Glen Ellyn

Historical Society

+1.630.469.1867

The History Center  800 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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GEHS Member Appreciation Day at Stacy's Corners Store

Saturday, April 21  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Members of the Glen Ellyn Historical Society are given two special days to shop each year, with a 25% discount off most merchandise in our gift shop. (A few exceptions apply.) Not a member yet? You can join that day and still receive the discount!


​Rachel Carson: The Woman Who Launched the Environmental Movement portrayed by Leslie Goddard

Saturday, April 21    2:00 p.m.

Biologist and author Rachel Carson warned the world of the potentially dire environmental impact of chemical pesticides in her best-selling 1962 book, Silent Spring. In this brand-new living-history program, set in 1963, actress and historian Leslie Goddard portrays Carson as she discusses her childhood love for the living world, her passion for writing, and her work to awaken the world to the beauty and fragility of nature. Refreshments Served. $10 Adults, $8 GEHS Members, $5 Students 18 and under


Adade Wheeler: Remembering Adade, Historian of Women

A Book Release Celebration featuring author Lynda Hoornbeek

​Saturday, April 28  Open House 1:30 - 3 p.m. with Presentation by Author at 2 p.m.

Please join us for a book release celebration and book signing featuring Lynda Hoornbeek, the author of the newest publication from the Glen Ellyn Historical Society, about College of DuPage professor and local resident Adade Wheeler. Lynda will provide a brief presentation about Adade at 2 p.m. About the book, Peggy Connolly, College of DuPage Board President (1989-1995) said: “Remembering Adade, Historian of Women honors Adade Wheeler, a College of DuPage professor and one of Illinois’s most highly respected feminists and women’s rights advocates. Information about Adade Wheeler is scarce, and Lynda Hoornbeek spent years searching out and perusing primary source documents to reveal the courage and commitment of this remarkable woman. Hoornbeek’s scholarship ensures that Adade Wheeler and her inspirational legacy will be remembered and honored.” Refreshments served. Free! 
 

​Story Time with Aunt Tillie

Tuesday, May 1   10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Come join Aunt Tillie (Dr. Maria Bakalis from Curtain Up Classroom) for a wonderful story time. Story Time is geared to 2 - 5 year-olds, but everyone young at heart is welcome. Caregivers are asked to stay with their children for this special story and activity time. Free! No reservations required -- just come!


GEHS Book Discussion Group: I Married the Klondike

Thursday, May 3   10:00 a.m.

I Married the Klondike is a memoir by Laura Beatrice Berton. In 1907, Laura Beatrice Berton, a twenty-nine-year-old kindergarten teacher, left her comfortable life in Toronto to teach in a rough Yukon mining town.   She quickly discovered why the town was nicknamed the "Paris of the North,” and fell in love with Dawson City. While thousands of people left the Klondike each October on the "last boat out" and the city slowly decayed around her, the author remained true to her northern home. Humorous, poignant and filled with stories of both drudgery and decadence, I Married the Klondike is a classic and enduring memoir by a brave and intelligent woman. Free! Everyone welcome!


Volunteer Information Session for Stacy's Tavern Museum

Saturday, May 5   10 - 11:30 a.m.

Would you like to learn about being a docent at the museum?
Come to a free session to learn more about the museum and what being a volunteer tour guide entails. The session will be held at the museum at 557 Geneva Rd. You aren't making a commitment if you come -- it's just a chance to learn more! Please R.S.V.P. if you would like to attend to 630-469-1867 or email director@gehs.org. Can't attend but would like to learn more? Contact us so we can arrange another time.


Happy Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash with Terry Lynch

Saturday, May 12   2:00 p.m.

On December 3, 2018, the great state of Illinois will be 200 years old! A birthday this monumental cannot go uncelebrated. The "Happy Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash” will discuss everything from Illinois’s early years, historical happenings, famous Illinoisans, as well as info on Illinois counties. And, of course, there will be birthday cake!  $6 Adults, $5 GEHS Members and students 18 and under

Part of our Illinois Bicentennial Celebration Series


Flag Planting at Forest Hill Cemetery

Tuesday, May 22  10 a.m.

Come join GEHS volunteers as they "plant" flags on the graves of Civil War soldiers who are buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Glen Ellyn, in recognition of Memorial Day. Just come to the cemetery at 10 a.m. Flags will be picked up on Tuesday, May 29th at 10 a.m.

