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Donate an Artifact

Donate an Artifact

Our museum collection is who we are: it’s the basis for our exhibitions, programs and research resources. We are always appreciative of any donation to enhance our collection. Please think of the Historical Society when you are cleaning out your attics, closets and basements!

Not only is your donation to the collection tax deductible – it preserves the community’s history for future generations. Your family’s treasures will be well cared for in our archives storage and available for visitors to enjoy.

Here is what we ask when accepting a new donation into the museum collection:

  1. Does it help tell the story of Lake Forest or Lake Bluff?
  2. Can we provide a proper storage environment?
  3. Does it duplicate other items we already have in our collection?

Just because something isn’t over 50 years old doesn’t mean it isn’t a valuable historical artifact. Learn more about our effort to collect items from the recent past with the Lake Forest Legacy Project.

To donate an artifact to the Historical Society, contact our Curator.

Some recent donations to the collection include:

  • Lake Forest City Charter and Ordinances, 1894
  • Pink satin dress designed c. 1965 by Virginia Fiester Frederick
  • Gorton School 1943 graduation program
  • Postcards of Lake Forest scenes
  • Lake Forest City Charter and Revised Ordinances 1898 and 1909, and ephemera from Lake Forest businesses and organizations
  • 8 boxes of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department records and photographs, 1930-1990
  • Framed photograph of the Young Men's Club Football team in 1920
  • Photographs of the Lake Forest Train Station
  • 12 photographs of the Lake Forest High School Band, 1960s-1980s
  • Lois Claypool design portfolio, 1980
  • First National Bank of Lake Forest Annual Reports
  • Lake Forest Woman’s Club President’s binder, 2005-2007
  • Negatives and contact sheets of Lake Forest estate images
  • Farwell family christening gowns and photographs
  • Panoramic photograph of 1921 Lake Forest College football team
  • Ephemera related to the Lake Forest Sports Shop, Robertson’s, and other Lake Forest businesses
  • Records from the Lake Forest Masonic Lodge
  • Records related to Frank Farwell’s public service in Lake Forest
  • World War I uniform, .45 automatic, military diary and memoirs of Charles F. Clarke Sr.