The Louis Latzer Homestead in Highland, Illinois will host the return
of "Christmas At Latzer Homestead". Each room will be beautifully
decorated with holiday decor. Each of the 13 rooms will be
decorated by society members, church groups and other Highland
Groups transforming the Homestead are Carol's Forget Me Knot Shop,
Highland Garden Club, IFBW Club, Compustitch, EVUCC Board of Christian
Education and Laurie Kurwicke. Guests will be invited to tour the
recently restored room and end their visit in the period kitchen for
cookies and wassail.
Louis Latzer is considered the father of Pet Milk. He built this
home on his original family site to accomodate his six children.
Miss Alice was the last of the children to live in the home.
Eventually the home was given to the Pet Milk Company. They then
donated the home and grounds to the Highland Historical Society in the
1970's. The Historical Society has maintained the property since
then with a variety of projects.
Come for the tour of one of Highland's historical treasures on December
5 & 6 and December 12 &13 from 1- 5 daily. Donations are
$5. Membership forms will also be available.
For more information or for large group tours call 618-654-7957.
Highland, Illinois is one of the oldest Swiss settlements in
United States. It was founded in 1831 by Swiss pioneers from
Switzerland. Led by Dr. Kasper Koepfli, the party formed the
New Switzerland on October 14, 1831. Our city has shared the
title of "Sister City"
with the town of Sursee, Switzerland, since 1976. The name
chosen in 1836 when General Joseph Semple convinced the settlers the
resembled his native homeland of Scotland.
The Highland Historical Society
proudly maintains and furthers
the legacy of Louis A. Latzer,
one of Highland's early
citizens, and the man who perfected the process of condensing milk,
milk more widely available to the masses. He is called the
The Historical Society also
maintain the Chapel at the Highland Illinois cemetery. A
membership form can be downloaded here.
Located nearly 35 miles east of
St. Louis, today Highland is
home to nearly 9,500 residents. Highland
is home to many big industries, such as the Basler
Electric Co., Cooper
B-Line, Inc., the
Company, Korte Luitjohan Contractors, Highland
Supply Corp., Highland
and one of the Wall Street Journal's nationwide network of printing
Many smaller businesses also call Highland, Illinois home. It
has a long history of being a
progressive municipality, successfully blending industry within a small
You can tour the Latzer Homestead
and the Pet Milk Museum located at 1464 Old Trenton Road in Highland by
calling 618-654-7957. Groups of
eight or more are preferred.
Tours of the Highland History Museum at 1739
Broadway are also available on the first Sunday of the month from 1 to
Highland Historical Society
P. O Box 51
Highland IL 62249
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Last update November 9, 2015