Events & Exhibits


Pearl Harbor Day Observance: Veterans Roundtable

Highland Park Historical Society will cohost with Highland Park American Legion Post a Veteran’s Day Salute at 7 pm on Wednesday November 11th. ‘Veteran’s Day Salute,’ will be presented at the Highland Park Public Library Auditorium 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park. For further information, please contact the Highland Park Historical Society at 847.432.7090 or Admission is free.

Event Honoring Robert Seyfarth as a Highland Park Legend

The unveiling of Architect Robert Seyfarth as a Highland Park Legend plaque will be at 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 24 at 1882 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, Illinois. Following the unveiling we'll have a reception and discussion in the Brenner Room at the Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, Illinois.

Historic Ravinia

The Ravinia Festival presentation will be from 11:00am to 12:00pm in the Martin Theater on the Ravinia Festival grounds. Parking is available at the North Lot of the Ravinia Festival Grounds, located at 418 Sheridan Road. Vehicles may remain in the lot for the duration of the Historic Ravinia events. The trolley will pick up and then drop off at the conclusion of the day’s events, around 4:00 to 4:30pm.

Food, Family and Tradition: Hungarian Kosher Family Remembrances

For centuries, Jewish families celebrated their religious traditions throughout Europe, traditions that were integral parts of the culture in many great European cities. All that changed with the Nazis' program to exterminate European Jewry in World War II, killing six million. Only a small remnant survived. It has been 70 years since the destruction of Hungarian Jewry.

19th Annual House Tour

The Highland Park Historical Society presents the 19th Annual House Tour in conjunction with Seyfarth month.

Neil P. Iovino, A Hero Not Forgotten

Neil P. Iovino's daughters will relate his early life and what led their father to enlist in the U.S. Marines. The daughters will reveal how he became a prisoner of war for three years in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines culminating in his rescue by the 6th Army Rangers. Sharing Iovino’s experiences upon his heroes welcome to the United States, they will Reveal Iovino’s life after his prisoner-of-war experience and how it impacted his family.

Matzo Balls, Chopped Liver and the Midwest: Jewish Foodways of the Heartland

Throughout the Midwest, one finds numerous ethnicities and creeds, each of which has contributed much to the amalgam that has become “the Heartland.” The Jewish immigrants, from all over Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, who settled here added their unique heritage foods and recipes to this mix. However, many of these dishes did not necessarily remain the same as they had been when prepared elsewhere in the world. In fact, they often developed a distinctive Midwestern flavor. Join Dr. Ellen Steinberg, author of From the Jewish Heartland: Two Centuries of Midwest Foodways, as she explores the fascinating evolution of Midwestern Jewish cuisine.