Welcome!

Perhaps you were born and raised in Crystal Lake.  Or perhaps you've recently moved here.  Maybe your ancestors helped settle the area.  Regardless, we welcome you to The Crystal Lake Historical Society website, and hope you will learn more about our Society and our community's rich history.


2017 "Then and Now" Calendars 


2017 Calendar Available

Crystal Lake – Then and Now
Stroll through the pages of this beautiful calendar to view vintage and current images of various Crystal Lake scenes. Some of the image locations are easily recognizable, while others have changed dramatically!

Calendars are available for $10 at: 

Proceeds benefit the Crystal Lake Historical Society


Membership Support

Memberships in the Society expire on December 31st of each calendar year.  Because of the lateness in the current year, memberships received now will be extended through the end of 2017. Click here to learn more about member benefits, rates, and payment options.

One of the most valuable benefits of membership is the Society newsletter, The Crystal Times, which is published quarterly.  An online version of Index to Names found in the newsletter is available on the Local History / Research Resources page.  A limited number of back issues to The Crystal Times are available for sale.  Please email the Society for specific requests. 

Remember, it is through the support of our members that we can continue to preserve our community's history. 

 Plan a Visit

The Crystal Lake Historical Society is located at the Colonel Palmer House, which is at the intersection of Illinois Route 176 and Terra Cotta Road in Crystal Lake. 

Summer/Fall Hours:

Tuesdays (3PM - 7PM)

Thursdays (11AM - 4PM)

Fridays (11AM - 4PM)

1st Saturday of each month (11AM - 4PM) 

If you are planning to do research, it is best to call ahead to make certain someone will be available to assist you.

Mary Ott is the Site Coordinator at Colonel Palmer House.  Email her at: palmerhouse@crystallakeparks.org or call 815/455-1151