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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, November, February, March, and April.
  • 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

    Jenny Barry, President
    Margo Aemisegger
    Lori Adams
    Jane Ahrens, Membership
    Marylyn Alkire, Recording Sec.
    Jack Cavanaugh, Treasurer
    Joanne Wright, Corresponding Sec.
    Dick Fisher, Special Tours
    Audrey Krueger
    Arlene Lane, Archivist
    Lynne Stetz, House Manager
    Laurie Stein, Programs


    Beverly Schar, Honorary Director

    David Archer, 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.)