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Collections Cameo, February 2013

This trifold green program was created for a banquet honoring the Centennial of the City of Lake Forest, which was incorporated in 1861. Over 1,200 attendees flooded Lake Forest College fieldhouse for the gala event, which took place at 7 p.m. on February 18, 1961.

This banquet kicked off a year of festivities celebrating 100 years of Lake Forest. Chairs of the event were Morrison Waud and John Giles, and Mrs. Donald Welles, Mrs. Proehl Jaklon and Mrs. Morrison Waud headed up the dinner committee. Members of the Lake Forest Woman’s Club assisted with the invitations, and florists Herman Jahnke and Julius Konradt supplied flowers. Otis Hubbard served as master of ceremonies.

Highlighting the event was a keynote speech by Senator Barry M. Goldwater, a choice which sparked some lively debate in the Letters to the Editor pages of the Lake Forester. Senator Goldwater spoke...

Collections Cameo, January 2013

The January 1924 image at left shows the Shore Line Route station, now demolished, formerly located at the southwest corner of Deerpath and McKinley. This station serviced the electric interurban railway that once ran between Chicago and Milwaukee and now provides the routes for the area’s bike paths. The North Shore Line saw its final run 50 years ago this month.

This image is part of a collection of glass plate negatives that was donated to the Historical Society in 1982 by Harold G. Mason. Mr. Mason, who passed away in 1985, was a former president of the Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad.

Click here to see a photo gallery of the entire collection, with informative captions written by railroad consultant and historian Norman Carlson.

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Collections Cameo, December 2012

The students and teachers of Halsey School put together this charming school newspaper in December 1948. The newspaper is comprised of 15 typewritten pages, printed on mimeograph paper, stapled together with pink covers. Featured on the front cover is a drawing of two reindeer by fourth grader Patty.

Inside are stories, poems, book reports, drawings and riddles by the Halsey students, mostly the second, third and fourth graders. Page 2 includes a series of informative school news items, which are transcribed below:

Miss Laing’s room made blueprints of leaves. They were very successful.

Halsey school had a Halloween Party. Everybody dressed up and marched over to Market Square. After the parade we had parties in our rooms at school.

On Wednesday before Thanksgiving all of [sic] gathered in the lower hall and sang songs of Thanksgiving...

Collections Cameo, November 2012

Lake Forest men’s clothing store Robertson’s issued this 14-page catalogue in 1956. According to a letter printed on the inside cover from proprietor Ted Washburne and manager Bill Robertson, this was their “first attempt on an original Christmas catalogue which we feel represents Robertson’s.”

The letter reads as follows:

“Dear customer:

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for the patronage you have given us in 1956. We have tried to give you a broad selection of quality merchandise and the extensive personal services you have always been accustomed to at Robertson’s. If we have failed in any way, or if you have any suggestions as to how we may improve our merchandise selection or service, we want to hear from you.

Many of you will be pleased to hear that in response to your repeated requests, we are opening a Boys’ Department shortly after the...

Collections Cameo, September 2012

Theodora Shaw wore this dress for her debut at Ragdale on September 12, 1931. The Chicago Herald and Examiner described it as “a girlish French embroidered white net gown, quaintly fashioned with a square neck and puff sleeves, and trimmed with lavender and blue velvet ribbon.” The interior bodice tag of the dress reads “Guilbert Bret, Paris.”

Theodora Shaw (1913-1996) was the daughter of renowned architect Howard Van Doren Shaw and Frances Wells Shaw. Her debutante reception, a tea hosted by her mother and sisters Evelyn (Mrs. John T....