At Home Educational Resources

At Home Educational Resources

Even though the Museum is closed right now, you can still get your dose of Elgin history! Below are some projects you can do at home.

Elgin History, In your Pocket!
Make your own brown bag vest with a pocket watch from the Elgin National Watch Factory.
Download instructions in English.
Download instructions in Spanish.

Elgin’s A Dairy Town
Did you know Elgin was once famous for milk & butter? Over 6,000 cows lived on hundreds of farms all around Elgin. Learn how to draw a cow and get some laughs with cow jokes you can tell your friends!
Download instructions in English.
Download instructions in Spanish.
Check out the video version on YouTube in English or Spanish.

The Elgin Road Race
Can you imagine zooming around Elgin at 65 miles an hour? Download the instructions to make yourself some goggles and fasten your seatbelt to learn about this famous race!
Download instructions in English.
Download instructions in Spanish.

James T. Gifford

The Song of Elgin
Find out how Elgin got it’s name and play a memory game!
Download instructions in English.
Download instructions in Spanish.

Eat Like a Pioneer!
Make Johnnycakes from cornmeal or try some yummy Refrigerator Pickles. There is also a recipe for substitute coffee that looks VERY interesting!
Download instructions in English.
Download instructions in Spanish.

Made in Elgin: Street Sweeper
Help the street sweeper get back to the garage!
Download instructions in English.
Download instructions in Spanish.

If you have questions  please reach out to Rebecca Miller, Museum Educator. Please take photos of your creations and tag Elgin History Museum on Facebook and Instagram! Or email them to Rebecca and the Museum will create a gallery of your hard work!