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

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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. Offered in partnership with the Lombard Historical Society. Refreshments  


Vintage and Antique Market

​Wednesday thru Saturday, July 18 - 21, 10 a.m. - 5 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. in Glen Ellyn during business hours the week of July 18 - 21. 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 on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 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. (Due to the number of donations, we regret that we cannot return unsold items to their owners.) Small items like jewelry, collectibles and household items can be accepted for sale prior to the 13th, but furniture and large items will need to be brought on the 13th and 14th. (We just don't have space to store them.) While we are happy to give you a receipt for your donations, please be aware that we cannot estimate value on the receipt -- you are responsible for determining that for your taxes. 

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. Antiques are generally at least one hundred years old. 

​Questions? Contact Karen Hall at director@gehs.org or phone 630.469.1867.


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: $75 per week; for 2 students in the same family, $125

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!


H.H. Holmes: The True History Of the White City Devil 

Thursday, September 6  7:00 p.m.

Come hear one of our favorite speakers, Adam Selzer, talk about the topic of his book on the "White City Devil" H.H. Holmes, and learn more details about this 19th century Chicago serial killer. Adam leads tours of mysterious sites in Chicago, and has written a book about this infamous killer. His book is considered the first truly comprehensive biography of Holmes, drawn from thousands of primary sources, many of which had been unseen since the 1890s. It has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and more. 

“Enthralling history” – Library Journal  “Comprehensive.” – Booklist   “Masterful Sleuthing” – NYT Bestselling author Steve Hodel

Adam Selzer is a fascinating speaker, and you are sure to love this exciting talk. Adults $8.00 GEHS Members $6.00 Refreshments.

GEHS Fall Kickoff for our Members: A free reception for GEHS members will precede Adam's talk from 5:30 - 7 p.m. If you're a member of the Historical Society, come join us!


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. 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.

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!


Georgia O'Keeffe: An American Master

Saturday, October 20   2:00 p.m.

​Georgia O'Keeffe was one of the most popular American artists of the 20th century. O'Keeffe painted, drew and sculpted an incredible array of subjects over her long career. She is likely the most famous artist associated with the Santa Fe region. Still misunderstood and misinterpreted even in the 21st century, her work was crucial to the history of modernism in America. In this program, art historian Jeff Mishur discusses a full range of Georgia O'Keeffe's art, from her daring and innovative abstractions of the 1910s and 1920s to her elegant investigations of various subject matter, such as architecture, landscapes, and flowers. Mishur is an owner of Art Excursions, a company that provides private guiding in Chicago; lectures; and boutique art and culture tours in the United States. Adults $10.00; GEHS Members $8.00; $5.00 students 18 and under


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!


Sweet Dreams: Chicago Auto Show Dream Cars & Concept Vehicle History

Saturday, January 19, 2019   2 p.m.

Come join the historian of the Chicago Auto Show, Mitch Frumkin, for a multi-media presentation about the dream cars and concept cars that have been shown at the Chicago Auto Show through the years. A concept car (also known as a prototype) is a car made to showcase new styling and/or technology. They are often presented at auto shows to gauge customer reaction to new designs and may or may not be mass-produced. Admission $6.00. Refreshments



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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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