Virtual Exhibits
1940 U.S. Census of Wilmette
How to find records for Wilmette residents in the 1940 U.S. Census to be released 2 April 1940 by the National Archives.
Children of Wilmette and World War I
The Library’s Local History Collection contains pamphlets, pictures and newspaper articles from the World War I era that illustrate how the children of Wilmette contributed to the war effort 1917-1919.
Civil War Veterans of Wilmette
Biographies of several Wilmette residents who participated in the Civil War 1860-1864.
Devil in the White City House
Photograph and discussion of the Wilmette house belonging to notorious mass murderer, H.H. Holmes, who lived in Wilmette during Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.
Letters from the California Gold Rush (1848–1855)
Three letters in the Wilmette Public Library's Local History Collection were written by a Wilmette resident, Alexander McDaniel, to his wife, Emeline Huntoon McDaniel, during the California Gold Rush (1848–1855).
Newspapers in Wilmette
Description of local newspapers covering news in Wilmette, The Local News, Lake Shore News, Wilmette Life and others.
Occupation: House Mover
Articles and photographs about the formerly common occurrence of moving houses to various locations in Wilmette.
Your Old Wilmette House
Find the "story" behind your Wilmette house using resources of the Wilmette Public Library, Wilmette Historical Museum and elsewhere.
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