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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Tour: Beautiful Bowen Park Guided 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 the Waukegan History Museum to schedule a tour.
Tour of Homes
Sunday, June TBA 2015
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
Oakwood Cemetery Walk
The 20th Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk's event theme is "Firsts in Waukegan". The event will be on Saturday, September 20 from 12-3:30pm, rain or shine.
Featured stories include: 1st Waukegan Fair, 1st Waukegan Baseball Team, Local Inventions, Glen Rock Pop, 1st Airplane Ride, Academy Theatre, 1st Telephone, 1st Lighthouse
Ticket prices are: $3 in advance and $5 day of. Advanced tickets can be purchased at: the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, 39 Jack Benny Center Dr. in Bowen Park.
Online registration is available @ www.waukeganparks.org, please use the following program numbers:
12:00pm bus - #4605
12:30pm bus - 4606
1:30pm bus - #4607
2:00pm bus - #4608
3:15pm bus - #4609
*there is no public parking at Oakwood Cemetery during this event
Waukegan-Then & Now
Dr. Vincent C. Price and his many Endeavors
The Civil War - The War Efforts in Waukegan
Back by popular demand! Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the en of the Civil War (1861-1865). This exhibit will run January 20, 2015-June 6, 2015.
The Lincoln Assassination 150 years ago
Explore Abraham Lincoln's visit to Waukegan and the reaction the people of Waukegan had after hearing the news of the assassination. On display will be a model of the Lincoln home in Springfield and it will be decorated as it was after Lincoln's death. This exhibit will run March 3 - June 6, 2015.
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.