Upcoming Events

College of DuPage September 10 and 17, 10 a.m.
I'm giving a two-day class on the Sears Homes of Chicagoland. 

The first day is a fun two-hour classroom session where you will learn how to identify and authenticate a Sears home, and what makes them historically important. The second day features a two-mile walk through the neighborhoods of Glen Ellyn to see Sears houses in the wild! (Rain date for the walk is September 24.)

College of DuPage 
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn
(630) 942-7730 to register

Highland Park Historical Society October 14, 7 p.m.
The Highland Park Historical Society presents Sears Homes of Chicagoland with me! Learn about the Sears homes still standing in Highland Park and neighboring communities, and how to identify them.   

Highland Park Public Library
494 Laurel Ave
Highland Park
Free! Register at (847) 432-7090

Clarendon Hills Historical Society November 16, TBA
Details TBA

Glen Ellyn Historical Society January 18, 2 p.m.
Details TBA

Invite Lara to speak to your group!
If you'd like me to speak to your group, organization, or class, please email your request to me at Lara@sears-homes.com.

I often run walking tours and bus tours of various communities, so please check back here often for information on events available to the general public.

Recent Speaking Engagements
  • College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn
  • Oakton Community College, Skokie
  • McHenry County College, Crystal Lake
  • Waubonsee Community College, Aurora
  • Glen Ellyn Historical Society
  • Downers Grove Historical Society
  • Rotary Club of Lombard
  • The Little White School Museum, Oswego
  • Northwest Chicago Historical Society
  • Wheeling Township, Arlington Heights
  • Historical Society of Island Lake 
  • Allied Arts, Arlington Heights
  • Sun City, Huntley
  • Bernard Weinger JCC, Northbrook
  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, McHenry

Quotes from Past Participants

Here's what people have said about my presentations:
  • "Your talk was spectacular. I've been to some Sears talks before, but none of them hold a candle to yours. "
  • "Many thanks for, once again, presenting an outstanding program on Sears Homes of ChicagolandIt’s obvious you are well versed on the subject and that you have a passion to share your love of these homes."
  • "Your lecture was wonderful. You are to be commended on all your research."
  • "What a great program!  Both my husband and I really enjoyed it."
  • "We enjoyed your presentation; you have done a lot of research and it shows."

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