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12pm Brown Bag Lunch with Jerry Turnquist – Miss Elgin of 1925

August 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

When the first Miss Elgin pageant debuted in 1925 its groundbreaking bathing suit competition was labeled “demoralizing” and “debasing” by some. Despite the criticism, the contest drew more than 5,000 attendees. Join Elgin historian Jerry Turnquist as he shares photos of the contest and re-tells the story of the event, including the winner’s ultimate advancement to the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in person and on Zoom! The video will be posted to our YouTube channel.



August 19, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT


Elgin History Museum
360 Park St
Elgin, Illinois
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