GOING PLACES: Waukegan History Museum supervisor named to State Historical Society

Above, Ty Rohrer has been appointed to the board of the Illinois State Historical Society. – Waukegan History Museum photo

by Long Hwa-shu & Tina Johansson

Ty Rohrer, supervisor of the Waukegan History Museum, has been appointed to the advisory board of the Illinois State Historical Society in Springfield.

Ty has the knowledge and the expertise to do this. – Charlotte Renehan, Grayslake Historical Society president.

“It’s an honor to be named to the board. I was nominated by Charlotte Renehan, president of the Grayslake Historical Society who is a former member of the board,” said Rohrer. His appointment was announced at the society’s annual meeting held April 23 in Springfield.

“It was my pleasure to nominate Ty for a position on the Illinois State Historical board,” said Rehenhan. “The northeast section of Illinois needs to be historically represented at the state level. Ty has the knowledge and the expertise to do this. On the flip side, he will learn what is happening with historical societies and museums in other parts of the state.”

Renehan remarked, “We need to recognize these hard-working individuals from the historical societies and museums.”

The Grayslake Historical Society president noted her respect for Rohrer has been longstanding. She has known and worked on historical issues with him since he became supervisor of the Waukegan History Museum in 2006.

The Illinois State Historical Society, founded in 1899, supports and encourages research and writing on subjects of Illinois history.

Originally from Lincoln, Illinois, Rohrer, 35, is a 1998 graduate of Lincoln Community High School. He received his bachelor’s degrees in history and anthropology in 2003 from the University of Illinois in Champaign. In 2007, he received his master’s degree in history from the University of Illinois Springfield.

As supervisor of the Waukegan History Museum, he was responsible in developing several exhibits including those of the War Efforts in Waukegan for the Civil War, the Lincoln Assassination, Ray Bradbury, Jack Benny, the African American History of Waukegan and Baseball in Waukegan.

The museum is operated jointly by the Waukegan Historical Society and the Waukegan Park District.

Rohrer lives in Waukegan with his wife Rachel who is an estimator for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. in Deerfield.

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