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Fort Sheridan Historical Society is a 501(c)3 organization.  We are prepared to accept any gift be it monetary or tangible artifacts.  We will happy to consider any offer of structured donations.  Everything is tax deductible for you or your organization.  Please contact us, we would be more than happy to will discuss anything that you have in mind.

We will be forever grateful to our inaugural members who have helped us to get off of the ground.  Our 2018 current membership remains $25.00 for an individual and $30 for a family.  You may renew or start a new membership below.

We are now able to accept all major credit cards for memberships, subscriptions, and donations! Please click the link below:


We are very thankful for the support, access, cooperation and encouragement from the Town of Fort Sheridan Master Homeowners Association.  We receive no funds from them, however the two organizations do collaborate and cooperate on events in the community.


Historical Society – Fall Kick Off!

The Fort Sheridan Historical Society would like to show our appreciation to you!  Please save the date…   Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 1pm to 3pm.

Where else, but at our historic landmark, the Tower!

*** We are still on, but we have moved this event inside at 324 Leonard Wood South, Highland Park, IL.  Look for the flag!***

2019 Historic Landmark House Tour!

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.


September 8, 2019 1-3pm: The Wreck of the Steamer Calumet


*** We are still on for 1pm today (9-8-19), but we have moved the location inside to 324 Leonard Wood South, Highland Park, IL.  Look for the flag!!   ***

FSHS Fall Kick off Event 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  take place on September 8th at the Tower 1-3pm.

Local Artists at March 2019 Meeting

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.

House Tour Guide Supporters

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.

 Aplhabetically listed:



  • Daughters of the American Revolution – North Shore Chapter, Lake Forest
  • 202-879-3224








Meet O.C. Simonds Expert, Landscape Architect Nancy Hannick

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!

Fort Sheridan’s Very own Will Tippens

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!)

Thank you for attending: Meet the Author!

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.

Please RSVP in any way that is most convenient for you:
or via: EVITE or by calling
or by calling 847-433-4333