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Thank you for reading. This blog (est. 2008) is an active effort to illuminate Lake County, Illinois's historical past through stories of people, events, and the land, and feature photos and objects from the collections of the Bess Bower Dunn Museum.

About the author.  Diana Dretske is the Curator and Lake County historian for the Bess Bower Dunn Museum (formerly Lake County Discovery Museum) and may be contacted at The museum is a department of the Lake County Forest Preserves and is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Dretske is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society for making outstanding contributions in promoting, preserving and commemorating Illinois history.

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