Event: Highland Park’s Lakefront Beach History, Lake County History Symposium, 2020


Highland Park’s Lakefront Beach History Lake County History Symposium, 2020

Highland Park’s Lakefront Beach History
Lake County History Symposium, 2020

Highland Park —- Highland Park Historical Society will host ‘Highland Park’s Lakefront Beach History,’ with representatives from the North Shore Yacht Club and Highland Park Historical Society, on Tuesday May 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm via Zoom.

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

The North Shore Yacht Club (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. Their records are housed at the Highland Park Archives and Local History Collections at the library.

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. 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. The NSYC is an all-volunteer, non-profit membership boating organization that is open to residents of all communities.

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

The Ossoli Club of Highland Park created a public beach on the site of the current North Shore Yacht Club. In the summer of 1911, this public beach was 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.

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.