In February 1920, twenty-five returning veterans of World War I met in Lake Bluff Village Hall and signed a charter establishing American Legion Post 510. The Post survived for 97 years, closing in 2017 because of rapidly declining membership. At its zenith, the Post had over 60 members.
For over 90 years the Post was the driving force behind many of the community’s treasured events and activities. The 4of July Parade and carnival, Memorial and Veteran’s Day commemorations, the Ice Carnival, Tennis tournaments and youth baseball were all sponsored by the Legion. The Lake Bluff History Museum is the current repository for Post 510 artifacts, memorabilia, and numerous files relating to the Post’s history, membership over the years, minutes and community sponsored events.