Colonel Palmer House Opens Two New Exhibits on March 19

Fri March 6, 2020

On Thursday, March 19, two new exhibits will open to the public at Colonel Palmer House. In addition to the hours that the exhibit is open to the public, staff are hosting private reception dates for Crystal Lake Historical Society Members on March 13 and School District 47 and School District 155 Teachers, Staff and Administrators on March 17.


Faces of Education Exhibit features the history, teachers and administrators of the elementary and high school districts of Crystal Lake, from their combined beginning as Union School, eventual separation into Community High School and Union Grade School, and ultimate formation of Districts 47 and 155.  Special displays on the Country Schools in and around Crystal Lake and the Nature Education Program jointly administered by D47 and the Crystal Lake Park District for many years.


A Peek at the 20s Exhibit features Crystal Lake life from 100 years ago.  Learn about local transportation, religion, entertainment, recreation, politics, fashion in the era of prohibition and women’s rights to vote.  You might be surprised how far we have come in one short century!


Colonel Palmer House: 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake

Contact: 815.477.5873,

Hours: Thursday 11 am-5 pm, Friday 11 am-5 pm, Saturday 10 am-4 pm

Admission is free, donations appreciated.

The Colonel Palmer House was built c.1858 by settlers Gustavus and Henrietta Palmer. Located on its original site, the home was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Currently the home is maintained by the Crystal Lake Park District and is home to the Crystal Lake Historical Society.