Programs and Events



Fall Fun at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum

A Good Time Was Had By All Exhibit
Learn about dances so packed with people the floors had to be reinforced from below and about what was thrown on the homecoming bonfires.  You can build a parade float or play Atari in the exhibit.  A good time will be had by all!

New Exhibit Open:  The Lure of Gray’s Lake
You know our town was named for it, but what else do you know about Gray’s Lake?  Our latest exhibition dives into the lake’s science, sports, people, places and adventures.  Little lake lovers will get hooked on our hands-on kid activities.

Grayslake Historical Society Programs:

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.

Heartland & Unity: A Smelly Saga of Sewers & Scrapheaps
On Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 PM Grayslake Historical Society member and retired librarian Jane Trump and Eve Lee will delve into the Heartland project, a proposed annexation to the Village of Grayslake which included 2,300 acres.  Although it never came to fruition, Heartland still impacts the Village today. Refreshments served.

Cemetery Walk
Join us for the twentieth annual Living History Tour of the Grayslake Cemetery on Sunday, October 1 at 1:30 and 2:30 PM. This year’s theme is “Remembering the Past” and themes from previous walks will be recalled.  Costumed interpreters will tell about Grayslake events that occurred during their lifetime.  The recently installed Grayslake Cemetery plaque will be officially unveiled.  Donations appreciated.

Grayslake Heritage Center Programs:

Brother Sun Benefit Concert
The Lake County Folk Club on Sunday, September 3 at 7:00 PM hosts Brother Sun at Grayslake Village Hall.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to flood recovery efforts at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum.  Tickets:  General Audience $18, Seniors $15, Lake County Folk Club members $13.

Civil War Roundtable
On Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 PM author David Dixon will discuss his book, The Lost Gettysburg Address, which shares the story of Kentucky native Charles Anderson, who delivered the closing oration following Lincoln’s address.  Learn the true tale of a man who sacrificed nearly everything to save the Union.

Jack Benny: From Waukegan to Hollywood
On Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00 PM stop in for great stories and guaranteed laughs in the name of the beloved entertainer Jack Benny.  Waukegan History Museum Supervisor Ty Rohrer will share the life and legacy of this famous Waukegan native.

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