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September 2018

9am – 4pm Historic Elgin House Tour

September 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Each year, the Gifford Park Association presents the Historic Elgin House Tour in a different neighborhood. This year seven houses in the Spring Street/Douglas Avenue Historic District, also known as "The Gold Coast" will be featured. Visit historicelginhousetour.com for all the details.

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7pm Book signing with pianist David Nelson

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St
Elgin, IL United States
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Join David Nelson as he shares his new book covering his vast musical career as a musician, teacher and pianist. It's a fascinating look into Elgin's rich musical history.

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11am – 4pm Museum Open

September 12 @ 11:00 am - September 15 @ 4:00 pm
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…

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12pm – Brown Bag Lunch: History of the Telegraph with John Hora

September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St
Elgin, IL United States
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Elgin resident John Hora, will speak about the history of the telegraph system in the 19th century and of the effect it had on society, commerce, and industry worldwide. He will also be displaying a number of actual telegraph devices dating from the Civil War to the turn of the century.

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5pm – 8pm Dairies to Prairies Screening

September 15 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gray Willows Farm, 5N949 Corron Road
Campton Township, IL 60175 United States
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Please join us for a screening of the Dairies to Prairies documentary hosted by Corron Farm Preservation Society + Campton Township. The viewing will be held at Gray Willows Farm, 5N949 Corron Road, Campton Township, IL 60175. There will be wagon rides, tours and light refreshments served. Please RSVP to museum@elginhistory.org.

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11am – 4pm Museum Open

September 19 @ 11:00 am - September 22 @ 4:00 pm
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…

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7pm – 8:30pm Book discussion on The Radium Girls by Kate Moore at the Gail Borden Library

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 North Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Join fellow readers to discuss The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. Grove Room at the Main Library. THIS EVENT IS AT THE GAIL BORDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY, NOT THE MUSEUM.

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9am Heritage Marker Dedication at Bluff City Cemetery

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Boulevard
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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This marker commemorates the lives and service of Generals John Shuler Wilcox and William Lynch, veterans of the Civil War and revered Elginites. Join us for a brief program with the City of Elgin and the Elgin Area Historical Society, followed by the unveiling of the marker. Please RSVP to to (847) 888-8329 or iwcr@hanover-township.org. PLEASE NOTE: This event is being held at BLUFF CITY CEMETERY, NOT at the Museum

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11am – 3pm Elgin Fire Barn #5 Museum Open House

September 22 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Elgin Fire Barn #5, 533 Saint Charles Street
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Come have fun at the Elgin Fire Barn #5 Museum's Open House. 533 St. Charles Street in Elgin. Featuring: Elgin Fire Department, Elgin Police Department, local area fire departments, local vendors, Elgin Museums, food, truck rides.

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11am – 3pm Cemetery Walk at Bluff City Cemetery

September 23 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Boulevard
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Visitors are taken on a 90 minute guided tour through the scenic Bluff City Cemetery to grave sites of former residents, portrayed by actors in period costumes. Visitors will also learn about fascinating lives and various cemetery symbolism all while strolling the expansive cemetery grounds. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 on the day of the event ($10 for Elgin History Museum members and seniors 65+). Children 12 and under are FREE. For more information, to buy tickets and…

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