Long Grove Historical Society http://LongGroveHistory.org Save The Bridge! Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:49:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/lghsmedia/lghs/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/12155205/cropped-lghsLogo512Square-1-32x32.png Long Grove Historical Society http://LongGroveHistory.org 32 32 2019 Membership Drive http://LongGroveHistory.org/2019-membership-drive/ Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:31:28 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=990 Join the Long Grove Historical Society and help get the Long Grove Covered Bridge restored.

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Click here for information on how to make a donation and join our ranks.

Please consider a membership in the Long Grove Historical Society for the year 2019.As you have likely heard, the Historical Society, partnering with the State of Illinois and the downtown merchants, was successful in getting our covered bridge placed on the National Historic Register. Only a few days later, the Bridge Covering was badly damaged by a wayward truck. Efforts to rebuild the bridge will be ongoing into the next year. The Historical Society will continue our work of advocating for preservation of our historical icon.

Our volunteer organization also owns and maintains three properties as a reminder of our heritage: the 1850’s Farmhouse Museum, the historic one room Archer School, and the 1850’s restored Ruth Barn. We have an ongoing relationship with the community and the members of the Historic Downtown Business Association, and strive to provide educational opportunities through our activities and programs. New for this year was a remodeled patio at our Farmhouse which functioned as a stage for several family friendly programs over the summer.

While membership dues have always been a major part of our annual revenues, they’re especially critical this year. In addition to the time and effort that has gone into advocacy and fundraising to preserve the Covered Bridge, our buildings have also needed major repairs, such as new windows and a new security system. This coming year we will need to repaint. Due to the construction in the downtown this fall, our major annual fund raiser, the Ghost Walk, had to be cancelled. We continue to be dependent on the support of friends and neighbors such as yourself. The Long Grove Historical Society is a registered 501C3 charity and receives no public funding. We hope you’ll consider a membership for 2019 so that we may continue to provide this advocacy and these wonderful programs to the community. If you’re interested in volunteering, we can always use a hand. Contact Angie@LongGroveHistory.org, for more information.

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2018 Long Grove Ghost Walk – Our Sixth Annual Event http://LongGroveHistory.org/sixth-annual-ghost-walk/ Tue, 11 Sep 2018 12:35:02 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=972 Fancy a creepy historical walk around the coolest downtown in Lake County? Join the Long Grove Historical Society for their sixth annual Long Grove Ghost Walk! The ghosts will be there... will you?

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Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the 2018 Long Grove Historical Society Ghost Walk, due to road and sidewalk closures in the downtown.

So…

Instead this year, we will do a smaller scale, bring your own chair because we ain’t walkin’ around anywhere “variety” show at our Farmhouse back porch stage, which we’re calling:

“A Scary Night at the Farmhouse”

See our Facebook event listing for all the details. Email our event chair persons at ghostbusters@longGroveHistory.org if you have further questions.

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Good Times with the Gridleys http://LongGroveHistory.org/good-times-gridleys/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:50:04 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=966 Video from the 2018 Vintage Days performance of Good TImes with the Gridleys. The home town show covers retells some significant events in Long Grove History.

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An enthusiastic crowd got a treat this past Saturday and Sunday with the performance of the original musical “Good Times with the Gridleys”. The show covers some significant events in Long Grove History. The first clip below is a bit over 5 minutes and hits just the hightlights, while the second clip contains the entire 30 minute show. Enjoy!

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Bridge Damaged http://LongGroveHistory.org/bridge-damaged/ Fri, 29 Jun 2018 06:00:06 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=947 Only days after being placed on the nation's National Historic Register, Long Grove's iconic bridge was severely damaged by an over-size, over-weight truck.

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Unbelievable. Only days after being placed on the nation’s National Historic Register, the bridge was severely damaged by an over-size, over-weight truck. Hopefully, the damage was limited to the covering, which has been the case in previous run-ins with trucks that disregard all the signage.

