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The Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society was officially founded in 1955. During that year, a steering committee proposed the society's goal and purpose: "to discover, study, discuss, collect, and preserve information and materials relative to the history of the community."

The Ansel B. Cook Victorian Home, which elegantly graces Milwaukee Avenue, is the society's museum and archive. The house stands as a wonderful tribute to the dedicated members of the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society who continue to embrace a mission of preservation that benefits our extended community.


As a society, our duties include the following:

  • Refurbish and maintain the Ansel B. Cook Home as a museum and historical site.
    (The home is open Sundays during June, July and August from 2 to 4 p.m.)
  • Conduct tours by appointment.
  • Present popular programs on local history on the third Monday of September, October, January, February, March, April, and May.
  • Host a Victorian Christmas Open House in the Cook Home on designated weekends in December.
  • Conduct field trips to historic places in the area.
  • Maintain a local history information file that is used by the press and the public.
  • Publish a newsletter.
  • LMHS Board

    Faith Sage, President
    Jim Moran, Vice President

    Margo Aemisegger, Hospitality
    Jane Ahrens, Membership
    Marylyn Alkire, Recording Sec.
    Jenny Barry, Webmaster
    Jack Cavanaugh, Treasurer
    Phyllis Eggert, Corresponding Sec.
    Dick Fisher, Special Tours
    Audrey Krueger, Archivist
    Arlene Lane, Editor
    Jim Moran, Publicity
    Lynne Stetz, Acquistions
    Joanne Wright, Programs

    Larry Alkire, Honorary Director
    Beverly Schar, Honorary Director

    Stephen Kershner, Library Director


(Surrounding Larry Alkire from left to right are: Audrey Krueger, Mickey Alkire, Laura Hickey,
Arlene Lane, Lynne Stetz, Faith Sage and Joanne Wright.)