Eat, Drink and Be Merry: The History of Food and Hospitality in Lake County, Illinois

YouTube, part one from January 5, 2023
YouTube, part two from January 19, 2023
Podcast list of complete and individual sessions

Libertyville —- Bess Bower Dunn Museum will host its Eighth Annual Lake County History Symposium on ‘Eat, Drink and Be Merry: The History of Food and Hospitality in Lake County,’ presented via Zoom on Thursday, January 5 at 7:00 PM and Thursday, January 19 at 7:00 PM. Zoom link free due to a grant from USG.    

The Lake County History Symposium is an annual gathering of people interested in the history of Lake County, Illinois. Professional, amateur, and student historians offering presentations based on their original historical research using primary and secondary sources.

Join us for a fascinating series of presentations beginning on Thursday, January 5th at 7:00 PM via Zoom:

‘Crofton Cookbook,’ presented by Nicole Stocker. Dive into the Dunn Museum’s collection to explore an 1895 manuscript cookbook used at Fort Sheridan.

‘Highland Park Community Cookbooks circa 1911 & 1925,’ presented by Catherine Lambrecht. Comparison and contrast of the Ossoli Club community Cook Book, circa 1911, and Highland Park Woman’s Club Cook Book, circa 1925. These fundraisers funded a public beach and club house, respectively.

‘The Rustic Manor: Good Food, Cocktails and the American Old West,’ presented by Diana Dretske. From 1947 to 1986, Victor and Marian Trybom’s Rustic Manner Restaurant in Gurnee charmed patrons near and far with good food and cocktails set in an American frontier atmosphere

The symposium continues on Thursday, January 19, at 7:00 PM with these presentations via Zoom:

‘Stay: The History of Libertyville Hotels,’ presented by Jenny Berry. Libertyville has offered the traveler accomodations since the mid-1800s. Jenny Barry of the Libertyville Historical Society introduces a few of these hotels and stories of some notable guests.

‘Flora and Fauna,’ presented by Nancy Webster. Recipes collected orally by Native Americans and written by local pioneer settlers demonstrate sustenance and diet using native flora and fauna. This will be illustrated using glass slides.

‘Eating Wild in Deerfield,’ presented by Donna-Marie Stupple. A look at the history of Wild Game fund-raising dinners, including one in which the main dish was local raccoons.

Zoom links are available online and are free thanks to USG underwriting:

-Thursday, January 5th at 7:00 PM: make your reservation here for a Zoom link.

-Thursday, January 19nd at 7:00 PM: make your reservation here for a Zoom link.

        For further information, please contact the Dunn Museum at 847-968-3400. Teacher professional development hours are available.