Lunch and Learn Series Returns to Colonel Palmer House for Fall Program Season

Thu August 17, 2017

The fall series of Lunch and Learns entitled “Get on Board” partners with the Crystal Lake Historical Society. As home to the Society, the Colonel Palmer House supports their mission, “To identify, preserve, present and promote the history of Crystal Lake.” Each Lunch and Learn is presented by individual board members of the Society. Come join us and “Get on Board” with history. All presentations are held at the Colonel Palmer House located at 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave in Crystal Lake. For more information contact Colonel Palmer House staff at or 815-477-5873.

The Colonel Palmer House located at 660 E. Terra Cotta Rd. 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 home to the Crystal Lake Historical Society.

September 22, 12-1:30 pm: History and Stories of McHenry County Cemeteries (Code #131910-01)

Registration deadline: September 8

Program Fee: $15, Resident Discount Fee: $10

Author, Laurel Mellien demonstrates that the truth is stranger than fiction when local history is discovered among the headstones. Spine tingling stories will be revealed from the pages of local history books and from microfilm of area newspapers. Her multi-media presentation highlights her newly published book, History and Stories of McHenry County Cemeteries. Registration deadline is September 20.


Friday, October 20, 12-1:30 pm: Tracing our History through Postcards (Code #131911-01)

Registration deadline October 18

Program Fee: $15, Resident Discount Fee: $10

Crystal Lake Historical Society President Diana Kenney tells you how picture postcards are more than just a means of communication. Postcards help to provide us with a portrait of American life. Learn the history of postcards, how to categorize and date postcards and how these images can be used to trace your community’s history. Registration deadline is October 18.


Friday, October 27, 12-1:30 pm: Building Crystal Lake (Code #131912-01)

Registration deadline: October 25

Program Fee: $15, Resident Discount Fee: $10

Join author and researcher Kurt Pearson to learn about the Swedes who helped build Crystal Lake. The multi-media presentation will look at the contributions of Swedish contractors, masons and carpenters who constructed many of the homes, barns and commercial buildings in our community.


Friday, November 10, 12-1:30- pm: The History and Value of Your Family’s Heirlooms (Code #131913-01)

Registration deadline: November 8

Program Fee: $15, Resident Discount Fee: $10

Participants bring a family heirloom for group discussion and evaluation; a learning experience for all attendees. Presented by Debbie McArdle, owner of Iron Horse Antiques and Appraisals, founded in 1978 and member of the New England Appraisers Association.