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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.


May 18, 7 p.m. at Gail Borden Public Library: Music of the 1940s with pianist David Nelson

May 19, 7:00 p.m.: Project 2-3-1 Elgin’s African-American History documentary will be shown at Gail Borden Public Library free of charge. The public is invited. Commentary and discussion will take place after the film for those interested.

To pre-order the Project 2-3-1 DVD, enter desired quantity below and click Add to Cart. Your credit card will be charged $15 for each DVD you request. You will be notified when the DVDs are ready to be picked up at the Elgin History Museum. Note: If you need the DVD to be shipped to you, a $5.00 shipping fee will be charged when the DVDs come in.

May 20, 7:00 p.m., Gail Borden Library
History of Elgin Mental Health Center with Bill Briska

May 21, 12:00 noon: Brown Bag Lunch
Elgin Women's Club with Linda Rock

May 21, 7:00 p.m., Gail Borden Public Library:
“The Ranch Comes of Age: Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Elgin” with Rebecca Hunter

May 23, 9:00 a.m. Tour of Elgin Mental Health Center Cemetery with Bill Briska:
Meet at Hickory Stick restaurant, east parking lot, Elgin Sports Complex.

May 25, 11:00 a.m. Bluff City Cemetery: Memorial Day ceremonies

May 26, 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.: Elgin Planetarium, corner of Watch and Raymond Streets: public Presentation of the Planetarium by Peggy Hernandez of school district U-46

May 28, 7:00 p.m. at Gail Borden Public Library
History of the Elgin National Watch Company with Jerry Turnquist

May 30, 7:00 p.m. at Gail Borden Public Library
Fireside Interview with Yvonne Mayes: Civil Rights in Elgin 1960s-1970s

May 31, 3:00 p.m. at Gail Borden Public Library
Fireside chat about Elgin’s past with historians Mike Alft and Jerry Turnquist

June 14, 2:00 p.m. at Gail Borden Public Library
Music of the 1950s with pianist David Nelson

June 18, 12:00 noon: Brown Bag Lunch
The Underground Railroad with Marge Edwards

June 27, 1:30 p.m. at Gail Borden Public Library
Fireside Interview with Betty Brown: Civil Rights in Elgin 1960s-1970s

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

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.