Past Exhibits

Leave Nothing on the Field: A Brief History of Sports in Grayslake

Grayslake Athletics

This limited engagement show explored the stories of past local athletes, from professionals to amateurs and examined how the role of sports in American society has changed over time. Colorful personalities, such as former Chicago Bear Jim McMillen and former New York Mets pitcher Jay Hook were included. A special section of the exhibition focused on the role of Title IX in sports history.

Photograph courtesy of the Grayslake Historical Society

Northern Illinois Quilt ShowChildrens Quilt

The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum joined other museums to participate in the Northern Illinois Quilt Show in 2011. Working with Sew Bee It, the museum presented stunning quilts from the 1930s to the present, with a special section showing visitors how to make a quilt.

Putting Our Community on the Map

Avon Map

The Grayslake Historical Society's rare maps took center stage in this exhibition representing more than 175 years of history. From the earliest Native American settlements and paths to modern roads and familiar landmarks, visitors saw first-hand how this community grew and changed over time.

Map Courtesy of the Grayslake Historical Society

It's a Wonderful Life in Grayslake

It’s a Wonderful Life Promotion

Local collector Richard Goodson loaned the museum his memorabilia from the iconic film, It's a Wonderful Life, for a stunning holiday display. The exhibition included rare cast photos, call sheets, lobby cards, the story that inspired the film and even Jimmy Stewart's hand prints and bow-tie. A special section of the show compared and contrasted the mythical Bedford Falls with the Village of Grayslake in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Cookies, Camping and Community: The Girl Scout Story

Girl Scout Uniforms

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America, Cookies, Camping and Community highlighted the history of the Girl Scouts in the Grayslake area. The show featured rare images and artifacts from the collections of the Grayslake Historical Society, Lisle and Vernon Hills Regional Service Centers and former local Scouts. The exhibition included some wonderful candid images from local Scouts dating back to the 1940s, 50s and 60s, uniforms through the years, decades of changing gear and quotes throughout from local Scouts. Visitors could also have their picture taken with a life-sized cut-out of Girl Scouts of America founder Juliette Gordon Low.

Behind the Brush: A Celebration of Three Grayslake Artists

Korell Freedom Flight

This exhibition featured works by three local artists: Charles Oglesby Longabaugh (1884-1944), Willadene L. Nicholas (1910-2007) and Jean Korell, a local artist still painting at the age of 95. The 23 water colors and two pen and ink drawings came from the collection of the Grayslake Historical Society, local collectors and the Korell family.