Upcoming Events

Downers Grove Historical Society Nov 17, 1 p.m.
I'm giving a one-hour presentation about Sears homes, mainly those in the Downers Grove area. The cost is $10 for non-members. Come at 12:30 for some light refreshments beforehand!

Downers Grove Recreation Center
4500 Belmont Ave.
Downers Grove
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Waubonsee Community College April 26 and 27, 2019, 10 a.m.
I'm giving a two-day class called Hidden in Plain Sight: 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 Aurora to see Sears houses in the wild! 

Waubonsee Community College
Aurora Fox Valley Campus 
2060 Ogden Ave
https://waubonseetickets.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1389&p=1   to register

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
  • Glen Ellyn Historical Society, Glen Ellyn
  • Rotary Club of Lombard, Lombard
  • The Little White School Museum, Oswego
  • Northwest Chicago Historical Society, Chicago
  • Wheeling Township, Arlington Heights
  • Historical Society of Island Lake 
  • Allied Arts, Arlington Heights
  • Sun City, Huntley
  • ... and many other organizations!

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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