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all-day A Century of Education: Crystal... @ Colonel Palmer House
A Century of Education: Crystal... @ Colonel Palmer House
A Century of Education:  Crystal Lake Community High School @ Colonel Palmer House
What we know today as Crystal Lake Central High School is 100 years old!  This exhibit covers the history of the building, student life, sports, arts, and much more.  The Senior Class of 1924 is … 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.