The Northbrook History Museum located in the three-story Northfield Inn is handicapped accessible on the lower two floors. The lower level contains a large meeting room decorated with the Schinleber Photograph Collection and other permanent exhibits. The museum contains rotating exhibits on the main floor.
The top floor is a re-created 1890s Shermerville home. The home has a parlor, sewing room, kitchen, dining room, child's room, bathroom and bedroom. Each room is authentically decorated and furnished with period furniture, fixtures, clothing, toys and artifacts. A video tour of the Shermerville home is also available for viewing.
The Northbrook History Museum is open Every Sunday 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and every Thursday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM except on national holiday and by appointment. Stop in and learn about Northbrook and its rich heritage.
ARCHIVES AND RESEARCH
The Louis J. Werhane Library contains a collection of photographs, manuscripts and documents illustrating the rich history of the village. The collection with a Shermerville/Northbrook emphasis includes:
The Schinleber Collection of Early Shermerville/ Northbrook Photographs
Memorabilia and photographs from some of the pioneer families
Northfield Township Census Index for 1850 to 1910
Land records and maps
Family history files - including a growing collection of GEDCOM files
Cemetery and some early burial records
A school program was established in 1989. Developed by teachers and staffed by trained docents, the program offers a unique learning experience for students in the second, third, and fourth grades.
During a visit to the Northbrook History Museum, the children learn about the growth of the village from a quiet farming community and about daily life before running water, central heating, electricity, radio and television. Through the use of age appropriate activities this hands-on learning experience uses toys, tools, and utensils of the period to bring history to life.
The second grade students learn about the village, clothing, toys and chores familiar to children living in Shermerville at the turn of the century. The third and fourth grade program focuses on the history of Shermerville/Northbrook, its people, and the events that made it grow. Both programs include hands-on activities and a tour of the restored 1890s home in the Northbrook History Museum.
The Northbrook Historical Society is proud to host this local history program designed to complement the school curriculum. Each year over five hundred children take part in this unique learning experience.