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Crystal Lake Historical Society

Perhaps you were born and raised in Crystal Lake. Or perhaps you've recently moved here. Maybe your ancestors helped settle the area. Regardless, we welcome you to The Crystal Lake Historical Society website, and hope you will learn more about our Society and our community's rich history.




It is through the support of our members that we can continue to preserve our community's history.

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Colonel Palmer House Open for Tours:

  • Thursdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Saturdays 11:00am – 4:00pm

To arrange for a special visit or tour of the Colonel Palmer House (non-research), call 815/477-5873

If you wish to access the Research/Archives room, please make an appointment so a knowledgeable volunteer from the Crystal Lake Historical Society is available for assistance: (815) 455-1151. or

Crystal Lake Historical Society

660 Terra Cotta Ave
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

P.O. Box 1151
Crystal Lake, IL 60039-1151


The Crystal Lake Historical Society is located at the Colonel Palmer House, which is at the intersection of Illinois Route 176 and Terra Cotta Road in Crystal Lake.