LAKE FOREST / LAKE BLUFF – The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board recently awarded the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society a grant of $4,000 to accomplish its long-time goal of creating a searchable, online catalog of its growing museum collection. Now housed in the former Church of Christ Scientist at 509 East Deerpath, the LFLBHS collection has national, regional and local significance due to Lake Forest’s close association with Chicago history and to its unique architectural character.
With these grant monies, plus additional funding from the Buchanan Family Foundation, the LF-LB Historical Society has hired Jenny Barry as a part-time Collections Assistant to help unpack the collection in the new facility, catalog new items, and create a web database for patrons to search its collection online. Jenny, who also works as a local history librarian at Cook Memorial Public Library, holds a B.A. in History from Augustana College and a Masters of Library Science from Indiana University.
“We’re so excited to begin working toward online access to our collection for researchers and local residents,” said Curator Laurie Stein, who will oversee the project. “Web visitors will be able to browse and search our catalog of thousands of photographs, archives and objects that tell the stories of the people and places in our community.”
About the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board
ISHRAB promotes the identification, preservation, access to, and use of historical records in Illinois. It advocates and encourages professional custodianship and cooperation in the recordkeeping community in order to ensure citizens’ access to records and the preservation of their cultural and historical heritage.
Submitted by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society.
The society inspires an awareness of the community’s history and an appreciation of its relevance through delivering engaging exhibitions, publication and public programs; collecting and preserving local heritage and culture; and supporting local research.