Past Programs

These are a few of the most recent programs held at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum.

Musical Program by Sarah Jo Helgeson
On Wednesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. the museum hosted a special concert by musician Sarah Jo Helgeson. This 17-year old Lake Villa native offered up metaphor-laced lyrics and a folky sound described as "sometimes edgy, often sweet, and always sincere." With the release of her four-song E.P., Recollect and Forget, earlier this year, Sarah Jo launched her solo performing career and has enjoyed playing venues throughout Lake County and Wisconsin.

Make a Pennant and Catch a Baseball Display
On Saturday, August 18, from noon-4 p.m., collector Bill Rose displayed models of past and present major league baseball stadiums at the museum. These meticulous models ranged from the Elysian Fields to modern day Wrigley Stadium. Children also stopped by and made baseball pennants to bring to the museum's annual 19th-century baseball game at Central Park on Sunday, August 19 at 2 p.m.

1850s Baseball Returns to Grayslake
The Grayslake Heritage Center staged an 1850s style baseball game. The game took place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 19 at the Grayslake Aquatic Center Softball Field at Central Park. This game hearkened back to the earliest years of the sport, with wildly different rules. Participants learned to cheer and jeer in proper 19th century fashion.

Reminisce Session: Farm Stands, Grocery Stores and Restaurants
What do these three items have in common? Food! The Grayslake Historical Society's reminisce session on Saturday, August 25 at 10 a.m. and focused on local cuisine, including Pat's Pizza, Bob's Bend, Country Squire, Villard's, Parkway Foods and more. 

Measuring Avon Township
On Wednesday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. the Grayslake Historical Society hosted speaker John Baumgartner. Mr. Baumgartner presented Measuring Avon Township, a fascinating examination of the process used to measure and map our surroundings, including the area that became Grayslake.