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February 2018

Armchair Generals – Demystifying the Civil War – Part 2 of the Series

February 13 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Gail Borden Library, 270 North Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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THIS EVENT IS AT THE GAIL BORDEN LIBRARY A Brown Bag Civil War and Lincoln Interest Group. Commemorate events, share insights, and talk about books or experiences. Demystifying the Civil War: Start finding answers to your Civil War questions in this two-part series. Led by Armchair General Ken Gough. Submit questions in advance to bbahl@gailborden.info.   Date: 2/13/2018 Start Time: 11:45 AM End Time: 1:15 PM Library: Main Library    Map Location: Grove Room

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Volunteer Brunch (invitation only)

February 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Elgin Museum, 360 Park St
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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A brunch thanking all of our wonderful volunteers for their hard work throughout the year -- invite only. Interested in becoming a volunteer?  Find more information here or call us 847-742-4248

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March 2018

Virtuoso: The Life of Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Elgin Museum, 360 Park St
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Clara Schumann (nee Wieck), a brilliant performer, and Robert Schumann, a gifted composer fell deeply in love.  Their marriage became one of the great, true, love stories of all time.  Clara was eternally grateful for the art that was to sustain her through a lifetime of triumph and tragedy. FREE FOR MEMBERS!  $3 for guests. Questions? Call 847-742-4248 or email us at elginhistory.org  

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Elgin American Compacts: Making Women Beautiful

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gail Borden Library, 270 North Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Free

THIS EVENT IS AT THE GAIL BORDEN LIBRARY Using her collection of Elgin American power compacts, Elgin historian Linda Rock describes the evolution of women's makeup from Egyptian times to today.  Audience voltuneers will become makeup artists and makeup models from the 1920s and 1950s.

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April 2018

Open Elgin Festival

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Discover historic Elgin by touring schools, churches, downtown office buildings, and businesses not normally open to the public.   Free admission.   For an example of buildings that have been on the tour in previous years, visit http://www.openelgin.com/

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Miss Elgin Contest of 1925

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Gail Borden Library, 270 North Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Free

THIS EVENT IS LOCATED AT THE GAIL BORDEN LIBRARY, NOT THE ELGIN HISTORY MUSEUM   Elgin historian Jerry Turnquist tells the story of the Miss Elgin Contest of 1925, sponsored by the Elgin Motor Club. The winner advanced to the Miss America pageant.   Event Type: Lectures Age Group(s): Adult, Seniors Date: 4/30/2018 Start Time: 7:00 PM End Time: 8:30 PM Library: Main Library    Map

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May 2018

Elgin Architecture

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Gail Borden Library, 270 North Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Free

THIS EVENT IS AT THE GAIL BORDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY.   Elgin historian Bill Briska gives an overview of Elgin architectural styles with local examples.   Event Type: Lectures Age Group(s): Adult, Seniors Date: 5/16/2018 Start Time: 7:00 PM End Time: 8:30 PM Library: Main Library    Map

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Research Your House in Kane County Using the Internet

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Gail Borden Library, 270 North Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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This event is at the Gail Borden Library A house is historical in relation to its location, date of construction, architectural style, architect, and ownership. House research is a fascinating combination of legal, architectural, genealogical and cartographical studies. Seeking information about the history of a house is becoming faster and easier as governmental agencies make records available on the Internet. In this hands-on seminar, you can begin to look up online information about your house. Presenter Rebecca Hunter has been…

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June 2018

Civil War Experience in Elgin: Civil War Re-enactment

June 9

Join the 9th Virginia Cavalry, Co B & McGregor's Battery, and the City of Elgin for the 2nd Annual Civil War Event, featuring live skirmishes, living history, Confederate and Union encampments, medical field operations, and baseball as it was originally played. Located at the corner of Route 31 and Route 20.  More information to come in the following months.

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Civil War Experience in Elgin: Civil War Re-enactment

June 10

Join the 9th Virginia Cavalry, Co B & McGregor's Battery, and the City of Elgin for the 2nd Annual Civil War Event, featuring live skirmishes, living history, Confederate and Union encampments, medical field operations, and baseball as it was originally played. Located at the corner of Route 31 and Route 20.  More information to come in the following months.

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