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January 2020

11am – 4pm Museum Open

January 18 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm CST
Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St
Elgin, IL United States
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The Museum has seven permanent exhibits that tell the rich history of our community. Visit our Exhibits page for a brief description of each. Our entire museum is kid-friendly. Anywhere you see a red hand that is your chance to explore, to touch, to experience. Ride in our model 1910 race car decked out with helmet and safety glasses. Set up shop in Kretchmer’s grocery store – and don’t forget to wrap all the packages for the customers. Riffle through trunks of early…

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11am and 1pm Tours in Spanish / Visitas Guiadas En Español

January 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST
Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St
Elgin, IL United States
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TOURS IN SPANISH Tour the Museum and explore Elgin’s rich history with a Spanish speaking guide! There are two floors of interactive exhibits to explore. Learn about the founding of Elgin, the Watch Factory, Elgin Road Races, and products Made in Elgin. Kids are welcome! There are lots of hands on activities to explore. January 18 at 11am & 1pm February 15 at 11am & 1pm VISITAS GUIADAS EN ESPAÑOL ¡Visita el Museo y descubre la historia rica de Elgin…

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2pm-4pm (REGISTRATION FULL) Free House Research with Rebecca Hunter

January 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm CST
Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St
Elgin, IL United States
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Have you ever wondered who built your house or who lived there before you? Are you looking for inspiration to help restore your historic home? The Museum has the resources and the researchers to find out! Walk through the fascinating process of looking back in time, learn some amazing facts, and hopefully find some old photos. FREE admission to the museum with your reservation. Donations encouraged. We are full for the month of January. We will offer Free House Research…

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6:30pm Project 2-3-1 documentary showing at Gail Borden Public Library

January 31 @ 12:30 am - 2:00 am CST
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 North Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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This award-winning documentary begins with enthralling stories and photos that tell the rich history of African American life in Elgin from the Civil War "contrabands" to present day. Please register on the Gail Borden Public Library.

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February 2020

11am and 1pm Tours in Spanish / Visitas Guiadas En Español

February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST
Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St
Elgin, IL United States
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TOURS IN SPANISH Tour the Museum and explore Elgin’s rich history with a Spanish speaking guide! There are two floors of interactive exhibits to explore. Learn about the founding of Elgin, the Watch Factory, Elgin Road Races, and products Made in Elgin. Kids are welcome! There are lots of hands on activities to explore. January 18 at 11am & 1pm February 15 at 11am & 1pm VISITAS GUIADAS EN ESPAÑOL ¡Visita el Museo y descubre la historia rica de Elgin…

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2pm Kevin Wood portrays Abraham Lincoln

February 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm CST
Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St
Elgin, IL United States
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Saturday, February 16th at 2pm In 1830, the young State of Illinois was the fifth smallest in the nation by population. It was a relatively unknown and mostly undeveloped land with an uncertain future, not necessarily destined for any measure of greatness. That same year, a young man arrived in Illinois and the same could be said about him: unknown, undeveloped, an uncertain future, and not apparently destined for much. The next thirty years would see the transformation of both…

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4pm Kevin Wood portrays Abraham Lincoln. Presented in Spanish

February 16 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm CST
Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St
Elgin, IL United States
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Saturday, February 16th at 4pm In 1830, the young State of Illinois was the fifth smallest in the nation by population. It was a relatively unknown and mostly undeveloped land with an uncertain future, not necessarily destined for any measure of greatness. That same year, a young man arrived in Illinois and the same could be said about him: unknown, undeveloped, an uncertain future, and not apparently destined for much. The next thirty years would see the transformation of both…

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March 2020

Brown Bag Lunch: Death of a Colporteur

March 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St
Elgin, IL United States
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On September 18, 1885, the body of seventeen-year old Frank Charles Thiel, a Bible salesman who hailed from Elgin, was found in a hastily dug grave beneath a culvert on a country road south of Dixon, Illinois, brutally murdered.  The riveting account of the murder, Death of a Colporteur: The Story of the Murder at Bloody Gulch Road, was written by his great nephew, John C. Thiel. Copies of the book are available in the museum store. This event is…

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11am and 1pm Tours in Spanish / Visitas Guiadas En Español

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CDT
Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St
Elgin, IL United States
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TOURS IN SPANISH Tour the Museum and explore Elgin’s rich history with a Spanish speaking guide! There are two floors of interactive exhibits to explore. Learn about the founding of Elgin, the Watch Factory, Elgin Road Races, and products Made in Elgin. Kids are welcome! There are lots of hands on activities to explore. March 21 at 11am & 1pm VISITAS GUIADAS EN ESPAÑOL ¡Visita el Museo y descubre la historia rica de Elgin con un guía que habla español!…

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The Palm Sunday Tornado of 1920 with Jerry Turnquist

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St
Elgin, IL United States
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One hundred years ago this spring, Elgin’s worst natural disaster occurred when a tornado hit the city on Palm Sunday – the week before Easter. Using photos of the time, historian Jerry Turnquist will tell the story of this tragedy that killed seven people, injured scores of others, and did extensive damage to the city. This event is FREE for members / $3 for guests. Please register below:

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