The collections of the Grayslake Historical Society include artifacts and archival items which pertain to Grayslakeʼs history and its people.

Archive collection includes:

  • Abstract of Titles
  • Audio tapes – oral histories, veteransʼ interviews
  • Avon Township records
  • Business Histories
  • Cookbooks
  • Family histories – Rich, Hendee, Fuller and related families
  • Illinois Blue Book
  • Image file (by topics)1
  • Local authors
  • Local village history books – Hainesville, Monaville, Lake Villa
  • Maps – plat books, 1873 Lake County, 1861 Lake County, 1851 Avon Township, 1840 Surveyor, 1919 Scharf trail and others
  • Microfilm – Grayslake Times
  • 1918 school histories
  • Scrapbooks – family, Grayslake Garden Club, Home Extension, American Legion, Eiserman football
  • Video tapes – Society programs
  • Yearbooks

Artifact collection includes:

  • Advertising
  • Business items
  • Clothing
  • Farm tools and equipment
  • Household items
  • Industrial
  • Military
  • Occupational tools
  • Organizational
  • Recreational & sports
  • School
  • Personal items
  • Vehicles


The Society accepts items in good condition which relate to Grayslake history or its people. Items, which add to an existing collection, are also considered. Items are evaluated for historic value before being accepted. Items accepted are not necessarily put on display. Donated items become the property of the Grayslake Historical Society.