Wilmette Historical Museum
609 Ridge Road, Wilmette, IL 60091-2441
Price of admission: Free. Donations always welcome.
Website - (847) 853-7666
Hours of Operations: Sunday through Thursday, 1p - 4:30p
Keywords: accessible, classes, Community/Cultural Center, cultural, exhibits, history, indoor, local, local attraction, Museum, Nature, Other, Park/garden, programs, science, tour, tours/walks, walk, wilmette village
The Wilmette Historical Museum is dedicated to encouraging the appreciation of Wilmette's past. By exploring, preserving, and sharing the history of Wilmette and the surrounding area, the Museum seeks to find and tell our community's stories, and to connect those stories to the wider contexts of Chicago, Illinois, and American history. The Museum is operated by the Wilmette Historical Society, a volunteer organization devoted to promoting local history, and by the Village of Wilmette.
Established by the Village of Wilmette in 1951, the Museum was first located in the basement of the Village Hall. The exhibits included a wide variety of materials—ranging from an Egyptian mummy's foot to an elm tree slab to Indian arrowheads—some of which had little to do with the history of Wilmette. The Museum remained in the Village Hall for about 17 years, until 1968. It was open the first Sunday of each month and was completely staffed by volunteers.
The Wilmette Historical Society was created in 1966 as an organization to support the Museum, especially in a fundraising capacity. James A. Williams, chair of the Wilmette Historical Commission, was instrumental in founding the society.
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