Event: Fun & Games: Sports and Leisure, Sixth Annual Lake County History Symposium


Fun & Games: Sports and Leisure, Lake County History Symposium

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 @ 6:30 PM via ZOOM
Saturday, November 7, 2020 @ 9:30 – 11:30 AM via ZOOM

Highland Park’s is well represented by two presentations:

Wednesday: North Shore Yacht Club: A Century of Fun & Safety on Lake Michigan

Saturday: A Day at the Beach (Ossoli Club of Highland Park) presented by Archivist Nancy Webster


Open to the public, this annual symposium focuses on Lake County history. Join us for a fascinating series of presentations on this year’s theme, “Fun & Games: Sports and Leisure in Lake County.This year’s virtual symposium will take place both Wednesday, November 4th from 6:30 to 8 pm, and Saturday, November 7th from 9:30 – 11:30 am. 


Lake Forest Hosts the World Series – of Polo

This presentation gives the context and story of a major polo event hosted by Lake Forest’s Onwentsia Club in 1933 that shook the foundations of the sport and captivated the sporting public.

Laurie Stein has been the Curator of the History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff since 2009.

Recorded on November 4, 2020 on Zoom.


North Shore Yacht Club: A Century of Fun & Safety on Lake Michigan

The NSYC is where Lake County has come to play on the waves on summer days for nearly a century, combining the exhilaration of boating on Lake Michigan with safety and camaraderie.

Maureen Hammond and Laura Knapp have extensive experience managing the operations at the NSYC. Laura is the acting Commodore and Maureen is a past Commodore. The NSYC is an all-volunteer, non-profit membership boating organization that is open to residents of all communities. Over the last 15 years, both have served in the duties of: administrator, advisor, instructor, spokesperson, marketer, and event planner. Both women are sailors, kayakers, and paddleboarders.

Recorded on November 4, 2020 on Zoom.


Libertyville High School Athletic History: The First 100 Years

A presentation of the outstanding and influential individuals and athletic teams from Libertyville High School (1918 – 2018).

Dale Eggert is a lifelong Libertyville resident, a 1974 Libertyville High School graduate, a retired Libertyville High School Health Education teacher, and the current Head Wrestling Coach, set to begin his 34th season in that role. He recently wrote the book Libertyville High School Athletic History: The First 100 Years. All the individuals and teams mentioned in this presentation are featured in this book.

Recorded on November 4, 2020 on Zoom.


Libertyville’s Tracks

At the turn of the century, Lake County boasted two major racetracks and both of them were in Libertyville. These early tracks added lore to the entertainment histories of Libertyville and Lake County.

Arlene Lane graduated with a degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan and spent a long career as a librarian. In 2012 she retired from the Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville after 26 years of service, where she worked as a reference and local history librarian. She has been on the board of the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society since 2004, currently serving as Archivist.

Recorded on November 7, 2020 via Zoom


Play Ball! Baseball at Naval Station Great Lakes

‘Play Ball!’ explores both the historic and modern roles, as well as the evolution, of baseball in the Navy. Emphasis will be made on the players and teams stationed at Naval Station Great Lakes.

Kim Ortega is from Elk Grove Village and has a Master of Public Administration degree with an Emphasis in Museum Administration. She has been working in museums for a number of years and in May 2020 she began as a Museum Technician with the National Museum of the American Sailor.…eums/nmas.html

Recorded on November 7, 2020 via Zoom.


A Day at the Beach (Ossoli Club of Highland Park)

The Ossoli Club of Highland Park created a public beach in the summer of 1912 replete with instruction, lifeguards, and play equipment in the sand and water. Club women chaperoned and supervised.

Nancy Webster is concurrently archives director and archivist at the Highland Park Historical Society and Highland Park Public Library. She has also taught the Introduction to Archives Course at Dominican University as an adjunct instructor. Previously, she worked at the Bentley Library, the Chicago History Museum and Molex Connector Corporation. She received her MILS and BA from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Recorded on November 7, 2020 via Zoom.