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Brides of Yester-Year

by Arlene Lane & Sonia Schoenfield

These wedding dresses come from the collection of the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society and are displayed in the Ansel B. Cook Victorian Museum. The brides who wore these dresses represent a true slice of American society: one of the brides was a Wisconsin farm girl, another an Irish immigrant, and two were Mayor's wives. The dresses are as varied as the women who wore them and each dress reflects the fashion and spirit of the times in which it was worn.

Libertyville in the 1920s

by Arlene Lane & Sonia Schoenfield

Libertyville was full of action in the 1920s. Learn about the people, entertainment, religion, schools, business and, yes, CRIME of the 1920s!


Mail Order Houses in Libertyville

by Arlene Lane & Sonia Schoenfield

In the early part of the twentieth century, Sears, Roebuck and Company began selling house plans and the kits to build them. Their mail order home business peaked in the 1930s and they published their last home catalog in 1940. Over 100,000 families built Sears homes throughout those years and some of those families lived in Libertyville. Cook Memorial Public Library, along with the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society, has embarked on a project to document mail order houses in Libertyville. In this exhibit you will see pictures of over 20 houses that were mail order homes, either from Sears or one of the other companies who sold kit homes.

Growing Up in Libertyville in the Thirties and Forties

by Murrell "Bud" Boyd
Digitized by Arlene Lane & Sonia Schoenfield

Murrell "Bud" Boyd's memoir of life in 1930s & 1940s Libertyville was sent to Cook Memorial Public Library in the spring of 2004. With the permission of the authors the text was reproduced as a web page with added illustrations using digital copies of vintage postcards from the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society.

Patricia Saam Cousins Collection

Photographs by Richard Behan
Digitized by Arlene Lane

Richard Behan was a freshman in 1946 when he began snapping photos of Libertyville Township High School classmates for the school year book, The Nautilus. The photos in the Patricia Saam Cousins Collection, named after Mr. Behan's high school sweetheart, follows his class through 1950.

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