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2015 Calendar of Events
Events are held at the Museum unless otherwise noted.

More details will be added as they become available.


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July 9, 7:00 pm Through The Woods

Elgin native, John Thiel, author of the new Museum book, Through The Woods, will discuss the history of the Elgin-based No-Pi-Ming outdoor club. At the end of the 19th century many Americans started looking for a return to nature as a respite from urban life. This is the story of a group of Elgin businessmen who traveled to the North Woods of Hayward, WI to buy land for a hunting and fishing camp. Only a handful of these clubs remain today with the No-Pi-Ming Association achieving its 90th anniversary in 2015. Members Free!

July 16th, 12:00 pm Brown Bag Lunch: Glimpses of Old Elgin

Jerry Turnquist, local historian, will reveal Elgin’s early history using the memories of Charles Gregory, a writer of the newspaper column “Do You Remember” written in the 1920s. The talk will end with a compiled “Do You Remember” moments of Elgin from the 1940s-1970s. Members: Free / Non-Members: $3

July 19 10:00 a.m–3:00 p.m. Antique and Vintage Car Show at the Museum

July 19, 2:00 pm at Gail Borden Library: Music of the 1960s played by David Nelson

Pianist David Nelson performs popular songs of the 1960s with commentary on significant historical markers of the decade.

August 20, 12:00 noon: Brown Bag Lunch Toy Soldiers with Don Pielin

Sept. 27, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Cemetery Walk at Bluff City Cemetery

Oct 11, 2:00 p.m. Spirit of Motown with Jesse Sandoval

November 7, 6:00–10:00 p.m. Annual Benefit/Silent Auction/General Meeting $40 Members/$50 Non-Members, advance tickets required.

The Benefit will feature Terry Lynch as famed Chicago planner and architect Daniel Burnham, the main force behind the 1893 Columbian Exposition and the lakefront plan for the City of Chicago. Appetizer refreshments, silent auction and cash bar.

December 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m.: Holiday Tea Marshall Fields History featuring Leslie Goddard FREE Admission

Learn about Christmas at Marshall Fields and the store’s history. Enjoy Old Main dressed up for Christmas. Delicious holiday treats, punch, and tea will be served.

Thank You to our 2014 Cemetery Walk Sponsors!

Many thanks to the following individuals and companies who sponsored the 2014 Walk. Please patronize local businesses that support the Elgin Area Historical Society.

Event Sponsor: Associated Bank


Dan and Karen Fox

Wait-Ross-Allanson Funeral Home and Laird Funeral Home

Madison Funeral Home

O'Connor-Leetz Funeral Home 847-741-1400

Roxworthy Enterprises 847-622-8534
and Chad Roxworthy Painting 847-544-1164



Elgin Public House
219 E. Chicago St.
Elgin IL 60120

Guilded-Lily Historical Finishes


Ralph Helm, Inc.
Outdoor Power Equipment and Parts
Serving the Fox Valley since 1923. Two locations: Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL.

State Street Market Shops
701 N. State St., Elgin IL

Though every effort is made to ensure this calendar is accurate, scheduled events and programs may change due to unforeseen circumstances.