Grayslake Heritage Center and Historical Society Museum has several exhibit areas.

Esper A.Petersen Gallery – The award-winning exhibit Embracing Change: the Growth of Grayslake is in the permanent gallery. Using graphics, photos, text and original artifacts, the story of Grayslake is told.

The story begins with the prairie, trees and lakes attracting pioneers who farm. The coming of the train brings businesses. School and churches are formed. Factories provide employment. Residents and visitors enjoy the lake. Police and fireman give protection. This story is told in a room which was once a one-room schoolhouse, a room, which is still educating people today. A unique feature of this exhibit is the four scent stations.

Charlotte K Renehan Gallery –  A Good Time Was Had By All  Learn what the people of Grayslake have done for entertainment through the years. The places and events that people enjoyed during their leisure time will be explored using images, artifacts and stories. You can build a parade float or play Atari in the exhibit!

Upper Gallery – This gallery is a combination of permanent and temporary displays.

The exhibit Constructing a Community examines the history and architecture of Grayslake area homes, businesses and public buildings.  The hands-on section offers children the opportunity to draw a picture of their home and place it on a large map of Grayslake.

Grandpa’s Workshop contains vintage tools and offers a wonderful opportunity to reminisce about how things were built in the past.  A display case features different types of planes used in woodworking. 

A popular feature in the Upper Gallery is the permanent wave machine once used by a local beautician. There is a barber chair with a razor strap. Also on display is Dr. Goshgarianʼs home office with medical machines from over fifty years ago.

Lobby Displays – The Old Dime Store candy counter displays recent acquisitions.  Newly donated items are often displayed in this case.  Grayslake residents may remember buying penny candy from this case at the old 5 & 10 store on Center Street.

The east display case features a collection of model cars and accessories from a local collector. 

The west display case features a collection of model cars and accessories from a local collector.

Past Exhibits – – Click here