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Spring Newsletter

NewsletterTake a look at our Spring Newsletter! Read about recent exhibits, donations, and other happenings at the historical society.

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Share your collection!

The Kenilworth Historical Society is opening up the lobby display case for public exhibits. If you have a personal collection you would like to share with the community please let us know. Create a display with your antique toy, rock, and mineral, baseball card, or any other collection you may have. Collectors of every age are encouraged to participate. Below is an example of a complete display. Yours can be as simple or elaborate as you want.


Scouting in Kenilworth

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Help Amazon donate to the Kenilworth Historical Society by using this site! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Please use this link to support us:

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.



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Found in Collection blog

Follow our new weekly bloHans-Christian-Andersen-The-Tallow-Candle-Manuscript-Found-2012g! Found in Collection highlights the interesting stories behind some unique artifacts in the historical societies holdings.

The Kenilworth Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the materials that document the people, events, and organizations of the small North Shore village. During my time as curator at the Society I’ve found a variety of fascinating and peculiar artifacts that tell the story of Kenilworth. We’ve recently begun an inventory of the entire collection, which has uncovered a plethora of interesting artifacts. I hope you find these museum relics as intriguing as I do.

I was inspired to write this blog one afternoon as I was combing though a box I found in our collection room. In a single box I found a prescription bottle of prohibition era whiskey, a death mask, a piece of the White House and much more. It’s no secret that the vast majority of museums’ collections never see the light of day. For example, The Field Museum in Chicago only has 1% of it’s collection on display at any given time. Museums just don’t have the gallery area (or budget) to display all the wonderful things we have. This project will shed light on the hidden treasures in our collection while exploring the captivating history behind them.



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Digital Photograph Campaign!

KHS has initiated a Digital Photograph Campaign! The purpose of the Digital Photograph Campaign is to collect and preserve contemporary photographs of the people, places, and organizations of Kenilworth. In addition to being a visual record, these photographs illustrate changes Kenilworth has undergone.

Photography has shifted dramatically to digital formats in the last 10 years, and KHS wants to make it easier for you donate these photographs. By donating your photographs to KHS we are able to grow out collection and fulfill our mission, to collect, preserve, and make available the history of the Village of Kenilworth.

To donate a digital photograph to KHS, please complete the following steps:
• Email photographs to:
• Subject field titles: Digital Photo for KHS
• Attach the highest resolution photograph you have to the email in a .JPG or .TIFF file
• The body of the email need to contain a complete description, including:
o Names of all individuals in the photograph
o Names of photographer
o Location
o Date
o Any other pertinent information, such as: When the homeowners moved into the residence, what event the photograph was taken at, etc.
• Note: Up to 5 photographs can be attached to a single email ONLY if the description is the same for each photograph

The support of donations are essential to grow the historical society’s collections and exhibits. The Kenilworth Historical Society thanks you for your continued support.



615 Abbotsford, Kenilworth, Illinois c. early 1900s


615 Abbotsford, Kenilworth, Illinois. 1982

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