Tuesday, September 30, 2014



A Difficult Year for Honeybees
Written by Robin Forde for the Summer 2014 Issue of Wagner Tales

The honey bee is a prehistoric miracle, developed in concert with the equally ancient flower upon which she depends and serves. Those seemingly frivolous petals and that tiny creature, each fluttering and tossed by the gentlest breeze seem so fragile, but their mutual attraction weaves the world as we know it together.

Monday, September 15, 2014



Q&A With the Farmers’ Market Manager
Featured in the Summer issue of Wagner Tales; reprinted with permission from the Glenview Lantern, written by Roxanne Jungé

As the farmers’ market manager, I am approached every week by curious customers.  It’s one of my greatest joys to answer these questions.  I’m a teacher by profession, and so each question gives me an opportunity to convey a little more of the mission behind the good food on the tables.

Monday, September 8, 2014



News from the Classroom
Written by Sarah Hagye for the Summer 2014 issue of Wagner Tales.

“If I could be camp every day that would be my definition of heaven.”

Summer - or what we in the museum business like to call it, summer camp season. How many of you remember your summer camp experiences? For some, it meant leaving home for weeks at a time, being thrust into a group of new kids, sleeping under tents, and waking up to morning dew covering your sleeping bags. For others, it was a summer spent at day camp playing Capture the Flag, going swimming, and visiting other museums and theme parks on field trip days. And then there are the numerous neighborhood backyard camps, sports camps, theatre camps, even computer camps! Here at Historic Wagner Farm, our kids experience farm camp.

Monday, August 25, 2014



Dear friends and farmers,

As you know, Historic Wagner Farm stands as one of the few remaining farms in north suburban Cook County, Illinois. Though it's hard to imagine what the area looked like more than a hundred years ago, the Farm represents a large piece of Glenview's history. The Farm wasn't always 18.6 acres of land, surrounded by suburban homes and major roadways.

Monday, August 18, 2014



From the Archives: The Story of How a Farm was Saved
Written by Beth Willwerth, March 2008, for Wagner Tales

The year of 2008 marks the 10th anniversary of the referendum in which Glenview voters approved a tax increase for the purpose of purchasing land for its park district. The district wished to acquire 35 acres for sports fields and an additional 20 acres of an old farmstead. In 1967, the park district had launched a campaign to attain this same farm and replace it with a swimming pool, ball fields, tennis courts and an ice rink. However, a determined farmer along with a group of locals referring to themselves as the "Save the Wagner Homestead Committee" helped defeat the bond issue by a 3 to 1 margin. Ironically, years later, another local group "Citizens Organized for Wagners" (C.O.W.S.) worked tirelessly with the park district to once again make an attempt to acquire this land. However, this time the park district wished to keep the farm intact.