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
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.