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LGAHS Annual Holiday Open House

Despite the cold temps, the first snowfall of the year made the perfect backdrop for our Open House at the Vial Museum. Many families came to see Santa, sip hot cocoa, and shop in the boutique. Thank you to all who made this event extra special...be sure to mark the first Sunday in December of

Story Time with Santa

Bring your little ones (ages 4-13) to visit with Santa and drink hot cocoa while he reads a magical holiday story. Story times will be offered on three dates in December: 12/8, 12/15, and 12/22. Each session will be from 7 pm to 8 pm.  Cost is $10/child. Click the links below for more information

State of the Historical Society (SOTHS)

Last week, President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union message. It is with SOTU still on my mind that I offer a similar address, this one though, concerns the State of the Historical Society…  Let’s call it SOTHS. My fellow history enthusiasts: 2015 was a dynamic year at the La Grange Area Historical

Lost and Found, A Conversation with Nancy Kenney

June 5, 2005: a team of British divers located an American submarine in the Golf of Thailand, missing since just before the end of the Second World War. Eighty-six men were lost with the U.S.S. Lagarto. One of those was William Mabin, a lifelong resident of La Grange and graduate of Lyons Township High School.

Law & Order: La Grange

  Lately, you've heard much about our efforts to digitize the files we keep on each home in the La Grange area. A much less talked about endeavor, though, is the one to photograph and transfer to computer file the original Book of Ordinances of La Grange which dates from 1879-1885, and is entirely hand-written. As a