Officers and Directors
The Grayslake Historical Society Board meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Heritage Center Community Room.
Charter Member Charlotte K. Renehan
has held every society office and is presently president
She brings many experiences to the board. She was born in Grayslake; she taught elementary school in Grayslake for forty years; she has researched and written books about Grayslake. These experiences help her fulfill the role of archivist/curator of the museum plus editing the Society newsletter. Charlotte has a Masters Degree in Education. In addition to involvement in our local society, she is a member of other local historical societies, a charter member of the Lake County Genealogical Society, a member of the Lake County Historical Alliance and a director of the Illinois State Historical Society. Charlotte enjoys doing genealogy, researching local history, exploring antique shops plus visiting museums and historic sites throughout the world. Her favorite artifact in the museum is the one-room school which is now the permanent gallery because, as she says, “It educated children over 130 years ago and is still educating people today.” When asked why she is involved in the Grayslake Historical Society, she answered, “I grew up in Grayslake, as did my father, and cherish its history. I enjoy researching genealogy, even other peopleʼs. Combining these two interests, the Grayslake Historical Society is a perfect fit”.
joined the Society in 2010. Born and raised in Rock Island, Jim served in the Navy as a Judge Advocate for 25 years. He has a BA from Illinois State University, A JD from the University of Iowa and an LLM from George Washington University in Law, Criminology and Psychiatry. After various Navy duties in Newport, Rhode Island; Charleston, SC; Lajes Field in the Azores; Washington, D.C; Jacksonville, Florida, Subic Bay in the Philippines; Great Lakes, IL and San Diego, California, he returned to Grayslake in 1991 and served as Commanding Officer of the Naval Legal Service Office, Great Lakes, and then Chief Judge of the Midwest Circuit of the Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary. On Navy retirement in 1998, he was employed by Northwestern University as the Law School Registrar. He fully retired in 2010. He is also an active member of the Grayslake Lions Club
says that she has been a resident of Grayslake forever. Her long time residence brings much knowledge and experience to the Society. Connie joined the Society in 1993 and became a board member five years later. She serves on the exhibit committee, makes sure that flowers are placed in urns at the Grayslake Cemetery and that the Societyʼs memorial plaque is kept current. Connie has a Masters Degree and is a retired elementary school teacher. Her community involvement includes the Grayslake Exchangettes, the Friends of the Grayslake Area Public library and the Illinois Education Association Retired Teachers group. Connie relaxes by sharing time with friends, reading and then taking a pleasant walk. She joined the Society and volunteers for it because “I belong to Grayslake. Grayslake belongs to me.” Her favorite artifact is Wilbur, the 1954 fire truck.
Nancy Plotz Reed
is also a life-long resident of Grayslake. She has been a society member since 2006 and a board member since 2012. As a board member she serves as a docent, webmaster and a member of the refreshment committee. She attended Grayslake schools and then attended Barat College in Lake Forest where she obtained a BA in management and business. Nancy retired to become a full time homemaker in 2002. She previously worked in information technology at Allstate Insurance Company for twenty years. Board responsibilities are not new to Nancy as she served on the Hunters Ridge Homeowners Association Board for eleven years. Nancy enjoys an active life as she does gardening, golfing, biking and cross country skiing. Her favorite artifact in the museum is the speakers from the Grayslake Outdoor Theater. She says that they bring back childhood memories of wearing pajamas in the car, eating popcorn and falling asleep watching “Herbie, the Love Bug” stories. “When I give tours, there are usually some interesting stories about the Grayslake Outdoor.”
moved to Grayslake in 1961. He grew up in New Jersey where he attended grade and high school. After obtaining a degree in journalism from Iowa State University, he found employment in Grayslake. He was a reporter, political editor and managing editor of the Grayslake Times published by Lakeland Newspapers for sixteen years. He was a reporter, copy editor and city editor for twenty six years at the Lake County News Sun in Waukegan. Chris is community minded. He is a current member and former president of the Grayslake Lions Club. He is active in PADS, a group providing shelter for the homeless. He joined the society in order to contribute to the community. As a board member, Chris works in the gift shop, oversees the societyʼs Grayslake Cemetery project, does newspaper and Patch publicity and is the liaison to the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In his spare time, Chris enjoys gardening, newspaper and magazine reading plus visiting his grandchildren. His favorite artifact in the museum is the horse-drawn kerosene wagon.
Jacquelyn (Jackie) D. Hansen
Daniel I. Graham, Jr.