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.

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We hope you enjoyed our Historic House Tour

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 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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Donations, New Memberships and Membership Renewal:

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.

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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.


We hope you enjoyed Douglas Stiles!

Presentation: “Etched in Time: Douglas Stiles & Abraham Lincoln”

Bringing the story of a legend to life

The Fort Sheridan Historical Society invites you to join us on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 1pm for “Etched In Time:  Douglas Stiles & Abraham Lincoln”. Mr. Stiles is the great grandson of Abraham Lincoln’s watchmaker and he will tell the fascinating story of the President’s pocket watch and the secrets that it held within. In addition, enjoy rarely seen photos of Fort Sheridan’s past. The program will take place on Fort Sheridan at 324 Leonard Wood South (#103), Highland Park, IL. 60035.  For more information, please call (847) 433-4333.”

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