Fifth Annual Vintage Auto Fest

Saturday, June 2   10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Come out to our Vintage Auto Fest and see a great selection of antique and vintage vehicles. Enjoy delicious baked goods by Historical Society bakers. Tour Stacy's Tavern Museum. Shop at Stacy's Corners Store's annual sidewalk sale. Take your kids to our activity table for great coloring pages of vintage vehicles and more. This is a free event to the public. More information on registering your vehicle for the show will be coming in 2018.


Summer Story Time

Tuesday, June 5   10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Come join us for a wonderful story time. Story Time is geared to 2 - 5 year-olds, but everyone young at heart is welcome. Caregivers are asked to stay with their children for this special story and activity time. Free! No reservations required -- just come!


Cinderella: A Curtain Up Classroom Production

​Friday, June 8

Saturday, June 9

Sunday, June 10

Curtain Up Classroom will once again offer students, grades two thru high school, and adults, the opportunity to perform in a wonderful production of a beloved play, Cinderella. Details forthcoming.


Summer Story Time 

Tuesday, July 3   10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Come join us for a wonderful story time. Story Time is geared to 2 - 5 year-olds, but everyone young at heart is welcome. Caregivers are asked to stay with their children for this special story and activity time. Free! No reservations required -- just come!


GEHS Book Discussion Group: The Girls of Atomic City

Thursday, July 12   10:00 a.m.

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win WWII is a work onon-fiction by Denise Kiernan. At the height of WWII, Oak Ridge, TN was home to 75,000 residents and consumed more electricity than New York City, yet it was shrouded in such secrecy that it did not appear on any map. Thousands of civilians, many of them young women from small towns across the U.S., were recruited, enticed by the promise of solid wages and war-ending work. This New York Times bestseller shares the incredible true story of the top-secret town of Oak Ridge and the young women brought there unknowingly to help build the atomic bomb. Free! Everyone welcome.


Alice Paul: Winning Votes for Women as portrayed by Leslie Goddard

Thursday, July 12    7:00 p.m.

In partnership with the Lombard Historical Society, GEHS is hosting a special collaborative event featuring Leslie Goddard. Alice Paul, of course, was the dynamic women's suffrage leader who pioneered techniques of picketing, parades, and other non-violent civil disobedience. Be sure to join us for this free program. Refreshments  


Summer Theatre Days: A Curtain Up Classroom Summer Camp                        
Monday thru Thursday, August 6—9

Two sessions, each four days long. A morning session for ages 6 - 8 and an afternoon session for ages 9 - 13.

Making Magic: For Ages 6—8  From 9:30—12 noon, Monday thru Thursday

Theatre Grab Bag: For Ages 9—13  From 1—3:30 p.m., Monday thru Thursday

Cost: $150 per week; for 2 students in the same family, $250

For more information, visit curtainupclassroom.org, or contact Dr. Maria Bakalis at 630-234-2776. 
 

Summer Story Time 

Tuesday, August 7   10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Come join us for a wonderful story time. Story Time is geared to 2 - 5 year-olds, but everyone young at heart is welcome. Caregivers are asked to stay with their children for this special story and activity time. Free! No reservations required -- just come!


Summer Story Time

Tuesday, September 4    10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Come join us for a wonderful story time. Story Time is geared to 2 - 5 year-olds, but everyone young at heart is welcome. Caregivers are asked to stay with their children for this special story and activity time. Free! No reservations required -- just come!


GEHS Book Discussion Group: Friends Divided

Thursday, September 6   10:00 a.m.

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson is a biography by Gordon S. Wood. Arguably no relationship in this country's history carries as much freight as that of John Adams of Massachusetts and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Jefferson and Adams could scarcely have come from more different worlds, or been more different in temperament. This is a dual biography of two of America's most enduringly fascinating figures, whose partnership helped birth a nation, and whose subsequent falling out did much to fix its course. Free! Everyone welcome


Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

Saturday, September 22   1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Glen Ellyn Historical Society partners with the Smithsonian Magazine for this annual event, where admission is free for two people to local museums on September 22, 2018. Just visit their website and download a free ticket, print it out or show it on your phone. This event is designed for individuals and families; we regret that we cannot schedule group tours for this event.


Tavern Day: A Living History Celebration of Stacy's Tavern Museum

Sunday, September 30   1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Come see what life was like for the early settlers of Glen Ellyn, on the same spot where early residents lived! Try your hand at 1840's life. This event happens at Stacy's Tavern Museum and the surrounding grounds; park at the History Center at 800 N. Main St. More details to come!


