​​​​Calendar of Upcoming Events


Zoom Program: Researching Your World War II Ancestry

​Tuesday, February 8     7 p.m.

Stay warm at home and learn about researching your World War II Ancestry. Jenny Warner, a professional genealogist, will cover Compiled Service Records, Pensions, Draft Registrations, and other related genealogical material. The program will last about ninety minutes. The Zoom link will be posted here in January/February. Free! Just tune in.


Oh, The Humanity! The Hindenburg Disaster

Saturday, February 19    2 p.m.

On May 6, 1937, WLS reporter Herb Morrison was sent to Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey to cover the first anniversary of transatlantic passenger service. What he witnessed that day turned out to be one of the greatest disasters of the 20th century. Hear Morrison, portrayed by performer Terry Lynch, explain the historical significance of the dirigible Hindenburg, as well as recount the horrific details of that day. Refreshments served. Admission $8, GEHS Members $6, Students 18 and under $5


Book Discussion Group

The Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era by Gareth Russell

Thursday, March 3   10 a.m.

In April 1912, six notable people were among those privileged to experience the height of luxury—first class passage on “the ship of dreams,” the RMS Titanic: Lucy Leslie, Countess of Rothes; son of the British Empire, Tommy Andrews; American captain of industry John Thayer and his son Jack; Jewish-American immigrant Ida Straus; and American model and movie star Dorothy Gibson. Within a week of setting sail, they were all caught up in the horrifying disaster of the Titanic’s sinking, one of the biggest news stories of the century. Today, we can see their stories and the Titanic’s voyage as the beginning of the end of the established hierarchy of the Edwardian era.


A Traditional St. Paddy's Day Concert and Sing-a-long with Rick Pickren

Saturday, March 5      2 p.m.

Enjoy the music stylings of singer-songwriter-actor Rick Pickren as he celebrates the joyful wearing 'o the green. He will treat us to many of the traditional Irish songs, including Danny Boy and When Irish Eyes are Smiling. Rick's recordings have been featured on the TV Show The Good Wife and many PBS programs. He is a two-time winner of the Marlboro Country Music Round Up and has shared the stage with George Strait, Merle Haggard, The Judds, Dolly Parton, and Alabama. Refreshments. Admission $8, GEHS Members $6, Students 18 and under $5


Coco Chanel: A Life by Design

Saturday, March 12   2 p.m.

​You are invited to a special Chanel showing in celebration of Women’s History Month, showcasing the woman who created a fashion revolution, and revealing her life and her loves. Dr. Maria Boundas Bakalis portrays Coco Chanel in her original one-woman play, Coco Chanel: A Life by Design. This unique Chanel showing promises to captivate you. The performance will be followed by a question and answer session with Dr. Bakalis about Coco Chanel. Coco Chanel’s fashion legacy is one of classic elegance. Her creative designs in dress, jewelry & perfumery captured the imaginations of women worldwide. Chanel’s “little black dress,” her strings of pearls, and her signature scent, Chanel. No. 5, have all endured and become fashion classics. Refreshments. Admission $8, GEHS Members $6, Students 18 and under $5


Barn Quilts: Following the Trail

Zoom: Wednesday, March 23  7 p.m.

Author Suzi Parron will take you on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt, which stemmed from Donna Sue Groves and herwish to honor her mother's quilting art. The presentation features over one hundred stunning photographs of barn quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. You will hear stories of some of the individuals who have painted quilt blocks to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few humorous anecdotes. The presentation is both informative and entertaining, as we explore the way in which our quilting heritage takes on new meaning as this movement continues to expand. Suzi has two books on barn quilts: Following the Barn Quilt Trail and Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement. Just us for a fascinating and fun program! More details coming.


The World of Juliette Kinzie: Chicago before the Fire

Saturday, April 23   2 p.m.

Author Ann Keating, Ph.D., will speak to us about her recent book, The World of Juliette Kinzie: Chicago before the Fire. Juliette was an American historian, writer and pioneer -- one of Chicago’s forgotten founders. Early Chicago is often presented as “a man’s city,” but women like Juliette worked to create an urban and urbane world, often within their own parlors. With The World of Juliette Kinzie, we finally get to experience the rise of Chicago from the view of one of its most important founding mothers. Ann Durkin Keating is one of the foremost experts on nineteenth-century Chicago, and is a professor of History at North Central College. Join us to learn about a driving force in early Chicago history. Refreshments. $5 adults; students free. Tickets at door day of show.


Book Discussion Group

The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War by David Nasaw

Thursday, May 5  10 a.m.

