Fort Sheridan Historical Society 133rd Birthday Celebration Email meeting.

April 23, 2020. Under the circumstances of the Covid-19 quarantine we can’t be together to have a birthday celebration. In keeping with the FSHS commitment to follow the calendar we will conduct the April meeting via email attachments. Members should check their email accounts for the latest agenda. There is important information addressing upcoming board elections including a candidacy form. Please consider joining the FHSH Board and help further the growth and fulfillment of our goals.

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!)

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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