You are here
Despite our museum being closed for now, we want to stay engaged with you, our members and community. So, we’ve decided to create these blog posts to highlight our collections. We’ll start with an artifact or photograph from our own holdings and tell you more about it, plus share ways to dig deeper on your own.
In this edition of Exploring Collections at Home, we'll take a look at Libby's, a Chicago Food Business.
Father Edward J. Vattmann was a retired U.S. Army chaplain who lived at 1733 Lake Avenue in Wilmette. Active in local affairs, he was a familiar and well-loved figure around the village. His close friend, Theodore Roosevelt, was known to pay a visit to him at that house on occasion. During World War I, Father Vattmann came out of retirement to serve at Fort Sheridan.
Today was our last day to enjoy the company and the enormous help of one of our favorite people in the world: Kate Ranshaw, who has been volunteering with the Historical Museum since 2012.
A guest blog post by Jane Textor, the Museum's Costume Curator:
Our current exhibit on the 1960s gave me the opportunity to display one of my favorite pieces housed here at the museum; a dress made of paper! It has vivid colors, a psychedelic print, and it was worn right here in Wilmette.