Local History Treasure Trove

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How long has the Foulds factory on Church Street been in business? The name C.H. Kaiser is on the building above Leggy Bird. Who was that? Where can I find historical photos of Libertyville?

Whether you want to answer a specific question or just stroll down memory lane, the Local History Collection has something for you. The Local History Collection in the Lower Level of the Cook Park Library is a treasure trove containing books, clippings files (over 700 topics), maps (as early as 1861), and newspaper microfilm dating back to 1897. Make sure to check out our historical photographs display in the Lower Level lobby and our new exhibit case featuring local photographs and artifacts. Our current exhibit illustrates the history of our own Cook Library from its start as a few shelves in a drug store.

Local history resources are also available online through the Local History section of the Cook Library web site. Access telephone directories back to 1913, Sanborn Maps of Libertyville starting in 1867 (in-library use only), a local newspaper obituary index and hundreds of digitized vintage photographs and postcards of downtown Libertyville and the surrounding area. Learn more about Libertyville by exploring online local history exhibits or follow our blog "Libertyville's Past is Present" and our tumblr feed "A History of Libertyville in Photographs" to feed your local history craving through social media.

Take a trip to the Lower Level at Cook Park Library or the Local History page on our web site and discover our Local History Collection. For help using the collection, call 847-362-2330 x1132 to set up an appointment with one of our local history specialists.


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