In May 1945, after German forces surrendered to the Allied powers, millions of concentration camp survivors, POWs, slave laborers, political prisoners, and Nazi collaborators were left behind in Germany, a nation in ruins. British and American soldiers attempted to repatriate the refugees, but more than a million displaced persons remained in    Germany.  A masterwork from acclaimed historian David Nasaw, The Last Million tells the gripping but until now hidden story of postwar displacement and statelessness, as the Last Million crossed from a broken past into an unknowable future, carrying with them their wounds, their fears, their hope, and their secrets. 

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Wednesday, May 11   6 p.m.

​Volunteers who have been active with the Historical Society in the recent past are invited to attend an appreciation dinner to allow us to express our gratitude for their contributions to GEHS. The evening will begin with an Italian dinner, and will be followed by a special program performed by Martina Mathison. Please RSVP to director@gehs.org or call 630-469-1867 to let us know you are attending. A fun evening of celebration and appreciation!


Nancy Drew

Saturday, May 14    2 p.m.

Presentation by Susan Becker. Description Forthcoming.


Eighth Annual Glen Ellyn Vintage Auto Fest 

​Saturday, June 4

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Come join us at the 8th Annual Glen Ellyn Vintage Auto Fest! The event will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free to visitors attending the show. (Interested in registering your vehicle? See below.) The show has great vintage vehicles on display in the space between Stacy's Tavern Museum and the Glen Ellyn History Center. Enjoy lunch by Heavenly Hot Dogs from 11 - 2.

Interested in registering your vintage/antique vehicle for our show? Please submit $10.00 per vehicle with check or money order payable to the Glen Ellyn Historical Society, along with your registration form (or you can call us with your credit card information). The registrant will receive 2 free tickets to Stacy’s Tavern Museum to be used during 2021-22, a discount coupon for Stacy’s Corners Store, and a dash plaque. All vintage, antique and classic vehicles and clubs are welcome. Registrants will vote on Best of Show awards to be given at 2:45 p.m. New this year: A People's Choice Award!

For more information about the event, contact Karen Hall, Executive Director, Glen Ellyn Historical Society at 630-469-1867 or director@gehs.org or Jim Manak, Secretary, Packards of Chicagoland, lelp@xnet.com, 630-858-6092. To receive a printable registration form you can mail in or email, email Karen at director@gehs.org or call 630-469-1867, or pick one up at the Historical Society at 800 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn. (Open 10 - 5, Tuesday thru Saturday)


​Second Annual Vintage and Antique Market: A GEHS Fundraiser 

June 16 - 18, 2022      Thursday thru Saturday   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(Items may be donated June 8 - 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

The Historical Society will have a fundraising sale selling vintage and antique items which have been donated to us for this purpose. The sale will be held in the Anderson Multi-Purpose Room at the History Center, 800 N. Main St. during business hours, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., June 16-18. Come check out all the unique finds! 

Would you like to contribute to the sale? Vintage and antique items in good condition can be brought to the History Center June 8 - 11th from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Remaining items that are left after the end of the sale will either be retained by the Historical Society for future sale or be donated to local charities. Small items like jewelry and collectibles can be accepted for sale prior to the 9th, but furniture and large items will need to be brought on the 8th - 11th. As a guide to item donors: while the term "vintage" does not refer to a specific set of years, for this sale we are suggesting 1970's and earlier. Questions? Contact Karen Hall at director@gehs.org or 630.469.1867. 


Book Discussion Group

The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for
Freedom and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore

Thursday, July 7    10 a.m.

1860: As the clash between the states rolls to a boil, Elizabeth Packard, housewife and mother of six, faces her own battle. Her husband of 21 years is increasingly threatened―by Elizabeth's intellect and independence. So he has her committed to an insane asylum, the Illinois State Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois, overseen by Dr. Andrew McFarland, a man even more dangerous to Elizabeth than her traitorous husband. There are many rational women on her ward who tell the same tale. This is the story of the forgotten woman who courageously fought for her own freedom―and in so doing freed millions more.


Edgewater Beach Hotel

Wednesday, July 20    7 p.m.

A Leslie Goddard Presentation

For generations of Chicagoans, nothing equaled the glamour of the Edgewater Beach Hotel. Chicago’s famed hotel on the shores of Lake Michigan featured a private beach, outdoor dance floor, fine dining, golf, tennis, lavish floor shows and some of the nation’s best big band music. Hollywood celebrities and sports stars stayed there, as did everyday people enjoying weddings, proms and vacations. Historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., explores the history of the famous resort on the lake, from its construction in 1916 through its demise in 1967. Refreshments served. $5 at door.

