Visit the museum for great exhibitions that appeal to all ages. Embracing Change: The Growth of Grayslake explores our community’s history from the earliest years to the present. A Good Time Was Had By All provides a nostalgic look at what we did for fun in old Grayslake. This exhibition and the adjacent classroom provide younger visitors with plenty of hands-on fun, including the chance to help make a float, play Atari, listen to an old-fashioned radio broadcast, play festival style games, enjoy old-fashioned parlor activities, stage a puppet show and much, much more. The Lure of Gray's Lake dives into the history of the lake which inspired our community's name. The show includes the science of the lake, sporting events, people, places and adventures. Little lake lovers will get hooked on our hands-on kids activities. The museum’s Annex houses numerous agricultural implements, as well as an 1890s hearse and a kerosene wagon.
Search and Share Genealogy Group
Join the Grayslake Historical Society and local genealogists in the museum’s Archives on the first Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. for a lively discussion on researching family history. Share your own stories or come for advice from other genealogists.
Family Fun at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum
Make plans to visit the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum this winter. Highlights include:
- March 10 at 10 AM - Saturday Kids! Weaving
Weaving is a special skill used to make blankets, baskets, or rugs. This Saturday, kids will see real artifacts used for weaving and make a woven treasure of their own. Look for a free Saturday Kids! program on the second Saturday of each month.
- March 14 at 7 PM - Family Heirlooms
Join the Grayslake Historical Society program as six individuals share a family object and tell its story with a little family history. Presenters include Nancy Reed, Steve Lawrence, Cynthia Lee, Kim Denny, Nancy Johannsen, & Joyce Norton.
- March 17 at 10 AM - Fine Art Show
A special Illinois Bicentennial Fine Art Show by the Grayslake Arts Alliance. Enjoy a display of art created by local artists as well as artist demonstrations, live music, and refreshments.
- March 18 at 7 PM - Folk Club Concert
The museum hosts a concert by the Lake County Folk Club featuring Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan with opener Cuz ‘n Bone. Tickets: General Audience $18, Seniors $15, Lake County Folk Club members $13. The museum will be open before and after the show.
- March 28 - 30 from 12 to 4 PM - Spring Break Activities
Families are invited to play games, do projects, and complete a Bicentennial scavenger hunt around the building!
- April 7 at 2 PM - Chicago Candy Companies
Enjoy some of Illinois’ sweetest history in this Bicentennial program about Chicago’s Candy Companies. Learn about well-known candy companies that have been a part of Chicago's history including Tootsie Rolls, Brachs, Fannie May and Frango Mints.
- April 28 at 2 PM - Chelesti Winds
The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum is pleased to welcome back the Chelesti Winds woodwind quintet for a spring concert in the museum's community room.
For more information, visit us on the web at www.grayslakeheritagecenter.com, call us at 847-543-1745 or email us at . For more information about the Grayslake Historical Society, visit www.grayslakehistory.org, call 847-223-7663 or email .
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