April Membership meeting has been postponed until September 8, 2019. This meeting will highlight our own Steven Draska addressing the “Wreck of the Steamer Calumet, History on our Highland Park Shore”. Since Mr. Draska is a wreck diver and history buff this program promises to be filled with excitement. This event will now take place on September 8th along with our Annual Meeting. Time and Location is TBD.
May 18th is the date of FSHS’s 4th Historic House Tour. FSHS is honored to present a peek of the past set in Today’s world. We would love your help at set-up, as docents and clean-up. Please volunteer, it can be fun. Event is from 1pm-5pm on Saturday May 18th.
March Membership Meeting “Featuring Local Artist” will be held at Alison Aldrich’s home 35 Logon Loop on Thursday, March 7th at 7pm. After a brief meeting, guests will enjoy a photography presentation, quilting display, paintings, collections and other art exibits. All are done by local talented artisan. Come and enjoy works inspired by the beauty that surrounds us. If you don’t get the Evite please call Donna Fitzgerald 847-433-4333 to RSVP.
Please support those who have supported us!
The 2018 Fort Sheridan Historic House Tour was an awesome success. This tour was our biggest fundrasing event to date and we thank everyone who has helped and supported our efforts to embrace, share and showcase the history of this amazing place.
Please continue to help us grow by supporting those who have supported us. When you visit these fine buisnesses, please take a moment to offer them a special thank you for all of us at the Fort Sheridan Historical Society.
- Alex’s Washington Gardens – pizza
- Anna’s Warehoue & Marketplace – antiques & consignment
- Bank of Highwood – Fort Sheridan
- Bent Fork Bakery
- Blacksheep General Store – unique item retailer
- Classic Tile – hard surface installation & maintenance
- Cluckers Charcoal Chicken
- Coldwell Banker – real estate broker
- CTK Chicago Partners – commercial real estate
- The Daily Grind – butcher shop & seafood
- Daughters of the American Revolution – North Shore Chapter, Lake Forest
- Deer Path Inn – high tea, food, spirits & suites
- Del Rio – Italian restaurant
- Flow Plus Pilates – pilates & massage
- Fort Sheridan Living – real estate broker
- Froggy’s French Café – fine French cuisine
- Green Cleaners & Tailors
- House of Peking Restaurant
- Isaac’s & Moishe’s – Kosher Deli & Store
- Jay Lovell’s – fine cuisine
- Keyth Security – security systems and technology
- La Casa De Isaac – Mexican Restaurant
- First St. 847-433-7400
- Temple Ave 847-433-5550
- Lake Forest Jewelers
- Lake Forest Lamp & Shade
- Manfredini Landscaping & Design
- Maria’s Italian Bakery & Cafe
- Menoni & Mocogni – hardscape materials & unilock pavers
- Milestone Realty – real estate broker
- Moore Landscapes – full service landscaping service
- NLH Landscape Architects – landscape design
- RCS Picture Framing
- Saint James Catholic Church
- Raymond M. Silverman, M.D., S.C. – psychiatry
- Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Company
- Skokie Valley Laundry & Cleaners
- Straight North – web services, SEO specialists
Haven’t you wished for a way to remember the stories your grandparents told you about Fort Sheridan? We also want to hear those stories!
Join us and StoryCorps to tell your Fort Sheridan story!
Meet Nancy Hannick at 7pm on Thurday, March 8, 2018.
Ossian Cole Simonds was the original Landscape Architect for Fort Sheridan when it was built in the 1880’s. Nancy Hannic is one of the few American Landscape Architects that is well studied in O.C. Simonds landscape design principles used at Fort Sheridan.
When the based was converted to its current neighborhood of homes, the O.C. Simonds design principles were included with the conventents of the communty. Today’s Fort Sheridan Homeowners are expected to install landcape that honors the O.C. Simonds designs.
Nancy Hannick been involved with Fort Sheridan since shortly after the base was closed and has remains actively involved to this day.
Come visit with Nany and the Fort Sheridan Historical Society as we learn more from Nancy about O.C. Simonds and the history of the landscape at Fort Sheridan!
On Thursday, February 8, 2018, Architect, Will Tippens presented his view of Fort Sheridan history.
Mr. Will Tippens was directly involved in the conversion of Fort Sheridan into the neighborhood it is today. Will has tremendous insite and knowlege of Fort Sheridan. About 50 people viewed Will’s presentation.
If you missed it, you can see it here! (it’s only blurry in the begining!)
Annual Luncheon & Special Guest – September 24, 2017
On Sunday Afternoon, September 24, 2017, the Fort Sheridan Historical Society will be hosting its first Annual Luncheon and Meeting. Please help us celebrate our inaugural year!
We have a very special guest! You won’t want to miss this special event, so please mark your calendars! YES! Scott Stantis!
Author Diana Dretske!
Many of you that hold Fort Sheridan close to heart already own the book, Images of America Fort Sheridan. Now is a chance to meet the author and hear her talk about Ft. Sheridan.
Our guest speaker for the April 6th meeting is Diana Dretske. Diana has been curator and archivist at the Lake County Discovery Museum‘s local history collections since 1990. She has authored three books on Lake County’s heritage one of which is Images of America Fort Sheridan. Diana chairs the Lake County Historical Alliance, a network of 30 area museums and historical societies; and is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society for outstanding contributions in promoting, preserving and commemorating Illinois history. She will speak on: ” Fort Sheridan: A National Landmark”
The meeting will start at 6:30pmt the home of Donna Fitzgerald 324-103 Leonard Wood So. Highland Park, IL. 60035. A donation is appreciated at the event to defray the cost of hosting.
Homes and mansions around the Parade Ground of “Our Historic Jewel” will be on tour.
Go back in time and history as we celebrate today at Fort Sheridan.
On Saturday, May 20, 2017, 1:00pm to 5:00 pm, the Fort Sheridan Historical Society will be hosting a tour of 8 historic homes at Fort Sheridan. There is no better way to immerse yourself into the history of Ft. Sheridan than to walk through the beautiful historic homes.
The book shown here is the directory from the first and only Fort Sheridan House Tour in 2000. We are in the process of replicating some of it for this year’s tour. We look forward to sharing our rich history and are most grateful to this year’s homeowners for allowing us to use their beautiful “Historic Jewels” to bring the past into the future. As always the case when Fort Sheridan residents and friends of the Fort get together, it is mesmerizing to hear stories and share memorabilia about what used to be here. So take a step back in time and join us on Saturday, May 20th.
Please volunteer to help. We are in need of docents to show our homes. Tickets for docents are $20. There are two sessions 1-3pm and 3-5pm. As a docent you are required to spend only one session in your Tour House giving you the opportunity to see the other Historic Homes. Please call Donna Fitzgerald to sign up 847-433-4333 or click on the Contact page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist in one of these important rolls.
Advanced Tickets will be available here, through May 12, 2017 for $45ea. After May 12, $50. So please purchase your tickets early!
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