News in brief: Inauguration of a historic log home; Family Service seeks new leader; local blood drive details

Winnetka’s historic Schmidt-Burnham Log House has reopened with new exhibits and artifacts, according to a statement from the Winnetka Historical Society.

The landmark, 1140 Willow Road in Winnetka, is available to customers from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays starting October 10 and running through November 21.

According to the historical society, the log home was built in 1987 and is the oldest log structure in Cook County. It was inhabited until 2001 when it was donated to the historical society by the Burnham family in 2001.

The Schmidt family lived in the house from 1841 to 1870 and the Burnham family from 1917 to 2001. Anita Willets-Burnham is said to have bought the house for $25 in 1917 and moved it by wagon from Ridge Road to 1407 Tower Road. The historical society moved it to its current location, Crow Island Woods, in 2003, and it opened to the public in 2006.

The log house opens this Sunday, October 10 for self-guided tours. For more information, email [email protected] or call (847) 446-0001.


Bill Hansen

Bill Hansen praised for his work at Glencoe Family Service

Glencoe’s Family Service is looking for a new executive director after the resignation of Bill Hansen, who led the organization for seven years, according to a statement from the nonprofit.

Hansen, who with his family would move to North Carolina in 2022, will lead the search for his replacement, along with the Family Service executive committee.

During his tenure, Hansen has built a strong, effective and cohesive team of therapists, social workers and administrators who have lasting connections within Glencoe. The team’s dedication to the FSG mission
is why FSG has thrived over the years,” he said in the statement.

Family Service of Glencoe strives to promote a “stronger community by meeting individual and family needs through services that identify, prevent and resolve social and emotional issues”.

“All of us here at FSG are very grateful for Hansen’s leadership, as well as his compassion and commitment to the long-term success of FSG,” the statement read. As an organization, we are well positioned to continue Hansen’s legacy and to build on the foundations he laid. We’re excited to see what the future holds for FSG, and we hope you are too.

Local blood drives scheduled for this week

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a pair of community blood drives over the next week.

Kenilworth Assembly Hall, 410 Kenilworth Ave., will host the 3rd Annual R. Scott Falk Memorial Blood Drive from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 15.

Roger Scott Falk, of Winnetka, died on May 17, 2018, at the age of 55. He was an attorney for Kirkland & Ellis and spent much of his time donating his time and effort to the nonprofit community. He directed the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Northern Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross.

New Trier High School’s Northfield Campus, 7 N. Happ Road, will host a walk from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, October 11.


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