Programs and Events

 

2017

Winter/Spring Fun at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum

Maps, Motors & Memories Exhibit
In July, the museum unveiled a new exhibition exploring Grayslake’s automotive history.  This engaging new exhibit explores the history of local garages, dealers and automotive milestones.  A hands-on section allows children to try their hand at changing a tire. The show will run through February 25.

Constructing a Community Exhibit
Starting January 16, explore the architecture and history of Grayslake homes, businesses and public buildings through rare photographs and artifacts.  Children are invited to draw their home and add it to our big map of Grayslake.

Exhibition Opening
Join us on Saturday, March 25, noon and 4:00 PM for the grand premiere of a new exhibition exploring the history of entertainment in Grayslake. 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.

Going to the Grayslake Lions Club Breakfast?  Visit us!
On Sunday, April 23, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the museum will be open during the Grayslake Lions Club pancake breakfast at the Grayslake Fire Station.  Stop in and see our exhibits and artifacts.

Grayslake Historical Society Programs:

Reminisce Session – Grayslake Outdoor Theater
On Saturday, February 18 at 10:00 AM the Grayslake Historical Society will host a round table discussion about the Grayslake Outdoor Theater.  Audience is invited to recall and relate memories of working at and attending the Grayslake Outdoor Theater which was located where the Jewel-Osco is present day.  Open to the public.  Coffee is served.

Grayslake Historical Society Program
Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00 PM. James Obenauf, a son of Grayslake, a young officer in the new United States Air Force, had a particularly bad day airborne over Texas on April 29th in 1958. What happened to him, how he responded, and what happened in the days that followed is the story to be presented by Grayslake Historical Society board member Jim Rockwell. The Obenauf story was told in a 1959 TV documentary and is the topic of the book Twenty Seconds to Live. Refreshments. Free.

Grayslake Historical Society Program
Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 PM. Election of officers and two directors. Officers serve for two years and directors for three years. Nominations can be made from the floor. The program for the evening will feature six local residents sharing a family heirloom and telling its story. Among those presenting are Chris Brenner, Lori Guenther, Jackie Hansen and Jim Richardson. Refreshments. Free.

Grayslake Historical Society Search and Share Genealogy Group
Join local genealogists in the museum’s Archives the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00 PM for a lively discussion on researching family. Share your own stories or come for advice from other genealogists.

Grayslake Heritage Center Programs:

Rolling Thunder
Lake County Civil War Roundtable program. On Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 PM, Dave Oberg will present Rolling Thunder, a description of his recent trip to Shiloh National Battlefield to walk in the footsteps of his great-great grandfather.  Oberg participated in an event organized by Duffy Neubauer to move a cannon and limber by hand from Pittsburg Landing to the position occupied by his great-great grandfather’s battery.  Oberg will also provide a brief history of Battery H, from its organization to its baptism by fire at Shiloh. All are welcome to attend.

The Electrifying Nellie Bly
On Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 PM, actress Lynn Rymarz will portray journalist and globe-trotting daredevil Nellie Bly. Learn the fascinating story of the 19th century reporter who raced around the world in less than 80 days, had herself committed to an insane asylum, joined a chorus line and more, all in the name of electrifying journalism.

Lake County Folk Club Concert
The museum will host the Lake County Folk Club on Sunday, February 19 at 7:00 PM, featuring a performance by Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen, with an opener by Cuz’n Bone.  Admission is $18 for general audience, $15 for seniors and $13 for Lake County Folk Club members.  The museum will be open before and after the concert.

Nikola Tesla Story
On Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 PM, the museum welcomes local author John Wasik, who will discuss his new book, Lightning Strikes:  Nikola Tesla, Creativity and the Soul of Innovation.  Wasik will tell the compelling story of how Tesla created radio, the modern electrical grid, robotics and wireless/remote control.  Wasik uses Tesla’s life as a lens to show how people can spark their own creativity and innovation.

Cinque Venti Wind Quintet Concert
On Saturday, March 4 at 2:00 PM, the Cinque Venti Wind Quintet will perform musical selections from European and American composers in the Heritage Center Community Room. Reception will follow. Free will donation.

Lake County Civil War Roundtable
On Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 PM, Rich Garling will present a program about the flags of the Confederate States of America. All are welcome to attend.

Grayslake Arts Alliance
On Saturday, March 11, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, the museum will host the Grayslake Arts Alliance show. Free will donation. Museum galleries will be open.

Lake County Folk Club Concert
The museum will host the Lake County Folk Club on Sunday, March 19 at 7:00 PM. Admission charged. The museum will be open before and after the concert.

World War I Lusitania Story
On Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 PM:  To commemorate the U.S. entry into World War I, actor and historian R. J. Lindsey will present a detailed photo story of the Lusitania.

Chelesti Winds Concert
On Saturday, April 8 at 2:00 PM, the Chelesti Winds quintet will present a program featuring classical to contemporary music.

Lake County Civil War Roundtable
On Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 PM, David Noe will discuss the Pennsylvania Home Guard. Free. All are welcome to attend.

Grayslake Arts Alliance
On Saturday, April 15, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, the museum will host the Grayslake Arts Alliance show. Free will donation. Museum galleries will be open.

Lake County Folk Club Concert
The museum will host the Lake County Folk Club on Sunday, April 30 at 7:00 PM. Admission charged. The museum will be open before and after the concert.

Lake County Civil War Roundtable
On Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 PM, Lake County Civil War Roundtable program. Free. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about the Grayslake Historical Society, call 847-223-7663 or email charenehan@aol.com.  For more information call us at 847-543-1745 or email us at doberg@villageofgrayslake.com. For more information about the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, click here to visit the Village of Grayslake website