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

Upcoming Events

New Events Coming in October!

Hauntings of La Grange 
Join us at the LaGrange Area Historical Society’s Vial House (circa 1874) for an evening of haunting, disquieting, and out of the ordinary tales that are embedded in the La Grange area’s past. 

Friday Night, October 20th
Friday Night, October 27th

Reception at 7:00
Lights out and Chilling Tales at 7:30
Escape at 8:30

Bring your strange, haunting stories to contribute to the society’s collection….what’s that noise in your attic? Click on one of the dates above to register now!

Spooky Storytime for Kids
And throughout October we will be hosting Spooky Story time for kids! Come listen to spooky and silly Halloween stories and learn about how Halloween has been celebrated throughout history! This family event is open to witches and goblins ages 4 and up.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

When: Tuesdays, October 10th, 17th, and 24th at the Vial House Museum from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Register Today!


December is a busy time for the Historical Society!

Coming up in December you can look forward to our annual Holiday Open House and Storytime with Santa.  We will also be participating in the Hometown Holiday Walk and the Santa Stroll.  Check back here for dates and details soon!

Past Programs

West End Walking Tour – The La Grange Area Historical Society is pleased to announce the return of the West End walking tour with John Burns on September 9th and 10th.  The tour will focus on La Grange’s west end and will provide tour goers with some surprising tales of the village near Stone Avenue Station.

New this year, we are offering  a tour package that includes a wine tasting at the West End Arts Festival! After the tour you can visit the wine tent at the festival and sample four wines.  There will be a sommelier available to tell you about your selections.  Register now for your Tour and Tasting Package! 

 The tour will depart from Stone Avenue Station at 1:30pm on Saturday and Sunday September 9th and 10th.  Tickets can be purchased online.   Visit our event calendar to reserve your place now as these tours are limited to the first 20 participants.


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.