Wauconda Township Historical Society
711 N. Main St., Wauconda, Ill. 60084
The 2009 season for the historical society is underway! After the chaos of the past couple of years, the Andrew C. Cook House will be open again two Sundays each month, beginning on the 28th of June. We have several interesting programs being planned, and we hope to get everyone involved in some way – even if it’s only stopping by the house to say hello.
ANDREW C. COOK HOUSE OPEN HOURS: The Cook House will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on the following dates: o June 28 o July 12 o July 26* o August 9 o August 23
*WAUCONDA HISTORICAL SOCIETY TOUR AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL: On Sunday, 26th July, in conjunction with the Wauconda Area Public Library, we will be offering a special program for our members, library patrons, and anyone else who might be interested. It will begin at 1 p.m. with a tour of the Cook House, followed by an old-fashioned icecream social in the Lincoln Room at the library. Local history materials will be featured at the library for people to look through. It will be a great opportunity for those who are interested to get a look at the house and to ask whatever questions they may have. It will also be a lot of fun! If you wish to attend this program, the library has asked that you register for it (among other things, they need to know how much ice cream to buy!). You can register by calling the library at 847.526.6225, or you can stop by the reference desk in person to register. There is no charge. Hope to see you there!
OTHER PROGRAMS: In addition to the library program, we are planning several other programs for our members. These will be held at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, July through November. The first program, on the 6th of July, will focus on the history of Volo, a community at least as old as Wauconda that was once a thriving stopover point for travellers.
WTHS WEB SITE: Did you know the Wauconda Township Historical Society has its own web site? If you’re on line, check us out at:
There isn’t much there at the moment, but we do have our schedule posted, and any time we have new information, or news to report, the site will be updated. (Please feel free to suggest things for the web site, too!)
Hope to see you at the Cook House soon!
100 years ago: In 1909, Robert Wynn – “the organizer of a not-too-successful trolley company in Waukegan” – came up with the idea of a railway line that would go between Palatine, Lake Zurich, and Wauconda. This was to be part of a line stretching from Waukegan to Fox Lax and then on to Rockford. Wynn’s Waukegan company failed the following year, but the idea of a railroad through Wauconda had caught on. Area residents contributed money to pay for it, and the ‘Old Maude’ finally steamed into Wauconda in May of 1913.
Dave Urbanek, “A railroad’s trip through history with ‘Old Maud’ ”, Daily Herald, 8 December 1982.
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