In 2007, a collection of photographs and documents from the Kenar-Jakubowski Family of North Chicago was donated to the museum.
For the museum, the donation enhances its holdings for the North Chicago area, and the period of the 1920s - 1940s. It also increases our understanding of immigration to the county. Much of the county's history is related to settlement and growth, and this donation is the story of first generation Americans.
|Jacob Kenar (photo 1944)|
|Julia Kenar (1904-1984), circa 1920|
in her North Chicago letterman sweater
The collection gives insight into life in North Chicago in the first half of the 20th century, and into the lives of immigrant families and their children. These were ordinary people living out ordinary lives, and in part that's what makes the materials all the more fascinating. It's a slice of life.
|Julia was the only woman in the Kenar family to drive a car.|
Pictured here on Victoria Street, North Chicago, circa 1925.
|Julia's husband, Joseph Jakubowski|
(1902-1976), studio photo circa 1920.
|Joe worked as a butcher. He's pictured here in|
the meat market's slaughter yard. The original
Holy Rosary Church can be seen in the
background at 14th and Victoria.
Photo circa 1922.
|Julia and Joe had this house built between 1941-1946|
on Skokie Highway near Stearns School Road in Gurnee.
|One of many receipts related to the|
Julia and Joe's home.
|Another local business the Jakubowski's|
patronized as they furnished their new home.
|Julia Kenar Jakubowski was a plant superintendent at|
Pfanstiehl (Fansteel) Chemical Corporation. She is
shown in this photo at the plant, standing in the back
of the room, 1942.