Fort Sheridan Historical Society
Chat with Former Senator Mark Kirk Planned
Coming Up... Trip to the Dunn Museum
On April 13th, the FSHS will host a visit to Lake County Forest Preserve's Dunn Museum in Libertyville. The Dunn Museum is the holder of many Fort Sheridan historical documents and artifacts.
Participants will be given an exclusive presentation by Museum staff about the unique history and stories of the Fort, perhaps including some of the museum's Fort Sheridan materials. Following this, participants will have time to browse the rest of the museum at their leisure.
The presentation will begin at 10:30 AM. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation. The museum is located at 1899 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville, IL, 60048
The presentation is free and does not require registration. Touring the museum after the presentation will cost $8 per person. Members of the Society will be sent an upcoming reminder email .
The chat with former Senator Mark Kirk on March 5th, hosted by the Society, was a great success. Many thanks to the over 60 people who attended and the Directors of the Society who made all the arrangements.
Veterans Day Commemoration
On a chilly November 11 morning, we commemorated Veterans Day once again at the Fort Flagpole. Allan Dennis, founder of Midwest Young Artists, served as MC and delivered a needed reminder of the history and importance of Veterans Day, honoring all past, current, and future veterans. Officers and members of the VFW Post 4737 laid a wreath at the base of the flagpole. A reception for all attendees was held afterwards, indoors.
What's New on This Website??
We're constantly adding new historical documents to the site, and our most recent has been to add copies of The Tower newspaper from the 1970s and from 1993. Find these on our Articles and Maps page. The 3 papers from the 1970s highlight interesting events happening at the Fort and include some fun-to-read ads for local merchants. The 1993 edition is the last one before the Fort officially closed on June 1, 1993, and has articles about the closing.
Check them all out. While you're on the Articles and Maps page, click on a few of the other historical documents listed there to answer some of your other questions about the Fort's past. Enjoy!
The Fort Sheridan Historical Society was formed to honor, support, educate about, and promote the Fort and its history from the late 1880’s to present.
Our goal is to provide useful information about the Fort and its history to former and current residents and those interested in the history of the Fort and the North Shore. Click here for more information about the Society.
Please explore this site to find much more information about the Fort, its history, and how to best plan and enjoy a visit to the Fort. To encourage further research and sharing of Fort information, please support the Society by Joining.
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Dunn Museum Excursion - In Libertyville, April 13, 2023. The Dunn is home to many Fort artifacts.
Historic Building Walk - planned for June 10, 2023, to include areas south of the water tower.
Fort Sheridan: Then and Now
A new book by Laura Tucker. Laura is a former resident of the Fort, an avid photographer and Fort Sheridan enthusiast, and has researched and compiled a collection of photographs and facts that highlight the ever-changing uses of the structures and the chameleon-like personality of the Fort. Buy it here on Amazon. (Separately, Laura has donated many of her research materials for the book to the Society's archives.)