Winnetka Historical Society

About Winnetka Historical Society

We own and operate two historic homes.  Our museum and headquarters is a c1859 Carpenter Gothic building two blocks from the center of the Village.  The Schmidt-Burnham Log House is a c1836 structure that we moved to a public park and have opened to the public as an historic home to interpret 1850’s Winnetka.  The Log House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.  Both of our homes are local landmarks.

Founded in 1932, the Winnetka Historical Society educates people on the stories of our past, in an effort to enrich our present and inspire our future.  We promote awareness of Winnetka’s heritage through artifact collection and preservation, public access to our research center, and enlightening programs, exhibits and publications.

Current Opportunities at Winnetka Historical Society

Village Wide Pioneer Day & Closing Ceremonies for Winnetka’s Sesquicentennial – September 22nd 10-3

Support the Winnetka Historical Society by volunteering to facilitate crafts, games or assist in the “General Store” on Pioneer Day:  September 22 at Crow Island Woods. The event is sponsored by the Village of Winnetka in collaboration with the Winnetka Park District.  Please Click the link below to sign up for a shift!
  • 1141 Willow Road, Winnetka, IL 60093 - Crow Island Woods
Type: One Day Service Event
Good For: People Over 16, Seniors
Categories: Arts & Culture
Days: Sunday
Times: Afternoons, Mornings

Scanning photographs

We have approximately 5,000 photographs in our collection, spanning 120 years. Only about 25% are digitized. We would love to have a volunteer who would like to scan photographs and create descriptions of them for our database.

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Internships, People Over 16, Seniors
Days: Monday, Thursday, Tuesday
Times: Afternoons, Mornings

Collections Assistant

Work with the collection at the direction of our curator in organizing archives, processing collections and inventorying objects. Varied positions available, either desk opportunities, computer-based tasks or physical moving of objects.

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Internships, People Over 16, Seniors
Days: Friday, Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Mornings

Ongoing Opportunities with Winnetka Historical Society

We have many options for clerical and collections-based volunteer opportunities. Please contact us if you are looking to volunteer.

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
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