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Deerfield Area

Historical Society The purpose of the Deerfield Area Historical Society is to preserve the significant historical sites, buildings and artifacts of the area, to contribute to the recorded history of Deerfield, and to promote an understanding of the area’s history by all means and to present programs appropriate to the purpose. Founded in 1968, the Deerfield Area Historical Society is an organization for the whole family. Each year the Society offers numerous activities and events catering to variety of interests and ages.

The Society’s headquarters are located at the Historic Village, which includes five historic buildings at the corner of Deerfield and Kipling Roads. The Historic Village is open for tours from 2 to 4 pm every Sunday from June through September. Tours for schools and other groups may be arranged by calling the Society at 948-0680.

The centerpiece of the Historic Village is the Casper Ott Log House built in 1837. The Ott House is the oldest standing building in Lake County. The Society’s offices, Village Store, special historic displays and Deerfield’s original Post Office are located in the George Luther House which was constructed in 1847. Nicknamed the “Little House on the Prairie,” the 1854 Bartle Sacker Farm House is furnished with artifacts typically used in the daily life of an active farm family.

One of the most popular buildings in the village is the Little Red School House, a replica of a 19th Century One-Room school. Each year fourth grade school children from District 109 step back in time and spend a class day in the Little Red School House as part of their local history program. The Society sponsors a History Contest for these students and public recognition is given to all participants.

The Fall Festival is the Society’s annual Fundraiser which consists of an afternoon of fun, food and entertainment. A crafts show, antique car show, and demonstrations of pioneer activities, as well as the presentation of awards for our annual Historic Restoration Contest and the 4th Grade History Contest are presented during the afternoon event.

❚ Jerry Pollard (right), of Northbrook, shows his 1923 Packard to Tom Wise (left), of Park Ridge during the Deerfield Historical Society Fall Festival. Brian O'Mahoney for STM

The Society gratefully acknowledges the Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce and the local business and service organizations who have so graciously supported our ongoing restoration projects, the Fall Festival and our other special programs.

The Society is an active and growing organization that always welcomes new members and visitors. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the area’s history. Benefits include special programs, Field Trips to historic sites, bi-annual dinners, a subscription to the society’s newsletter and opportunities to help the society in it’s effort to educate the public about local history.

To become a member or learn more about the Deerfield Area Historical Society, call us at 948-0680.

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