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Welcome to the Wauconda Township Historical Society!

Our Mission:

Wauconda Township Historical Society’s mission is the preservation of the history and genealogy of Wauconda Township in Lake County, Illinois.  Together in partnership, Wauconda Township maintains and leases the Andrew C. Cook House in Wauconda, while the Historical Society offers programs and events funded only by dues and donations.  The historical society holds open houses and programs at Cook House from late spring through December annually.

Andrew C. Cook House:

In 1850, Andrew and Mary Cook built Wauconda’s first brick home on their farm at the north end of the village, now 711 N. Main Street. In 1973, the Wauconda Township Historical Society (WTHS) was formed to save the Cook’s house from demolition. In the years since, dedicated volunteers, realizing the importance of preserving this home and its rich heritage, have cared for it, and Wauconda Township has maintained it.  In 1992, the Illinois State Historical Society designated the Cook House a historic site, with a marker to signify that honor. In 2014, Wauconda Township funded a major restoration to the house while maintaining the architecture and furnishings of 1850.   The house continues to showcase the history and lifestyle of the original Cook family and their pioneer prairie farmhouse. At Cook House, WTHS has a collection of more than 2,000 historical artifacts and documents used in changing displays relevant to historic anniversaries and subjects of local and area interest.

Take a Tour:  In addition to our open houses, we offer docent-guided house tours for private groups or group organizations.  Call 847-526-9303 or email us at wths@wauconda-history.org to arrange a tour.

Attend our Annual Events:   Annual events include our Maypole Dance in May, summer program in June, open houses before the Library concerts in July, our popular Ice Cream and Pie Social in August, Fall programs including Wauconda Cemetery Walks, and our holiday favorite “Selfies with Santa and Mrs. Claus too”!

More Info:  Please visit our website at www.wauconda-history.org. Wauconda Leader newspapers and other documents are available there for public access. Follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for up-to-date news or better yet BECOME A MEMBER!

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