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2014 Calendar of Events
Events are held at the Museum unless otherwise noted.

Join us for our upcoming programs listed below. Check back again for more details as they become available.

April 13, 2 p.m
Regretting Mr. Wright: Mamah Tells Her Own Story presented by Elizabeth Carlson Free Admission for Members, $3 Guests

Mamah Borthwick Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright fell in love. They were both married to other people and had eight children to care for between them. Flaunting all social mores of their time and abandoning their obligations, they ran off together. They spent time in Europe and then later settled in Wisconsin where Mr. Wright built Taliesin for Mamah. While Mr. Wright could depend on society to forgive a man's indiscretions; especially if it also viewed him as genius, Mamah was expected to behave in a carefully prescribed manner.When she did not, she was outcast. She lived what was left of her short life as the female head of household at Taliesin where she died, tragically, in 1914. Mamah returns to our world in this presentation to tell her own story.

April 27, 12-3 p.m.
Elgin History Fair, Free Admission for All Ages!

Family and friends are invited to enjoy an afternoon in Elgin of long ago. Parent/Child activities include making better butter, grinding field corn, building a cobblestone house, washing monkey socks! This year will include special information and activities on the Civil War in conjunction with the Gail Borden Library Lincoln exhibit. Rain or shine.

May 15, 12 Noon
History of Tupperware!
Free Admission for Members, $3 Guests
International Museum Day and Brown Bag Lunch Lecture

Collector Linda Rock discusses the development of Tupperware with examples from her fascinating collection.

May 16, 6:00 P.M.
Channing Park Walk

Join Steve Stroud as he leads a tour of Channing Park, formerly the Elgin city cemetery. Learn about why some but not all bodies were moved to Bluff City Cemetery. Wear comfortable shoes

May 22, 7:00 P.M.: Bungalow Rally details TBD

June 19, 12 Noon:
Brown Bag Lunch: Dennis Roxworthy discusses Toy Collecting

July 17, 12 Noon
Brown Bag Lunch with Jerry Turnquist

August 21, 12 Noon
Brown Bag Lunch: History of St. Joseph Hospital

September 28: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cemetery Walk, Bluff City Cemetery

October 12, 2 p.m.
Abolition/African American History

November 8, 6 p.m.
Annual Benefit/Silent Auction/General Meeting at Elgin History Museum
“Mr & Mrs Lincoln”
$35 Members/$45 Non-Members, advance tickets required.

December 6, 1-3 p.m.
Holiday Tea, featuring Elgin Opera singers

Thank You to our 2013 Cemetery Walk Sponsors!

Many thanks to the following individuals and companies who sponsored the 2013 Walk. Please patronize local businesses that support the Elgin Area Historical Society.



Ralph Helm, Inc.

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

Wait-Ross-Allanson Funeral Home
51 Center St, Elgin IL 60120 847-742-2100

Laird Funeral Home

St. Charles Memorial Works, Inc.

EFS Foundation

City of Elgin


Friends of the Lords Park Zoo

In The Neighborhood Deli
185 N. Edison Ave, Elgin, IL 60123


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

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

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

To have one of our historical speakers entertain at your event, check our Speakers Bureau program.