The Lemont Area Historical Society offers a number of planned tours. In addition, we are happy to provide group tours. Click on the links below for more information about the available tours.
Museum Tour of the Buildings and Exhibiting Areas
Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Lemont
Walking Tour of the Heritage Quarries and the I&M Canal
Group tours can also be scheduled outside of regular museum hours.
Tour Fees and Request Form
Phone the museum at 630-257-2972 to ask for information on group tours.
Museum staff will work with teachers to provide information to supplement specific curriculum needs.
Tour guides are trained to give tours to all age groups (minimum age is 2nd grade).
The Museum Tour can be combined with the Downtown Walking Tour.
MEET OUR GUIDES
Gail August moved to Lemont in 1972 and became involved with the Historical Society in the late 1980’s. Over the years she has been a board member and officer of the society. In the late 1990’s, she helped the society develop the museum tour and the downtown Lemont walking tour and became the Group Tour Coordinator. Gail helped with the research and layout of the Historic Churches of Lemont Tour that premiered in 2007 and the Quarry and Illinois and Michigan Canal walking tour that premiered in 2010. She enjoys learning about the history of small towns and is proud of Lemont’s history and it’s part in the growth of Illinois and the nation. Gail thinks it is important for young people and residents to learn the history of their town and is glad to share her knowledge with others, including visitors who wish to learn about Lemont’s past.
Susan is a lifelong resident of Lemont tracing her family history back to circa 1860. Her great grandfather served in the Civil War registering in Lemont Township. She has worked as Museum Coordinator, staff, bookkeeper, and tour guide for over 10 years, as well as volunteering for many committees and events for both the LAHS and the community of Lemont. She enjoys sharing local history and anecdotes with visitors and learning about the people she meets. She loves writing and she's Irish!
Rich has been doing quarry and trail tours for many years in and around Lemont. He is very familiar with the Heritage Quarries area and Waterfall Gen in nearby DuPage County. He enjoys walking and used to run the trails in Waterfall Glen when he worked for Argonne National Lab, from which he is retired. He is also past president of the Lemont Area Historical Society and a photographer.
Doris is a retired nurse who enjoys volunteering with the historical society and likes to walk. She walks nearly every day and is able to lead the longer quarry trail walk all around the quarries in Lemont. She also volunteers for her church and recently returned from a trip to Kenya where they did a lot of needed health care and vaccinations. You can see more about her on her Facebook page. She is active in the Red Hats group of Lemont, which is mostly retired nurses.