Story Time with Aunt Tillie

Tuesday, October 2   10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Come join Aunt Tillie (Dr. Maria Bakalis from Curtain Up Classroom) for a wonderful story time. Story Time is geared to 2 - 5 year-olds, but everyone young at heart is welcome. Caregivers are asked to stay with their children for this special story and activity time. Free! No reservations required -- just come!


Salt Creek Civil War Round Table Meeting and Book Sale

​Friday, October 19    Book Sale 6:00 p.m. and Program 8:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend this October meeting of the Salt Creek Civil War Round Table and shop their book sale with proceeds to benefit battlefield restoration.The speaker will be Robert Girardi, an author and historian who is a popular speaker and consultant on the American Civil War. His topic will be "The Changing of Civil War Memory." Please plan to join us for this free program!


GEHS Book Discussion Group: The Unexpected President

Thursday, November 1   10:00 a.m.

The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur is a biography by Scott S. Greenberger. Despite his promising start as a young man, by his early fifties Chester A. Arthur was known as the crooked crony of New York. And after President James A. Garfield was shot in 1881, nobody expected Arthur to become a strong and effective president, courageous anti-corruption reformer, and early civil rights advocate. From the moment President Arthur took office, he proved to be not just honest but brave, going up against the very forces that had controlled him for decades. This biography tells the dramatic, untold story of a virtually forgotten American president.  Free! Everyone welcome


GEHS Member Appreciation Day at Stacy's Corners Store

Saturday, November 3   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Members of the Glen Ellyn Historical Society are given two special days to shop each year, with a 25% discount off most merchandise in our gift shop. (A few exceptions apply.) Not a member yet? You can join that day and still receive the discount!


Christmas at Marshall Field's: A Leslie Goddard Program

Saturday, November 3   2:00 p.m.

​Come join Leslie Goddard for an illustrated lecture that will bring back many wonderful memories, and learn the history of the iconic building now inhabited by Macy's at State Street. For many Chicago area residents, no Christmas season was complete without a visit to Marshall Field and Co. We'll trace the store's holiday traditions, including the Walnut Room Christmas tree, the window displays, the toy department, and the Christmas catalogs. Ever have your photo taken with Santa in Cozy Cloud Cottage? Remember Uncle Mistletoe and Aunt Holly? A fun and fascinating look at one of Chicago's most beloved holiday traditions. Refreshments. Adults $10, GEHS Members $8, Students 18 and under $5.


Story Time with Aunt Tillie

Tuesday, November 6   10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Come join Aunt Tillie (Dr. Maria Bakalis from Curtain Up Classroom) for a wonderful story time. Story Time is geared to 2 - 5 year-olds, but everyone young at heart is welcome. Caregivers are asked to stay with their children for this special story and activity time. Free! No reservations required -- just come!


Third Annual Gingerbread House Contest

Houses will be on display Saturday, December 1 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

We are continuing our new holiday tradition with our third annual gingerbread house contest! This year, admission is free, but you must pre-register by Thursday, Nov. 29th at 5 p.m. by returning a completed entry form, either by mail, in person, or by email to director@gehs.org. There are awards for individuals and groups; for children, teens, and adults. Categories for Buildings include: Best Depiction of Glen Ellyn Building or Event, Best Depiction of Historical Building or Event, Best House for Dogs (or Other Companion Animals), Best House for Birds (or Wild Animals). The bases do not need to be edible (plywood is recommended), but all visible materials should be edible. For complete rules, email director@gehs.org or pick up a copy at the History Center.


Gingerbread and Candlelight: A Holiday Celebration for the Entire Family

​Saturday, December 1   4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

​Join the Historical Society in their third annual holiday celebration. Stacy's Tavern Museum will be open for candlelight tours. See the remarkable gingerbread houses from our third gingerbread house contest. Craft-making for kids...and adults too! Enjoy refreshments -- delicious cookies and hot chocolate/coffee/tea. Admission is $5 for adults; children are free with paid adult admission.​ Begin at the History Center, 800 N. Main St. in Glen Ellyn.


Story Time with Aunt Tillie

Tuesday, December 4   10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Come join Aunt Tillie (Dr. Maria Bakalis from Curtain Up Classroom) for a wonderful story time. Story Time is geared to 2 - 5 year-olds, but everyone young at heart is welcome. Caregivers are asked to stay with their children for this special story and activity time. Free! No reservations required -- just come!


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Note: All events occur at the History Center at 800 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 unless otherwise noted. Free parking is available at the building and on surrounding lots and streets. The History Center is wheelchair accessible and has wheelchair accessible restrooms.

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