Because we are the Wilmette Historical Museum, we collect items with a local connection, things that can help us tell the story of this community. We get offered a lot of very interesting and beautiful old heirlooms that we wish we could accept but can’t, because they don’t have any real connection to Wilmette.
Almost every photo, document, or object in our collections came to us because somebody decided to offer it to us as a donation. If something has a story that connects it to Wilmette, chances are we’d like to see it. It might be that pair of embroidered bell-bottoms you wore to a party when you were at New Trier. Or the home movie your dad made of your sister’s birthday party. Or the letters your grandfather wrote home to Wilmette during World War II. Or the old floor plans that the previous owners of your Wilmette house passed along to you.
If you’re not sure, please ask us. Some little thing that might seem trivial or disposable to you might be very interesting to us. If it duplicates something already in the Museum’s collection, we’ll tell you. But we’re always glad to be asked.