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Cemetery Wreaths

On Saturday December 17, 2022, Doug Haverkamp representing Fort Sheridan Historical Society helped lay wreaths on 2800 graves.

Participating groups included  Boy Scouts from Batavia IL, veterans, reserve veterans, local churches, active military, Fort Sheridan Historical Society and the Master Homeowners Association. There was an Honor Guard and a piper playing a bagpipe.

 Photos by Doug Haverkamp.

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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.

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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We're constantly adding new historical documents to the site, and our most recent has been to add copies of The Tower newspaper from the 1970s and from 1993.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  While you're on the Articles and Maps page, click on a few of the other historical documents listed there to answer some of your other questions about the Fort's past.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 Society

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.

Events

Events

  • March 3, 2022 - The Fort's 136th birthday.

  • Dunn Museum Excursion - In Libertyville, April 13, 2023.  Check back here for further information.

  • Historic Building Walk - planned for June, 2023, to include areas south of the water tower.

Want to know more about the Fort?...

We routinely send out emails and newsletters with interesting information and updates on events.  No need to be a member to get these (although there are Member Only events you may miss out on).  Just contact us and we'll add you to our list!

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.)

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