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Elgin Watch Factory: A Worker’s Life

Gail Borden Public Library 270 North Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL

Factory life was very regimented and manufacturing watches was an exacting job. 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. Please register.

Elgin History Museum Scavenger Hunt Fun-raiser!

Elgin History Museum 360 Park St, Elgin, Illinois

June 10, 2023 from 6:30 - 8:30pm Gather a team of friends to solve clues and complete tasks in beautiful Downtown Elgin! You might discover buildings or landmarks you didn't even know were there. Start at the Elgin History Museum for your mission - you have 1 1/2 hours to find 8 out of 15 …

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12pm Brown Bag Lunch: Elgin Advertising with Linda Rock

FREE for Members / $5 for Guests Linda Rock will explore vintage promo items used by Elgin businesses at the turn-of-the-century through the mid 50s. Along with the history of the business, she will dive into the creative and strategic ways these items were used by Elgin businesses to attract and retain customers. Bring your …

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Juneteenth Celebration

Get ready for a day full of fun, family, and festivities! The African-American Coalition of Kane County is thrilled to announce our 2023 Juneteenth Celebration, taking place on Saturday, June 17th, at Festival Park in charming downtown Elgin. This year's event promises to be the biggest and best celebration of freedom and African-American culture yet, …

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Classic Car Show at Elgin History Museum

In person event / FREE This event has been a Museum favorite since 2012 and it keeps growing every year! It is co-sponsored by Chicagoland Thunderbird Club. Many types of classic cars are featured on the front lawn and spill out onto Park Street! The Museum Store will have select merchandise offered at deep discounts. …

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1pm – 3pm at Lords Park Zoo: Off to the Elgin Road Races!

Thousands of people used to visit Elgin to see the automobile races. Come learn about how these brave drivers raced their cars down Elgin streets and on nearby country roads. We'll race model cars; will yours be fast enough to win the trophy?