Book Discussion Group

​Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Interments in World War II by Richard Reeves

Thursday, September 8   10 a.m.

After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed an executive order that forced more than 120,000 Japanese Americans into primitive camps for the rest of war. Their only crime: looking like the enemy. Men we usually consider heroes―FDR, Earl Warren, Edward R. Murrow―were in this case villains. We learn of internees who joined the military to fight for the country that had imprisoned their families, even as others fought for their rights all the way to the Supreme Court. The heart of the book, however, tells the poignant stories of those who endured years in “war relocation camps,” many of whom suffered this injustice with remarkable grace.


Chicago's Lost Department Stores

Thursday, September 8   7 p.m.

A Leslie Goddard Presentation

For decades, Chicago was home to some of America’s grandest department stores. Clustered along a mile-long stretch of State Street, stores like Marshall Field’s; Carson, Pirie, Scott; Sears; Wieboldt’s; Montgomery Ward’s; and Goldblatt’s set new standards for retail innovation, customer service and visual display. Generations of Chicagoans trekked to these stores for holiday shopping, celebrations, and fun. In this illustrated lecture, historian and author Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., revisits Chicago’s fabulous retail emporiums and explores their rise and fall. Based on her new 2022 book from the History Press. Refreshments served. Adults $8, GEHS Members $6, Students 18 and under $5

​Smithsonian Museum Day at Stacy's Tavern Museum

Saturday, September 24  1 - 4:30 p.m.

During this annual event in partnership with Smithsonian Magazine, admission to the museum is free! Just download the free tickets from their website. The link will be posted here once it is available.


Pioneer Day at Stacy's Tavern Museum

​Sunday, September 25   1- 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. There will be live farm animals, craft-making for kids, make your own candles, corn shelling, apple peeling, help with vegetable harvest, pioneer games and toys, how to rope a bed, do laundry 1840’s style, experience 1840's school in an outdoor classroom, make rope, tour the Tavern, and much, much more! Adults $8, GEHS Members $6; Children (3-17) $4, GEHS Members Children $3; children under 3 are free.


Book Discussion Group

First Friends: The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents by Gary Ginsberg

Thursday, November 3    10 a.m.

Publishing history teems with books by and about Presidents, First Ladies, First Pets, and even First Chefs. Now former Clinton aide Gary Ginsberg breaks new literary ground on Pennsylvania Avenue and provides fresh insights into the lives of the men who held the most powerful political office in the world by looking at the friends on whom they relied. First Friends is an engaging, serendipitous look into the lives of Commanders-in-Chief and how their presidencies were shaped by those they held most dear.


​Christmas at Marshall Fields

​Saturday, November 12    2 p.m.

A Leslie Goddard Program

For many Chicagoans, no Christmas season was complete without a visit to Marshall Field’s, the city’s grande dame of department stores. This illustrated talk traces the store’s beloved holiday traditions, including the Walnut Room Christmas tree, the holiday window displays, the toy department, Cozy Cloud cottage, and the Christmas catalog. See family photos with Santa Claus over the years and peek behind-the-scenes at the employee party. And of course, meet Uncle Mistletoe and his family. Based on Leslie Goddard's 2011 book from Arcadia. Refreshments served. Adults $8, GEHS Members $6, Students 18 and under $5

Below are events postponed during the pandemic to be rescheduled:

Memoirs of the Holocaust: George Mueller's Time in WWII -- postponed
Please join us to hear long-time Glen Ellyn resident George Mueller speak as he shares his experiences with us from World War II. George Mueller is the survivor of three Nazi concentration camps during World War II including Bergen Belsen. Learn about his experiences and how he came to terms with the shattering effect the Holocaust had on his life. He emerged from tragedy to embody a profound story of hope. Mr. Mueller is the 2019 winner of the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce Paul Herwaldt Senior Citizen of the Year Award. Refreshments. Free. Reservations not required -- please join us.


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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 History Center, behind Stacy's Tavern Museum, and on surrounding lots and streets. The History Center is wheelchair accessible and has wheelchair accessible restrooms. Tickets for events may be purchased in person at Stacy's Corners Store or by calling 630-469-1867, or at the event.

While there is usually sufficient parking among the lots/streets in the area, if you have mobility concerns, you may want to be dropped off at our front door or arrive early enough to park in the lot surrounding the History Center. Large event attendance may require walking a couple of blocks to the building. At 800 N. Main St., we are near Forest Glen Elementary School and across the street from a 7/11 Convenience Store, a block south of St. Charles and Geneva Roads in Glen Ellyn.

Upcoming Events

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

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