Community history comes alive as part of the modern world with a variety of public programs and events throughout the year.

Upcoming Events

 August 1st – Save the Date and join us for a Summer Social and a “Pig” tale!

The La Grange Area Historical Society has teamed up with fourteensixteen restaurant for the “Cooler in La Grange” promotion sponsored by the LGBA. Our cooler is painted with a Blind Pig theme, and we invite you to come to fourteensixteen on August 1st to celebrate with us!  Members are encouraged to bring their friends and family and listen to local expert John Burns as he reveals the story of the Blind Pig of La Grange Park, and its impact on the origins of our community.

What’s a Blind Pig? It is a little known part of La Grange area history, and now it’s also a signature cocktail created by the team at fourteensixteen! It will remain on the menu throughout the summer cooler promotion, and 50% of the proceeds from sales of the cocktail will benefit the Historical Society.  Join us on August 1st at 6:00 pm, grab a Blind Pig cocktail, and stick around ’til 7:00 to hear John Burns speak about a notorious bootlegger named Pete!  We’ll see you there to toast an amazing summer and some of the unique history of our community! 

Discover the West End Walking Tour

The La Grange Area Historical Society is pleased to present walking tours with John Burns on September 9th & 10th.  The tour will focus on La Grange’s west end and will provide tour goers with some often times surprising tales of the village near Stone Avenue Station.

The tour will answer questions including:

  • What was the John Unhold store?
  • Where were Sunday Picnics held?
  • Where was Lover’s Lane in La Grange?
  • Where was the quarry and tree nursery?
  • Who cased the First National Bank of La Grange for a bank heist?

Details and registration will be available soon!  Please check back!

New Events Coming in October!

We are excited to announce that John Burns is working on a walking tour of haunting, disquieting, and ghostly events that may be embedded in La Grange area’s past…stay tuned!

And throughout October we will be hosting Spooky Story time for kids! (Age appropriate, of course, and fun activities and snacks to round out the fun!) 

Past Programs

Heart of La Grange: Now & Then – A Guided Walking Tour of Historic Fifth Avenue   LGAHS member John Burns will guide you through the heart of downtown La Grange on Fifth Avenue from the railroad station on Burlington to Elm Street. Find out who’s entombed in the façade of a prominent downtown building. Discover where the Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, and S. S. Kresge stores were once located.

What’s Wright in La Grange? – This popular guided walking tour is given by LGAHS member John Burns. After a short introductory presentation at the Vial House Museum, learn what Frank Lloyd Wright designed in La Grange in the 1890’s and early 1900’s, and what his designs have to do with bootlegging. Then, view four Wright designed homes as you walk through a historic and picturesque La Grange neighborhood.

School and Group Visits to the La Grange Historical Society offer resources and learning opportunities designed to make history come alive.

Holiday Open House The museum is open free of charge offering: visits with Santa, a vintage toy display and exquisite Victorian Christmas decorations.

Tea with your Doll Each year the story of a different American Girl Doll is featured at the popular Tea with your Doll event. Attendees sample authentic period refreshments with their favorite dolls in tow.

Four WWII Veterans: A Discussion (October 26, 2014) R. Bruce Dold, Editorial Page Editor Chicago Tribune moderates this panel. Charles Battaglia, James Docherty, Edgar Gifford, and Raymond Vavra share their memories of wartime and beyond. The Veteran’s History Project preserves the personal experiences of American service people. “Asking them to tell their own stories is one way we can acknowledge and thank them. As their numbers grow fewer, we haven’t much time to record and publicly recognize how local men and women served our country during WWII,” Jeannine McLaughlin historical society president.

The Mavor Collection – Grand Opening Event Featuring: A Downton Abbey Discussion (April 12, 2015) this newest exhibit features a wide variety of unique artifacts given to us over the years by members of the Mavor family. The family has been in La Grange since 1893: their youngest grandchild, Mary Forester, still resides in town. Join us for tea and a discussion about prominent social issues in Downton Abbey, and learn about a local connection between La Grange and Lady Cora Crawley.

Trivia Night (October 25, 2014) Not a trivia guru? Not a problem. Rest assured there are questions for everyone. Whether you’re a pop culture fanatic or a scientist at heart this well-rounded evening is all about having fun and supporting history. Prizes awarded for first and last place.

Celebrate the 135th Anniversary of the Village of La Grange (June 22, 2014) Join us for an afternoon of celebration. At 1:30, meet at the La Grange Road Train Station and take a guided walking tour conducted by John Burns through the Heart of La Grange. Afterwards, return to the museum for light refreshments and music, and take a walk back in time as you view The Vintage Footwear Exhibit.