Event: Highland Park’s Contributions to Lake County History Symposium, 2022


Highland Park’s Contributions to Lake County History Symposium, 2022


Highland Park —- Highland Park Historical Society will host Highland Park-centric presentations from ‘The Built Environment: Architecture and Landscape in Lake County’, on Wednesday March 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm via Zoom.

It Happened Here  … Or did it?

20th Century periodicals and at least one book cite the location of Highland Park’s Gray Electric Company factory as Beech St. east of St. Johns. Yet railroad tracks in the foreground and shadows that could only have been on the south side of the structure indicate that the factory must have been west of the tracks facing east.

Jeffrey L Stern is an independent scholar. Stern is Board Member of the Highland Park Historical Society, Fire Museum of Greater Chicago, and Ravinia Neighbors Association.

(Once Upon a Time) At this Location …

At the turn of the 19-20th century, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) sought to document changing American landscape.  The local “North Shore” Chapter photographed the last pioneer cabins as the Highland Park expanded suburban development.  More than a century later these images are juxtaposed with the current landscape.

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.

Admission is free. For further information or a Zoom link, please contact the Highland Park Historical Society: 847.432.7090 or

About the Highland Park Historical Society: The mission of the Highland Park Historical Society is to preserve our community’s past, to inspire an appreciation of its history and culture, and to share them with the community and scholars. The Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Archives and Research Collections are housed in the Highland Park Public Library.