Below is a clip from ABC 7 that aired on August 24th (scroll further down for items that aired in the immediate aftermath of the accident):

Below is a clip from CBS Chicago’s evening newscast on Thursday, June 28:


Below is the article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Friday, June 29. (click here or on the newspaper below for the full article):


Below is the article that appeared in the Daily Herald on Friday, June 29. (click here or on the newspaper below for the full article):


Below is a picture taken shortly after the incident which shows the size and type of truck:

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Family History Research http://LongGroveHistory.org/family-history-research/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:47:18 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=937 Indexes for Family History Researchers

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As an all volunteer, privately funded (well… underfunded… 🙂 ) group, we lack the resources to perform family history research or consulting. We have no public archives, aside from what’s on this website. We do not have any original records for the Long Grove area – those are held in other institutions.

We love getting pictures and old stories of old Long Grove, so if you have some to share – please send them our way. We do occasionally collaborate with a family history researcher on research and document items of significance.

The definitive history of Long Grove area families is called Long Grove Lore and Legend. New copies may be purchased at the Long Grove Information Center and used copies can often be found on eBay. Copies can also be found in local Long Grove area libraries, of course. Here’s a link to an index we put together of the book:

Index to Long Grove Lore and Leged

Additionally, we are always posting old newsletters and historical articles on this site – use google to search your interest with the following link:

LongGroveHistory.org Google Site Search Link

So if you’re tempted to drop us an email to inquire if we know anything about your great-great-uncle Bob… there’s no need. We’ll just refer you to this page, where you can check the above indexes. However, if you’ve been told that your great-great-uncle Bob wrote the Army Air Corps theme song while visiting his sister in Long Grove… by all means let’s talk!

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Bridge Listed on National Register http://LongGroveHistory.org/bridge-listed-national-register/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:43:49 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=930 Long Grove's Buffalo Creek Bridge, more commonly known as the Long Grove Covered Bridge, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service of the United Stated of America.

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We received notification today from the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office that Long Grove’s Buffalo Creek Bridge was formally listed on the National Historic Register, June 11, 2018!

The Register is maintained by the US National Park Service, and is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.

This is Long Grove’s first listing on the prestigious register and only the second one in Vernon Township (the Adlai Stevenson home is the other listed property).

The celebration originally planned for July 12th has been postponed to give the bridge time to recover from it’s recent bout with an over-size truck. When the bridge is back in good health, we’ll announce plans for an event to properly celebrate the designation.

Here’s a link to the notice put out by the National Park Service:

https://www.nps.gov/nr/listings/20180615.htm

The following joint press release (Long Grove Historical Society & Historical Downtown Long Grove Business Association) was issued yesterday when we got the news:


PRESS RELEASE June 15, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT:

Angie Underwood, President, Long Grove Historical Society
847-478-5140; angie@longGroveHistory.org
http://savethebridge.net/

Ryan Messner,Vice-President, Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association
847-793-0041
rmessner@visitlonggrove.com

Long Grove’s Iconic Covered Bridge listed in National Register of Historic Places

The National Park Service has announced today that the Buffalo Creek Bridge, more commonly known as the Long Grove Covered Bridge, is being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the first property in Long Grove to receive this prestigious designation.

Originally constructed in 1906 by the Joliet Bridge and Iron Company, the bridge is one of only two remaining of its kind in the greater Chicagoland area. Grass roots efforts for historic preservation and national recognition were rekindled early in 2017 when some local officials questioned the historic value of the one-lane bridge and favored a plan that would require removal of the current structure and increase truck and auto traffic through the pedestrian friendly downtown. In April of 2017, Landmarks Illinois, named the bridge to their annual “List of Endangered Historic Places.” A change.org petition urging local officials to save the historic bridge gathered over 4,900 signatures/testimonials and a fund-raising campaign has raised over $50,000 in monetary donations and pledges. Despite these efforts, local officials remain undecided on a long term course of action to restore or replace the bridge.

“For many years, the Long Grove Historical Society has been at the forefront of efforts to receive this designation, and we are thrilled to hear the news. Achieving National Register status confirms our belief in the bridge’s historical value as well as the sentimental value we know it holds for our community. This is a source of pride for all of Long Grove and we will continue to advocate for preservation of our beloved covered bridge,” noted Historical Society President Angie Underwood.

