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An inaugural exhibit for the Museum's new Community Gallery, this exhibit showcasing artwork and artifacts created by District 39 students in the spring of 2021. These pieces are a small sample of submissions to the District 39 Educational Foundation's Silver Lining Project that asked students to produce artwork and other material that represented their "silver lining" during the pandemic.
Many fun and iconic objects, stories, and documents from the Museum's extensive collections are featured in this new exhibit, created in celebration of the Village's 150th anniversary in 2022. Learn about the first post office, the conflict over whether to become part of Evanston, projects during the Great Depression, expansion in the western part of the village, and many more fascinating stories!
This exhibit displays 150 years of local fashion in six, twenty-five year leaps. Come along as we travel along fashion's fast lane, from 1872 until 1997, noting cultural shifts and technological advances which influence the everyday fabric of our lives.
This corridor exhibit on the Museum's lower level features a selection of celebrities who have called Wilmette their home. Pictures and stories illuminate the local lives of such accomplished hometown favorites as Bobbi Brown, Jens Jensen, Bill Murray and many others.
The Gross Point Village Hall’s former fire station bay features stories that help to illuminate the special character of our community and its people.
The Gross Point Village Hall had it all: clerk's office, fire department, and police department—including four jail cells. Thanks to this restoration you can find out how it felt to be locked up in one of the gloomy old basement cells. (Kids of all ages love this exhibit!)
In the adjoining cell, Early Policing in Wilmette and Gross Point features antique equipment like handcuffs and a billy club.
On the first floor is this exhibit about the people who settled Gross Point and Wilmette in the 19th century.
Among the rare artifacts on display are the medicine bag (complete with vials!) of the Village's first doctor, Byron Stolp, the surveyor's compass used to lay out Wilmette's first streets, and a phrase-book that Gross Point's German immigrants used to help them make their way across America.
Before 19th century treaties forced them to move, there were Native American communities in the Wilmette area for more than 10,000 years. On display are examples of their finely crafted stone tools and ceramic objects, including the haunting "effigy head," one of the oldest and most famous artifacts in our collection.
Don't miss a chance to see locally made objects that are thousands of years old!