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Collections Cameo, March 2012

Photo from Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society Organizational Meeting, 1972

On March 19, 1972, residents of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff met at the Lake Forest public safety building (255 W. Deerpath) to discuss the organization of a historical society. An article in the Lake Forester headlined “Saving the past for the future is aim of group” describes the goals of the meeting, which “probably will be devoted to discussion of programs, a constitution and by-laws, and election of a steering committee.” In the article, founding member John Sedala says that items of historical value will be gathered by the society: “Many times it has hurt me to see these things destroyed and thrown away.”

Once the organizational meeting had been held, the ball really got rolling. By March 30, tentative approval had been given to by-laws. The Historical Society elected officers and formally approved bylaws on April 8, and held its first official meeting on April 23.

Attendees of that organizational meeting include:

Front row: Mrs. James Anderson III, (Mrs. Joseph Rich?), Katherine Beauchamp, Hope Swan, Mrs. Gordon Kelley.

2nd Row: John Sedala, William B. Douglas, Mrs William B. Douglas, Gilbert Raynor, Mrs. Gilbert Raynor, Mrs. E.H. Dangremond, Edna Kelley.

3rd Row: James Anderson III, James R. Getz, Jim Morgan, Hobart Swan, Russell V. Kohr, Dr. E.H. Dangremond, Paul Reaume.