Lake County’s First Historian, Bess Bower Dunn

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Bess Bower Dunn (1877-1959) was known as Lake County’s first historian, one of the first women in motion pictures, and first assistant probate clerk. Learn more about her in this…

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Civil War: Home Front to Frontline

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Drawn from letters, diaries and photographs in the Lake County Dunn Museum’s collections, this presentation discusses the personal stories of Lake County citizens on the battlefield and on the home…

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History Here: The 1886 Haymarket Affair

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On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded during a labor rights demonstration, killing seven Chicago police officers. Barrington High School history teacher Cary Waxler will discuss how the Haymarket Affair…

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The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893

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The Columbian Exposition of 1893 announced the arrival of Chicago as a modern city. For six months, tens of millions of visitors viewed the latest technological marvels and global attractions.…

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What’s in a Name?

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Lake County’s rich tapestry of history is woven into the very fibers of its place names. With more than 500 place names associated with the county’s communities, this presentation delves…

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