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April 2017

Stories at the Museum Program

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Bring your small ones and join us at the museum on April 12 from 6-7pm. Our educator Sara Russell will create an environment for your kids where history exploration and fun begin! This program will highlight trains. Kids will get a chance to blow a train whistle, play with trains, make a watch to take home and more! Story time programs are geared for ages 3-6. These programs are in partnership with the Gail Borden Public Library.  

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Free

Elgin History Fair

April 23 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

History comes alive for the whole family! Explore history in a hands on and interactive way that will get you to think about Elgin in a whole new way! Weather permitting activities will planned both inside and outside the museum. FREE ADMISSION

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$3.00

Radio Players West Present: The Shadow and Our Miss Brooks

April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us as Radio Players West brings listeners back with bygone days of radio to present comedy and drama programs based on the original scripts from the 1930s to 1950s. The actors will present an episode of the classic drama The Shadow as well as the comedy of Our Miss Brooks. Relive or experience for the first time the magic of old time radio with sound effects and original music! Light refreshments will be served. Non-members $3.

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May 2017

Candlelight Museum Tours

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Walk through the museum by candlelight on May 12 from 7-10pm. Learn quick and interesting facts about the people, places and things of Elgin history during a 45 minute tour! The prices per ticket are $10 per person. Light refreshments and food will be available.

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Free

Brown Bag Lunch: History of Route 20

May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bryan Farr founded the Historic US Route 20 Association in 2012 and has been actively working with local towns and communities in a grass roots effort to designate 20 as a Historic Highway.  This presentation will tell the history of why the road became Route 20 – starting as a Native American path all the way to the railroads and westward expansion. Bring your lunch. Drinks and dessert provided. FREE admission!

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Free

Hillside Cemetery Tour

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Hillside Cemetery, 875 Sports Way
Elgin, IL 60123 United States
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There is a small hidden cemetery that was used by the Elgin State Hospital for 50 years on Elgin’s west side. Tour Hillside Cemetery with Elgin Mental Health Center historian Bill Briska. FREE Admission.  Saturday, May 20, 10 am. Please meet at the Grumpy Goat Tavern parking lot on Sportsway Drive.

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$5

Civil War Walk hosted by Near West Side Neighborhood Association

May 21 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nancy Kimball House, 302 W. Chicago
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Do you know all about Elgin's Civil War history? Learn all about Elgin connections as you take a guided walk on Elgin's west side. The walk will start at the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House, 302 West Chicago Street. $5 suggested donation. This walk is being hosted by the Near West Side Neighborhood Association.

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Free

Lords Park Zoo History

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 Thursday, May 25, 7 pm Bear, bison, elk, and even a lion are part of Elgin’s oldest and largest park’s history. Lord’s Park, donated by George and Mary Lord, has a special place in the lives and memories of many Elgin citizens. Over the last 3 summers over 30,000 people have come to enjoy the amenities of the Zoo and make new memories. Join the Friends of the Lords Park Zoo as they share information about the Zoo’s beginnings, how…

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June 2017
$3.00

1933 Elgin Road Race

June 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ed Wesemann was at the 1933 Elgin Road Race! He will give us his memories of that day and show some of his collection of souvenirs.  Light refreshments. Non-members: $3 / Members: Free  

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$3.00

Brown Bag Lunch: Sears Art Gallery

June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sears Gallery, Elgin Academy Campus
Elgin, IL
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David Nelson and Ann Chipman give a history of the incredible 1924 Sears Art Gallery on the campus of Elgin Academy. Tour of the building after the lecture. This program will be held in the Sears Art Gallery on the Elgin Academy campus. Non-members $3. Refreshments will be served.

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