Oct
15
2:00pm 2:00pm

Haunted Waukegan Stories & Ice "Scream" Social

The Waukegan Historical Society's Fall program this year is on Sunday, October 15 at 2 PM at the Schornick Theater at the Jack Benny Center-39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park. "Haunted Waukegan Stories" is being presented by Ty Rohrer and is followed by an Ice "Scream" social.

This family friendly event is open to the public and is free. 

The raffle for the winners of "Pieces of The Past" will also take place during the fall event.

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Oct
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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Oct
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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Nov
4
10:00am10:00am

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.

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Sep
9
12:00pm12:00pm

2017 Oakwood Cemetery Walk

The 23rd Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk is Saturday, September 9 2017 from 12-5 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 using costumed actors to portray local historical figures with connections to the cemetery and Waukegan.

The theme of this year’s Oakwood Cemetery Walk is “Celebration of the Waukegan Park District Centennial.” Unique stories have been chosen for this year including:
• The formation of the Waukegan Park District
• The first parks
• 1909 Waukegan Park Day Celebration
• The origins of Bonnie Brook Golf Course
• D...r. Eugene King's influences on Waukegan
• The role of the Waukegan Women's Club in supporting parks
• And Many More!

Participants will also hear more stories as well as the history of the City of Waukegan’s Oakwood Cemetery.

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 12pm, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 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 located at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park, the Belvidere Recreation Center 412 S. Lewis Avenue in Belvidere Park, the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center at Hinkston Park 800 Baldwin Avenue and online at www.waukeganparks.org. When registering online, go to “Program Registration” and search for “Tickets.” Day of the event tickets can be purchase by cash or check at Lilac Cottage starting at 11am. Limited tickets are available, this event usually sells out.

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 be held in spite of inclement weather. The Waukegan History Museum will be open from 11am-4pm 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.

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Aug
26
10:00am10:00am

Historic Homes of Sheridan Road-Guided Tour

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

Please pre-register for walking tours at www.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.

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Aug
19
10:00am10:00am

Ray Bradbury's Green Town-Guided Tour

Walk the streets of author Ray Bradbury's "Green Town" on this guided tour of downtown.  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 back to Bradbury Park at the conclusion of the tour. 

Please pre-register for walking tours at www.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.

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Jul
29
10:00am10:00am

Belvidere Park-Guided Walk

While walking the grounds of Belvidere Park on this guided tour, you will learn the history of the park as well as the changes that have occurred over the years in the surrounding neighborhood.  Tour will start outside of the Belvidere Rec Center.

Please pre-register for walking tours at www.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.

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Jul
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

Statues, Sculpture & Art-Guided Walk

Learn the history of the various works of art in the downtown area of Waukegan.  Tour starts at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Washington Park at the corner of Washington & West Streets. 

Please pre-register for walking tours at www.waukeganparks.org, call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts 847-360-4740 or visit the Jack Benny Center-39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park.  You can also register on-site.

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Exhibit Opening
Apr
29
2:00pm 2:00pm

Exhibit Opening

The Waukegan History Museum’s new exhibition “Sweetheart Mine: World War I Love Letters” commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the United States entering World War I.
 

Join us for the unveiling of the exhibit at the Waukegan History Museum-1917 N. Sheridan Road in Bowen Park on Sunday, April 29, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  The exhibit unveiling is free to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit tells the story of two couples before, during, and after World War I using personal letters from the archives of the Waukegan Historical Society.  Homer Dahringer and Ruth Besley start their courtship while attending Waukegan High School.  Homer joined the Army flying squadron in World War I.  Elizabeth Tarver, growing up in Waukegan in a prominent African American family, started correspondence with Westley Dyer, who served as a corporal in the Army.

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Dec
3
1:00pm 1:00pm

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.

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Oct
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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Oct
16
3:00pm 3:00pm

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. 

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Oct
1
10:00am10:00am

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.

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Sep
10
12:00pm12:00pm

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

 

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Aug
5
5:30pm 5:30pm

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.

 

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Jul
23
10:00am10:00am

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.

 

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May
15
2:00pm 2:00pm

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.

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Nov
7
10:00am10:00am

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).

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Oct
31
10:00am10:00am

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).

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Oct
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

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).

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Oct
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

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).

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Oct
18
3:00pm 3:00pm

Show and Tell Double Header

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. 

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Sep
26
10:00am10:00am

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).

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

Civil War Era Flag Returning Home

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.

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Aug
22
10:00am10:00am

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.

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Jun
27
10:00am10:00am

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.

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Jun
21
1:00pm 1:00pm

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!

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May
31
2:45pm 2:45pm

General Meeting and Program

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.

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

Unveiling the Outdoor Exhibit for the Courthouse Cornerstone

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.

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