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Grayslake, IL 60030
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Upcoming Programs
New Programs and Events

Amazing Exhibitions

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 a 1954 fire engine made in Grayslake, 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.

Fall Fun at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum

Make plans to visit the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum this fall.  Highlights include:    
  • A concert hosted by the Lake County Folk Club on Sunday, September 17 at 7 p.m., featuring Johnsmith, with opener Merv Collins.  Admission is $18 for general audience, $15 for seniors and $13 for Lake County Folk Club members.  The museum will be open before and after the concert.
  • A presentation about beloved entertainer Jack Benny by Waukegan History Museum Supervisor Ty Rohrer at the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum on Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m.  Stop in for great stories and guaranteed laughs and visit the museum's exhibition, A Good Time Was Had By All, which explores the history of entertainment in Grayslake.
  • A living history tour of Grayslake Cemetery hosted by the Grayslake Historical Society on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.  Costumed interpreters will bring to life stories of families buried in the cemetery and talk about major Grayslake events which happed in their lifetime.  Grayslake Cemetery is located on Lake Street just north of Belvidere Road.
  • A program hosted by the Grayslake Historical Society on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. about Warren Township High School. Before Grayslake Community High School opened in 1946, Grayslake students attended neighboring high schools.  One of these schools was Warren Township High School located in Gurnee, Illinois.  This year Warren celebrated its one hundredth birthday and alumnus Jim Lodesky will share stories that he learned while researching the book he has written about the school.  The book will be available for purchase after the program and refreshments will be served.
  • A Lake County Civil War Roundtable meeting on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m.  Topic TBD.  All are welcome.
  • A dramatic portrayal of Oldsmobile founder R.E. Olds on Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. at State Bank of the Lakes.  The Waukegan-North Shore Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America is teaming up with the museum to host actor R.J. Lindsey as auto magnate R.E. Olds.  Lindsey will narrate a slide program with stories of the early auto inventors: Benz, Daimler, Olds, Duryea, Winton, Ford.  The program also explores early auto races, record setting events and new advertising strategies for motorists such as the Burma Shave road signs.
  • The Lake County Folk Club hosts Anne Hills, with opener Jim Fine on Sunday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the museum's community room.  Admission is $18 for general audience, $15 for seniors and $13 for Lake County Folk Club members.  The museum will be open before and after the concert.
  • The Lake County Folk Club presents, “Behind the Song,” with host Chuck VanderVennet and artists Annie and Rod Capps on Sunday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the museum's community room.  The museum will be open before and after the concert.
  • The Grayslake Historical Society will host a program about the Paddock family on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.  Speaker Daniel Graham is following in the footsteps of his  great grandfather Ray Paddock who served in the Illinois State Senate for twenty-four years starting in 1928.  Dan, a practicing lawyer with an office in Chicago, will talk about his ancestor while relating the history of the Paddock Family.  Those who heard his presentation  No Greater Love Than This can expect another riveting talk.  Refreshments will follow the meeting. 

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