Preserving the Past—Preparing for the Future
From our modest beginnings almost 50 years ago to the present, the Society has brought and continues to bring Waukegan’s unique history to the community through its programs and activities. Among these are our annual signature events, the Tour of Homes and the Oakwood Cemetery Walk as well as many outreach programs and events.
Much of our activity is centered at the History Museum and the Raymond Research Library in Bowen Park. Each year, over 1,000 people visit the museum and the library acts as a vital resource for Waukegan students as well as individual researchers.
We now face a critical need for more space, and in partnership with the Waukegan Park district, have developed a conceptual plan for an addition to the museum building. Several architectural renderings and the proposed floor plan are shown here. The addition provides the following:
- The museum and library together in one building
- Dedicated space for both permanent and temporary exhibits
- Flexible special events space for use by both the Society and the Park District
- Environmentally controlled space for our collections
- Elevator access to the upper floor of the museum
- Public access from both levels of Bowen Park
As of July 2016, the Waukegan Historical Society has raised nearly $200,000.00 for the expansion project. .