Glen Ellyn

Historical Society


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

Second Annual Gingerbread House Contest

Attention all bakers and gingerbread lovers! The Historical Society is hosting its second annual gingerbread house contest. Categories are available for youth, teens and adults, for individuals and groups. Categories for Awards include: Best Group Entry, Best individual Entry by Age Group, 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). Gingerbread creations will be on display at the Gingerbread and Candlelight Holiday Celebration on December 2nd. Complete rules are available at the History Center, or just email

Gingerbread and Candlelight: A Holiday Celebration for the Entire Family

Saturday, Dec. 2   4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

​This holiday open house runs from 4 -7 p.m. Begin at the Glen Ellyn History Center and see the wonderful Gingerbread House creations from our Gingerbread House Contest. Take a candlelight tour of Stacy's Tavern Museum. Enjoy our craft station for kids. Sip on hot chocolate (or coffee/tea) and enjoy some delicious cookies. Adults $5  Children free with paid adult admission. Tickets available at the door or in advance at Stacy's Corners Store.

​Story Time with Aunt Tillie

Tuesday, Dec. 5   10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Come join Aunt Tillie (Dr. Maria Bakalis from Curtain Up Classroom) with her endearing puppet, Grandma Trudy 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! 


Coming in 2018

Maria Callas, portrayed by Maria Boundas Bakalis

Saturday, March 3   2:00 p.m.

Maria Callas was a Greek-American soprano born in New York City in 1923, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. This internationally acclaimed singer captivated audiences with her iconic opera performances, showing off her vocal range in productions like Tosca and Norma. Callas made her Italian opera debut at the Verona Arena in 1947, followed by her 1954 American debut in Norma. On September 16, 1977, Callas died in Paris of a heart attack.Maria Callas:  "I am not an angel and do not pretend to be. That is not one of my roles. But I am not the devil either. I am a woman and a serious artist, and I would like so to be judged.” Maria Boundas Bakalis is a Glen Ellyn resident and the founder of the Curtain Up Classroom school of acting, and has portrayed Maria Callas abroad at international festivals, as well as in the United States. You are in for a real treat! Refreshments served. $10 Adults, $8 GEHS Members, $5 Students 18 and under

The Once and Future Woman: A Musical Performance by Kristin Lems in celebration of Women's History Month

Sat. March 10   2:00 p.m.

​Enjoy this celebration of American women of all kinds in a moving portrait of the lives of those who struggled and those who survived. Stories too little told, with much to be remembered -- and unforgettable songs! Kristin Lems is a versatile composer, songwriter, folksinger and performing artist from Evanston. Equally at home before vast crowds or in small living rooms, Kristin has shared the stage with two First Ladies, Maya Angelou, Captain Jacques Cousteau, Gloria Steinem, Helen Caldicott, and Alan Alda. Musicians she has performed with include Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, Malvina Reynolds, Holly Near, Dan Fogelberg, Laura Love, Koko Taylor, Peter Paul and Mary, Michele Shocked, the BoDeans, Simon Townshend and many others. New Yorker magazine called Kristin "a charmer in the most literal and least artificial sense of the word." Gloria Steinem named Kristin "a one woman argument against the notion that the women's movement doesn't have a sense of humor." The Illinois Times said, "Kristin not only has a beautiful voice, clear, crisp and forceful, but she is a very creative and thoughtful lyricist." And of Kristin's performances, The Evansville Courier said, "the performance was simple yet substantive, humorous, yet poignant, and always energetic and warm." Come join us for a wonderful and engaging musical program! Refreshments served. $10 Adults, $8 GEHS Members, $5 Students 18 and under

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

Sat. 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

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.

Cinderella: A Curtain Up Classroom Production

​Friday, June 8

Saturday, June 9

Sunday, June 10

Curtain Up Classroom will once again offer students, ages 6 thru high school, and adults, the opportunity to perform in a wonderful production of a beloved play, Cinderella. More details, including audition dates, coming!

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 go to 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!

Just a note: Have many of the events on this list happened already? Your browser may be bringing up a cached version of the web page. You can refresh the page, or bring up an incognito window with your browser and try again. We try to update this page weekly to keep events current. Not sure? Just call us at 630-469-1867. Thanks!

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.

Upcoming Events