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

Walking Tours

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.

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.

Family Programs

Holiday Open House The museum is open free of charge (Sunday, December 6, 2015, noon until 4:00 PM) 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.

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

Past Programs

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.