Township Publishes “A Journey in Time” A Historical Account of New Trier Township


In celebration of New Trier Township’s 160th Anniversary, the Township has published a history booklet that spans from its origins in 1850 to the present time. Colorful printed copies are available at no charge in the Township office located at 739 Elm Street in Winnetka. The document can also be viewed online in the About Us – Our History section of the website

"This book is intended to both capture and preserve the history of the township, while highlighting the role of Township Government and how it has expanded and changed significantly over the past decades and continues to change and respond to community needs," said Jerome Hoynes, Township Clerk. 
The 36 page booklet, which includes photos from the Township’s earliest days, begins with the formation of the Township on April 17, 1850 and includes among its first official acts of business "to make regulations concerning cattle, horses, hogs, etc."  It includes accounts of how the first roads were developed and the Township’s role in the formation of New Trier Township High School. It outlines how in 1920 social service needs began to play a more important role in Township government and provides a detailed overview of programs and services that are offered today. In addition, the booklet includes chapters on: 
The project was coordinated by Clerk Hoynes; research and illustrations provided by long-time Winnetka resident Harriet Hahn; and editorial and design oversight by Communications Director Karen Spillers. In addition, assistance and photographs were provided by Ellen Shubart and the Glencoe Historical Society; Melinda Kwedar and the Kenilworth Historical Society; Patrick Leary and the Wilmette Historical Society; Patti Van Cleave and the Winnetka Historical Society; Patricia O’Keefe, former Township Communications Director; and New Trier Township High School.
About New Trier Township
New Trier Township’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources to benefit the physical, mental and social-well being of Township residents.  Established in 1850, New Trier Township government serves the 56,000 residents in the villages of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, and Glencoe, plus portions of Glenview and Northfield. The Township Office is located at 739 Elm Street in Winnetka or online at


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