Ryan Messner, Vice-President of the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association added, “It’s our icon and our brand. For decades, Long Grove was a destination, and now the general feeling is that with the recent new business openings we’ve turned the corner and are solidly on our way back. It’d be foolish to destroy this treasure that has now been recognized with national historical status, and open up the quaint downtown to cut through traffic.”

An impromptu public celebration will be held in the coming weeks. Please check the Long Grove Historical Society website at LongGroveHistory.org for updated details. More information about the bridge and the efforts to save it can be found online at SaveTheBridge.net

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Long Grove Times – #39 Summer, 2018 http://LongGroveHistory.org/long-grove-times-39-summer-2018/ Tue, 15 May 2018 23:28:58 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=861 Join us this weekend to kick off our summer events at Long Grove's Historical Farmhouse. Fun family events are planned all summer long - see the complete listing of dates and times below. Also, learn about a few old things that turned up around town, meet our new board members for the upcoming year, and find out who won the recently completed Covered Bridge Art Contest.

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#39 – Summer 2018

In this issue… Join us this weekend to kick off our summer events at Long Grove’s Historical Farmhouse. Fun family events are planned all summer long – see the complete listing of dates and times below. Also, learn about a few old things that turned up around town, meet our new board members for the upcoming year, and find out who won the recently completed Covered Bridge Art Contest.

Bridge Damaged

Only days after being placed on the nation’s National Historic Register, Long Grove’s iconic bridge was severely damaged by an over-size, over-weight truck.

Bridge Listed on National Register

Long Grove’s Buffalo Creek Bridge, more commonly known as the Long Grove Covered Bridge, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service of the United Stated of America.

Long Grove Times – #39 Summer, 2018

Join us this weekend to kick off our summer events at Long Grove’s Historical Farmhouse. Fun family events are planned all summer long – see the complete listing of dates and times below. Also, learn about a few old things that turned up around town, meet our new board members for the upcoming year, and find out who won the recently completed Covered Bridge Art Contest.

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Book Club Picks Books http://LongGroveHistory.org/book-club-picks-books/ Tue, 15 May 2018 00:18:58 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=912 Long Grove Historical Society's Historical Book Club selections for 2018/19.

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The HISTORICAL BOOK CLUB, which typically meets at Long Grove’s Sunset Foods, 2nd floor conference room at noon, has picked several books to be discussed this year. Email Tina Mall or use our contact page if you would like to join the book club for their lively discussions.

June 25, 2018
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Gann

August 27, 2018
To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

October 22, 2018
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

January 7, 2019
News of the World by Paulette Jules

February 25, 2019
My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray

April 22nd, 2019
The Underground Railroad by Colton Whitehead

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Vintage Advertising http://LongGroveHistory.org/vintage-advertising/ Mon, 14 May 2018 23:21:39 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=886 An old Long Grove promotional item is discovered - how old is it and how does it relate to Long Grove?

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This Long Grove History article appeared in the May, 2017 issue of Long Grove Living magazine.

Ebay can be an interesting place to pick up Long Grove historical items. There’s almost always a few old postcards, wooden nickels, and match books. Most of these items date from circa 1980, give or take a decade. Occasionally, though, something older will pop up that’s a bit more interesting. Recently an old dinner plate from 1952 popped up with a familiar looking green Village Tavern logo. It was identified as being from the Long Grove Village Tavern. However, a closer inspection of the building depicted in the logo seemed a bit off for our Village Tavern. Since it was only a few dollars, I decided to acquire it and check it out with current Village Tavern proprietor Mary Ann Ullrich.

Mary Ann confirmed that the plate wasn’t related to the Long Grove Village Tavern and pointed out that at that time, 1952, it was called Didier’s Tavern, and didn’t take on the Long Grove Village Tavern name until a few years later when her family acquired the property. She disappeared upstairs for a minute and returned with a box of “old things” that she had found, acquired, or been given over the years. Most of it was advertising and promotional items from the 1940’s and 1950’s. One thing that struck me as unusual was everything seemed to involve a thermometer. Apparently, thermometer promotional things were yesterday’s equivalent of today’s logo pens.

