History Programs & Walking Tours

Free History Program from the Waukegan Historical Society and Waukegan Park District

Guided history walks around Waukegan are scheduled regularly throughout the year.  If you are interested in your own private tour for your group or class, please contact us.  We’re happy to take you around to share Waukegan’s wonderful history! History Programs Can Be Presented Virtually to your classroom or organization.

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What We Offer

We’re proud to offer the following programs/presentations for your organization, group, social event, or classroom:

  • *Introduction to Studying & Learning About Local History
  • Native American History of the Waukegan Area
  • *French Explorers Marquette and Jolliet
  • *The French Fur Trade
  • *Early Settlers of Little Fort
  • *The Growing Town of Little Fort
  • Waukegan and the Underground Railroad
  • Abraham Lincoln Goes to Waukegan
  • The Civil War: The War Efforts in Waukegan
  • *Waukegan’s Famous Civil War Drummer Boys
  • *A Growing Waukegan
  • The Making of Waukegan: Immigration and Industry
  • *Haunted Waukegan
  • Lake Michigan History and Local Shipwrecks
  • Waukegan’s African American History
  • Influential Women of Waukegan’s Past
  • *Prominent Events and Visitors to Waukegan
  • Waukegan and the Motion Picture Industry
  • Ray Bradbury: Waukegan’s Influence on a Visionary
  • Jack Benny: From Waukegan to Hollywood
  • Jane Addams: Remembering Waukegan’s Bowen Country Club
  • Play Ball: Baseball in Waukegan
  • Lake County’s First Public Execution
  • Titanic: A Fateful Ticket to Waukegan
  • *History of the Waukegan Schools
  • *A Day in the Life of a Student (corresponds with the year your school opened)
  • *“What-Cha-Ma-Call-It” History Trunk (hands on program)

*For school groups only, all programs without an asterisk are for both school & adult groups

Program/Presentation Notes

Please call to schedule your free guided tour of the museum for your group.

For Educators & Youth Leaders

All Programs are FREE! We offer the following:

  • Guided Museum Tours (All Grades)
  • Guided Bus Tours (All Grades)
  • Classroom Presentations (All Grades)
  • Library Research (All Grades)
  • Research assistance of Chicago Metro History Fair (All Grades)
  • The History of Waukegan, Illinois Teacher’s Guide (4th Grade)
  • For more information please contact us at (847) 360-4749 or (847) 336-1859.
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