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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.

July 17, 12 Noon
Brown Bag Lunch with Jerry Turnquist: The “Dry” Campaigns of a Century Ago

Armed with new state legislation that gave them the right to vote in local elections, women voted to lock the doors of the Elgin Township saloons in 1914. This change — six years before national Prohibition — followed three previous failed attempts in 1908, 1912, and 1913 to achieve the same results. The campaigns that preceded these elections and the implementation of local Prohibition that followed proved to be one of the most interesting times in Elgin history.
Members Free, $3 Guests

July 20, 10 AM to 3 PM
Car show at the Elgin History Museum

Antique Thunderbirds and other cars from the 1950s and ’60s will be on display in the Museum’s parking lot, sponsored by the Chicagoland Thunderbird Club.This year is the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustangs! Many Mustangs will be on display in front of the Museum, courtesy of Mecom Mustangs and the Model T Car Club. The Museum exhibits will be open and refreshments include an ice cream social for everyone.
Donations Accepted

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

Visit the Cemetery walk website for information about the 2014 Cemetery Walk.

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.