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all-day Current Exhibits @ Colonel Palmer House
Current Exhibits @ Colonel Palmer House
Current Exhibits @ Colonel Palmer House
Picture This! Colonel Palmer House Exhibit features professional and amateur Crystal Lake photographers and photo studios spanning nearly 100 years from the late 1800s through the 1990s.  You will recognize many of these photographers and … Continued

The Society hosts numerous one-time and annual events.

“Dearly Departed” was first held in October, 2010 to a sell-out crowd! The first year’s presentation featured Victorian mourning customs. Beginning in 2011, “Dearly Departed” featured a true story from Crystal Lake’s past. This was such a hit (another sell-out) that each year after that has featured true (but different) stories.

Cemetery Walks were held (2002-2009) at the Lake Avenue Cemetery and Union Cemetery, both located in Crystal Lake. Costumed interpreters portrayed the life and times of individuals who have shaped our community. In most cases, a video is available of this portrayal.

During the summer months, the Crystal Lake Park District and Crystal Lake Historical Society have co-hosted a monthly event called “Summer Sundays.” Each Summer Sunday has focused on various historic themes.