
Dec
6
1:00 pm13:00

Holiday Open House

  • Waukegan History Museum

Join us at our holiday open house to see the History Museum all decked out for the holidays.

Nov
8
10:00 am10:00

Remembering Our Veterans

Veterans dating back from the War of 1812 are laid to rest at Waukegan’s Oakwood Cemetery. On this guided tour led by Museum Supervisor, Ty Rohrer, participants will visit the graves of numerous soldiers and hear their heroic stories. Participants will first gather at Lilac Cottage at 10am and will take a shuttle bus to Oakwood Cemetery.

Pre-registration is required for these free tours. Please stop by or call the Jack Benny Center at 847-360-4740 or register on the web at www.waukeganparks.org. These tours will be lead by Museum Supervisor, Ty Rohrer.

Register by 11/1
Park District Registration #4573

Nov
1
10:00 am10:00

Ray Bradbury’s Green Town

Walk the streets of author Ray Bradbury’s “Green Town” on this guided tour of downtown Waukegan and surrounding area. The places, people, and events from Bradbury’s fictional Green Town (Waukegan) books will be highlighted. The tour starts at Ray Bradbury Park at 41 North Park Avenue. A shuttle bus will return participants to Bradbury Park at the conclusion of the Tour.

Pre-registration is required for these free tours. Please stop by or call the Jack Benny Center at 847-360-4740 or register on the web at www.waukeganparks.org. These tours will be lead by Museum Supervisor, Ty Rohrer.

Register by 10/25
Park District Registration 4572