Waukegan Historical Society Information
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The Waukegan History Museum is located in Bowen Park-1917 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL 60087 and is operated by the Waukegan Historical Society and the Waukegan Park District. For more information please contact the Waukegan Historical Society at 847-336-1859, email email@example.com, or visit www.waukeganhistorical.org.
Waukegan: A History
The Waukegan Historical Society is pleased to announce their new publication Waukegan: A History by local historian/author Ed Link.
Waukegan is a city that has evolved from an area inhabited by Native Americans, to a trading post, to an agricultural hub, to a destination of industry, and finally to a service-based economy. It is a city that reflects the unique cultures and heritages of people who have come from all over the world to call Waukegan their home.
Ed Link’s lively text explores the rich and diverse history of Waukegan and takes the reader from its earliest beginnings to today.
Over 200 photographs, maps, and other images from the Waukegan Historical Society archives and other sources, including many never previously published, bring the story of Waukegan to life.
Book is available for purchase at the Waukegan History Museum -1917 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL 60087.
Exhibit: Jack Benny from Waukegan to Hollywood
Exhibit: Back to School
Location: Waukegan History Museum (1917 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan) (847) 336-1859
Description: This exhibit will be a re-creation of an old school room (circa 1930s). Participants will be able to sit in the old desks and will learn what it was like to be in school during that period of time. This history of the Waukegan Schools as well as prominent teachers from the past will also be incorporated. October 12, 2013 - June 7, 2014
Tour: Beautiful Bowen Park Guided Tour
Description: 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 the Waukegan History Museum to schedule a tour.
Tour of Homes
Sunday, TBA 2014
The annual Tour of Homes is a self-guided tour that showcases selected, beautiful homes in Waukegan. Participants are able to learn the history of some of the finest homes in the city as well as tour their interiors. The Tour of Homes, started in 1969, is the main fundraiser of the Waukegan Historical Society.
General Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Jack Benny Center, 39 Jack Benny Drive, Bowen Park. Exact cash or checks only
Free History Programs from the Waukegan Historical Society and Waukegan Park District
For your organization, group, social event, or classroom.
Native American History of the Waukegan Area
*Early settlers of Little Fort
Waukegan and the Underground Railroad
Abraham Lincoln Goes to Waukegan
The Civil War: The War Efforts in Waukegan
*Waukegan’s Famous Civil War Drummer Boys
*The Early Industry Worker
“Firsts” in Waukegan
Waukegan: A History of Immigration
Lake Michigan History and the Lady Elgin Shipwreck
Waukegan’s African American History
Influential Women of Waukegan’s Past
Prominent Events and Visitors of Waukegan
Edward Amet and the Motion Picture Industry in Waukegan
Ray Bradbury: Waukegan’s Influence on a Visionary
Jack Benny: From Waukegan to Hollywood
*“What-Cha-Ma-Call-It” History Trunk (hands on program)
*Guided Neighborhood Walking Tours
*for school groups only (all other programs are for both school and adult groups)
- Program length is 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Many programs are multimedia presentations with hands-on artifacts.
- Programs presented in the schools are based on Illinois Social Sciences Performance Standards.
- Programs can be given for multiple classrooms on the same day.
- Programs able to be scheduled to be given on a weekly basis.
- Presenter is the Supervisor of the Waukegan History Museum.
- 250 programs presented in the last 2 years reaching over 5,000 students and adults.
Waukegan History Museum
1917 N. Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60087
For Educators and Youth Leaders
All programs are free!
- Guided Museum Tours (All Grades)
- Guided Bus Tours (All Grades)
- Classroom Presentations (All Grades)
- Library Research (All Grades)
- Research assistance of Chicago Metro History Fair (All Grades)
- The History of Waukegan, Illinois Teacher’s Guide (4th Grade)
For more information please contact us.