General, History, Historic House, Historical Society, Specialized
The museum contains everything from native american artifacts (on loan from the Rebstock family) to a circa 1918 mail rig to hundreds of tools, photographs, and vintage clothing. One highlight are the hanging tools of Hawthorne township farmer Phil Hanna, "the humane hangman", who ended the life of Southern Illinois' most famous or infamous outlaw, Charlie Birger. Hanna presided over many early 20th century executions.
Art, Culture, General, History, Historical Society
The local membership does research of families (at a nominal fee) for those who visit the museum and many who correspond. Most of the local histories have been indexed, as have the scrapbooks compiled from local newspapers containing obits, weddings, and anniversaries. The museum also has many family files and card files with cross-indexing.
Lake Forest, Illinois
History, Historical Society
General, History, Historic House, Historical Society
We are a small but growing institution. Our capabilities at this time are limited but we have a wonderful collection of artifacts of the area. We are totally volunteer.
Art, Children's, Science
Anthropology, Archaeology, Culture, History, Historical Society
Art, Culture, General, History, University