2015 Calendar of Events
Events are held at the Museum unless otherwise noted.
More details will be added as they become available.
March 26 7 – 8:30 pm, Gail Borden Library Meadows Community rooms A & B
Music of the 1920’s Presented by David J. Nelson
Join pianist David J. Nelson for a musical journey down memory lane as he performs music from the 1920s. David has performed with the Elgin Civic Symphony, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and Elgin Choral Union. Please register.
April 12, 2:00 P.M.
The Berlin Airlift with Annette Isaacs
Annette Isaacs, professor and native of Germany, will look at the events of the Berlin Airlift which delivered supplies to hungry Berliners June 1948–spring 1949.
April 15 1 – 2:30 pm, Gail Borden Library, Meadows Community Rooms A&B
Music of the 1930’s Presentedby David J. Nelson
Join pianist David J. Nelson for a musical journey down memory lane as he performs music from the 1930’s. David has performed with the Elgin Civic Symphony, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and Elgin Choral Union. Please register.
April 26, 3:00 p.m.: New documentary, Project 2-3-1 Elgin’s African-American History
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
Our newest documentary will premiere free of charge. The public is invited. Commentary and discussion will take place after the film for those interested.
May 3, 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.: Elgin History Fair. Free admission
May 6, 7:00 p.m. at Gail Borden Public Library:
Barry Baumann speaks about “The Conservation of Paintings: Historical and Technical Discoveries.”
May 11, 7:00 p.m. at Gail Borden Public Library
Steve Stroud will give a talk about bungalows.
May 13, 7:00 p.m.: “What Were They Thinking: Aberrations in Architecture”
with Rebecca Hunter
May 14, 6:00 p.m. A Walk in the Park with Steve Stroud.
Meet at Channing School parking lot
May 17, 2:00 p.m. The Ups and Downs of Dining a la Downton $25.00, includes High Tea
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:
Mmeet at Hickory Stick restaurant, east parking lot, Elgin Sports Complex.
May 25, 11:00 a.m. Bluff City Cemetery Memorial Day ceremonies
May 26, 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 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 31, 3:00 p.m. at Gail Borden Public Library
Fireside chat about Elgin’s past with historians Mike Alft and Jerry Turnquist
June 18, 12:00 noon: Brown Bag Lunch
The Underground Railroad with Marge Edwards
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.