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Tour Guide Gail AugustGail August

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.


Tour Guide Susan DonahueSusan Donahue

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!


Tour Guide Wally KosWally Kos

Wally is a retired civil engineer and a Lemont resident since 1981. He is married with three children and enjoys golf, camping and hiking. He is in great shape! Although new to our trails, he is learning rapidly.


Tour Guide Rich LeeRich Lee

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.


Tour Guide Doris PetermanDoris Peterman

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.


Tour Guide George ScheelGeorge Scheel

George is a life-long Lemont resident and will be 76 this year. He retired from ComEd after 37 years of work. He enjoys walking and golf and knows the area very well. He knows the wildlife in the area, especially the birds. He was a friend of Lee Anderson, from whom he learned the history of the quarries.


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