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Museum GALA with Martina Mathisen presenting Chicago in the Roaring 20’s.

Museum Gala Fundraiser - It's going to be a roaring good time! Saturday, April 20 from 5:30pm - 10pm Holiday Inn, 495 Airport Road, Elgin $75 for members, $90 for guests. Enjoy dinner, drinks and entertainment all while supporting the Museum. Cocktail reception, cash bar, Waldorf-Astoria inspired buffet menu, and a silent auction. Live auction […]


Senior Health & Wellness Fair at Elgin Community College

Elgin Community College 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL, United States

The Museum will have a table set up at the first Senior Health & Wellness Fair taking place Friday, April 26 from 10am-2pm at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Building E. The Fair combines the efforts of four partners: Elgin Community College, Kane Senior Council, Association for Individual Development and the Age-Friendly initiative of […]

From Pulp to Precision: Layering in Paper — Art Exhibition by Steve Kroiss

Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House 302 W. Chicago, Elgin, IL, United States

Elgin artist Steve Kroiss creates paper sculptures with a strong architectural influence. Each piece is designed layer by layer, then cut and assembled accordingly. Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House,  302 W. Chicago St. On view from May 10 - August 15, 2024.

Hilltop Cemetery Tour with Bill Briska

Hilltop Cemetery 875 Sports Way, Elgin, IL, United States

Tucked into the Elgin Sports Complex is the burying ground for the old Elgin State Hospital. Join us to learn more about the Elgin State Hospital and why this cemetery is located here. It is the final resting place for 974 individuals for whom other burial arrangements could not be made. Elgin historian Bill Briska […]

Museum Quiz Crawl

Four great Elgin institutions will be open simultaneously, to visit in any order you like! The participants are Elgin Public Museum of Natural History & Anthropology, Elgin History Museum, Elgin Fire Barn No. 5 Museum, and the U-46 Planetarium. More details to come!

Brown Bag Lunch: A Day in the Life of a Watch Factory Worker with Bill Briska and Rebecca Miller

Elgin History Museum 360 Park St, Elgin, IL, United States

Elgin historian Bill Briska and Museum Educator Rebecca Miller will take you back in time to an earlier Elgin where everyone walked to work, had lunch at noon, and enjoyed the same payday. Register What was it like to work at the Elgin National Watch Company in Elgin? Factory life was very regimented and manufacturing […]