Pictured is Valerie Krause of the Long Grove Village Tavern, holding a nice framed picture with an embedded thermometer in the upper right corner. This was typical of the “embedded thermometer” things in Mary Ann’s box. I gather the idea for merchants was that they would give you a nice picture to hang on the wall and you tolerate having their name on it, seeing how it was such a nice picture. Eventually, merchants figured out the odds of you actually hanging up their item on your wall went way up if it also provided a service, such as letting you know what the temperature was. By the 1920’s Thermometers had become inexpensive so were just the ticket for this sort of promotion. The picture Valerie is holding would appear to be from the 1940’s or 1950’s.

Alas, this little wannabe Long Grove artifact had a similar issue to the plate I found on eBay. The Long Grove Cheese Factory underwent a name change when it was acquired by 1908 by Bowman’s Dairy of Gurnee and had ceased operation well before this framed picture was produced. Was this from a different Long Grove Cheese Factory not in Long Grove, Illinois? The inscription, “LONG GROVE CHEESE FACTORY – THE ROOSLI FAMILY”, provides the answer to the mystery. A Joseph Roosli ran a cheese factory near Platteville, Wisconsin, which was known as the Long Grove Cheese Factory. There’s no relationship between the factories other than the naming coincidence. Oh well, at least the thermometer still works.

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Farmhouse Back Porch Events For 2018 http://LongGroveHistory.org/farmhouse-back-porch-events-2018/ Wed, 09 May 2018 22:30:17 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=850 Free, fun family entertainment planned for 2018 at Long Grove's Historical Farmhouse Back Porch.

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Step back in time for free, family edutainment. The Farmhouse Back Porch will be rockin’ this year with a variety of events. Here’s what’s in the works for 2018:

 

May 19 & 20 Chocolate, Chronicled (Saturday 4:30 p.m./Sunday 3:30 p.m./Chocolate Fest)
Long Grove pioneers, Ma and Pa Gridley and their son George, host this historically
hysterical hodgepodge of all things chocolate.

June 1 Spoon River Anthology (Friday, 6-7 p.m./LONG GROVE CELEBRATES THE ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL)
Actors Paddy and Jon Lynn and folk singer Patti Ecker interpret Edgar Lee Masters’ classic
portrait of life and death in a turn-of-the-century Illinois town.
Suggested for middle school age and above. PRE-SHOW BACK YARD BARBEQUE and BRIDGE ART 5-6

June 23 & 24 Strawberry Fields, Whatever (Saturday 4:30 p.m./Sunday 3:30 p.m./Strawberry Fest)
You’ll have a berry, berry good time enjoying the history and humor associated with our
beloved fruit! The Gridleys are back!

July 6 Songs of the Prairie (Friday, 6-7 p.m./ LONG GROVE CELEBRATES THE ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL)
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Patti Ecker and Friends present an engrossing selection
traditional and popular songs reflecting chapters in Illinois history

August 3 Birth of a State (Friday, 6-7 p.m./ LONG GROVE CELEBRATES THE ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL)
Find out what was happening in culture, politics, music, theatre, and everyday life
during Illinois’ first summer of statehood.

Aug. 18 & 19 The Gridleys Explain Everything! (Saturday 4:30 p.m./Sunday 3:00 p.m./Vintage Days)
The pioneer family– ma, pa, three daughters and three sons recount noteworthy chapters
from Long Grove’s early years, interweaving traditional folk songs into their lively stories.
(50 minutes) THE ANNUAL PENNY CARNIVAL PRECEDES SUNDAY’S SHOW

Sept. 7 Company’s Comin’ (Friday, 6-7 p.m./ LONG GROVE CELEBRATES THE ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL)
Long Grove founding father, Chris Sauer, lost his leg in the Battle of Missionary Ridge
during the Civil War. In this recreation he is brought home by buddies from his company,
who mark his return with stories, music and song.

Sept. 22 & 23 Johnny Appleseed (Saturday 4:30 p.m./Sunday 3:30 p.m./Apple Fest)
The Long Grove Historical Society completes its summer season with this lighthearted
musical about the frontier folk hero apple farmer.

October 26 Hair-Raising Stories with Spine-Chilling Music
at the Farmhouse after dark during the annual Historical Society Ghost Walk

December 8 Yuletide Sing – Saturday, 6 p.m.
Sing songs of the season around a warming fire with live music, hot chocolate and good cheer.

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