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Online History Resources
An interactive timeline that highlights chronological milestones in Lake Forest’s past
Transcriptions of historic Lake Forest/Lake Bluff telephone books - very helpful for genealogy or house history
Find all the Lake Forest aldermen, city managers, treasurers, city marshals and mayors, and the years of their terms
Text from Lake Forest’s City Charter, approved in 1861, amended in 1869
A database of genealogical information taken from petitions for membership and degrees for Lake Forest Masonic Lodge 1026. The database includes names, birthdates, professions, employers, and addresses for each of nearly 300 petitioners born before 1913. The original documents are largely from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and are available in our archives. (For petitioners born in 1913 or later – there are nearly 200 more – visit the Historical Society to access the complete database.)
Lake Forest history as told through some of its oldest trees. Includes current photos, historic photos and a map of tree locations.
Online exhibits produced by Historical Society staff
Learn about the mayors of Lake Forest and the seminal events that occurred during their terms in office
A brochure published in 2003 at the centennial of John Griffth's real estate business, founded in Lake Forest in 1903. Includes a biography of John Griffith, details about his efforts to create Market Square, and a sketch of the 100 years of Griffith, Grant & Lackie.