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Lockport Area Genealogical
& Historical Society

Preserving the past is our 'present' to the future!

Who We Are

Our mission is to bring the people of the Lockport, IL area together to preserve and share our family histories and our local heritage.
"Preserving the past is our present to the future."

The Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society is a volunteer staffed, 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in January 2002.

In 2000, lifelong resident of Lockport, Dr. Reno G. Caneva, noticed a sign on the new stone entrance to the parking lot at the South Public Landing: "Lockport, an I & M Canal Town, 1830." Calculating that the 175th Anniversary of the area's first settler loomed not too far in the distant future, Reno called friends with an idea about how to commemorate the date. Reno proposed that an anniversary book be produced. Informal meetings eventually developed into a formal society of individuals with bylaws and articles of incorporation as a not-for-profit organization. The Society's Mission Statement has evolved to include the collection, preservation and sharing of the family histories and local heritage of the Lockport area.

To collect, preserve, and make accessible relevant information on the Lockport area.
The Archive committee is comprised of the Archivist, Genealogist, Historian, and Librarian. The committee and its volunteers conduct oral histories and catalogue family genealogies and local history.

To promote an interest in the genealogy and history of the Lockport area.
The Membership's Outreach Committee and volunteers share local history and genealogy at Old Canal Days.

To publish a Society newsletter and to issue other publications related to genealogy and history.
The Society publishes at least 10 newsletters each year.

To foster high standards of research and professional ethics.
All officers and directors observe ethics, standards, and practices as set forth in the LAGHS Society Management Handbook.

To work in cooperation with other organizations for the furtherance of these stated objectives.
The Society maintains the following: reciprocal newsletter exchanges; joint event participation; memberships in the Lockport Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, Illinois State Genealogical Society, Illinois State Historical Society, and Illinois Association of Museums. LAGHS special interest is Dellwood Park and the preservation its history as a famous amusement park of the early 1900s.

Meetings of the general membership are held at least 10 months out of the year, usually at the White Oak Library Lockport Branch. Members and the general public are invited to attend our meetings, programs and outings. The heart of each get-together is our Share & Tell session when everyone has a chance to share memories and memorabilia. Some meetings are held, courtesy of the Lockport Township Park District, at the Gladys Fox Museum located at the SW corner of 9th and Washington streets.

The newsletter is published and mailed to members at least 10 months out of the year.

LAGHS Executive Board – June 2023
President-Marty Timm
Vice President-Gary Ward
Correspondence Secretary-Ron Lif
Recording Secretary-Laura Gillogly
Treasurer-Ann Lopez-Caneva
Archivist-John Johnson
Genealogist-Paul Burandt
Historian-Brian Boland

- Tina Keller
- Donna Likar
- Meredith Morris
- Marc Worst