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10am Hilltop Cemetery Tour with Bill Briska

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 […]

7pm How to Cemetery Walk – Gail Borden Public Library Event

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

Presented by Rudy Galfi 7pm - 8:30pm Curious about the Elgin History Museum's famous fall event, the Cemetary Walk? Learn about its history, how you can attend or volunteer, and […]

Hats off to Elgin with Linda Rock

Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library 2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin, IL, United States

Historian Linda Rock will show her extensive hat collection, sharing interesting tidbits of Elgin history that occurred during each decade of hat fashion. Feel free to wear a vintage hat! […]

History of Historic Preservation in Elgin, IL 1980-2023

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

Architectural historian, Rebecca Hunter & Heritage Commission Chairman, John Marston, present the preservation movement from the first house tour in 1982 to the 2022 Mid-west area architectural survey. THIS EVENT […]

Memorial Day at Bluff City Cemetery

Bluff City Cemetery 945 Bluff City Boulevard, Elgin, IL, United States

11am / Live broadcast will be on WRMN Radio, 1410 AM Co-Sponsored by the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association and the City of Elgin.  www.elginmemorialday.org.

Elgin Watch Factory: A Worker’s Life

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

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 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 […]

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 […]