2013 Calendar of Events
Events are held at the Museum unless otherwise noted.
Now Through June 2013: "The Jewish Experience in Elgin" Exhibit at Congregation Kneseth Israel
Weekdays 9:00 to 3:00, or call for week-end hours, 847-742-5656, before visiting. www.ckielgin.org
This exhibit from the Elgin Area Historical Society focuses on a century of the Jewish experience in Elgin, Illinois. Starting with the arrival of the Adler brothers in the 1850s, it portrays a significant story of struggle and achievement culminating a century later with the building of a new synagogue, the consecration of a Jewish cemetery, and the valued participation of Jewish individuals in all aspects of Elgin’s life. This exhibit won a Mayor's Preservation Award and will be on display at Congregation Kneseth Israel, 330 Division, Elgin, until May 2013.
June 8: Day Trip (members only), Kline Creek Farm, Winfield. Carpool; leave Museum at 9:00 a.m.
June 20, 12 Noon: Brown Bag Lunch—Elgin Mental Health Center
Bill Briska will give a talk on the history of the Elgin Mental Health Center. Bring your lunch; beverages and dessert provided.
June 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Motorcycle Racing in Elgin, at the Museum
2013 is the 100th anniversary of the first national motorcycle race in the country—and it happened right here in Elgin, Illinois. John Arcand and Bill Moring will present a history of the 1913 Elgin race and motorcycle racing in general, with examples of vintage bikes, images, and other collection material. Don’t miss this!
July 18, 12 Noon: Brown Bag Lunch—Elgin in the 1930s
Jerry Turnquist discusses Elgin in the 1930s. Bring your lunch; beverages and dessert provided.
July 28, 10:30-3:00 p.m.: Antique Car Show
An exhibition of restored Thunderbirds and Model Ts will be on display in the Museum parking lot. Live music by rockin’ country band Rural Route One. Refreshments provided!
August 15, 12 Noon: Brown Bag Lunch—American Flyer Model Railroads
Ken Flaks will give a presentation on these popular model railroads. Bring your lunch; beverages and dessert provided.
August 25: Illinois, Gateway to the American West with Rick Pickren
Details to be announced.
September 22, 11-3:30 p.m.: 26th Annual Cemetery Walk Bluff City Cemetery
October 13, 1-3 p.m.: General Meeting
Program about Thanksgiving with Penelope Bingham
November 9, 6-10 p.m.: Annual Benefit/ Silent Auction/General Meeting
Brian Ellis will present a program on Civil War: Steamboatin’. Advance tickets required. Details wo be announced.
December 7, 1-3 p.m.: Holiday Tea
We will celebrate an Old-Fashioned Christmas with Rochelle Pennington. Refreshments provided.
Thank You to our 2012 Cemetery Walk Sponsors!
Many thanks to the following individuals and companies who sponsored the 2012 Walk. Please patronize local businesses that support the Elgin Area Historical Society.
Wait-Ross-Allanson Funeral Home
51 Center St, Elgin IL 60120 847-742-2100
Laird Funeral Home
St. Charles Memorial Works, Inc.
City of Elgin
The Razor's Edge
55 Douglas Ave., Elgin IL
Gilded-Lily Historical Finishes
Luis and Judith Cabrera
State Street Market Shops
701 N. State St., Elgin IL
Fast-teks On-Site Computer Service
Elgin Public House
219 E. Chicago St.
Elgin IL 60120
A to Z Rentals
720 East Chicago St.
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.