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Feature Stories

Here, from the files of the Wilmette Historical Museum’s newsletter,  is a selection of a few of our favorite stories. Click on a thumbnail to download the story as a PDF. To receive our newsletter by mail, join the Wilmette Historical Society today!



“Looking Back at Wilmette’s Farm Stands”
Locally grown produce was once found all around.

Wilmette and the US Census

“Wilmette & the US Census”
Our nation’s head count reveals much from the past.

photo postcards

“Real Photo Postcards”
The fad that captured Wilmette 100 years ago.

“Rocking the Sixties on the North Shore”
Even 50 years later, these garage bands have left vivid memories.

“Three Wilmette Airmen in World War I”
Remembering three dashing young pilots.

“Wilmette Bakeries: A Light, Fluffy History”
Including the very first Girl Scout cookie!

“Civil Rights on the North Shore”
Born amid the turbulent 1960s, the Wilmette Human Relations Commission campaigned for fairness.

“The Development of Indian Hill Estates”
The roots of this distinctive subdivision lie in the Roaring Twenties.

“Voices of Early Wilmette”
Memories of pioneer days in the young village.

“The Mystery of Archange Ouilmette”
Her name lives on, but we know so little about her.

“The Union Church”
A good idea for church-sharing that didn’t quite work out.

“The Store”
Wilmette’s first general store, and what happened to it.

“Before Mallinckrodt”
A tract of land that started as a marsh and ended as a convent.

“Kenilworth Sanitarium”
An extraordinary institution that once stood on Beechwood.

“Gross Point Boys”
Remembering Ed Schuett and Ralph Klinge

“The Strange Journey of Ben Marshall’s Apollo”
From the Roaring Twenties to today.

“Stolp Class of 1937”
Charlton Heston was just one of a remarkable trio of graduates.

“The Cold War on Washington Ave.”
How an old laundry became a center for pioneering climate research.

“Connecticut Village”
The Olde New England visions of architect/planner Irvin A. Blietz

“Cops and Robbers at Edens Plaza, 1957”
A jewelry store, a young cop, and “Pops” Panczko.

“The Great Alewife Invasion of 1967”
When the smells of summertime were truly memorable.