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

We adhere to CDC, State and County guidance regarding masks, etc. at all events. In keeping with current guidance, masks are welcome but optional. Please be aware that some groups renting the facility may continue to require them.  Free masks will continue to be available in the lobby.

Upcoming Events

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. 

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 few blocks to the building. At 800 N. Main St., we are next to Forest Glen Elementary School, a block south of St. Charles and Geneva Roads in Glen Ellyn.

Glen Ellyn

Historical Society

​​​​​​​Calendar of Upcoming Events

FILM: Inhabitants: Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring our World

​Wednesday, May 25   7 p.m.

This award-wining film follows five Native American tribes across deserts, coastlines, forests, and prairies as they restore their traditional land management practices. This showing is a cooperative venture of The Glen Ellyn Historical Society, The Sierra Club River Prairie Group, and The Prairie Food Co-op. The discussion afterward will be facilitated by Joseph Standing Bear, the President of the Midwest SOARRING Foundation. Free! Refreshments

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.

We will have three free talks in the History Center on historic automobiles.

11 a.m. Pierce-Arrow Highlights
Presenter: Bill Morris

12:15 p.m. Muscle & Pony Car Mania: The Art of Selling Horsepower
Presenter: Mitch Frumkin

1:30 p.m. Studebaker Highlights
Presenter: Al Krodel

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 1980'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. Free! All are welcome.

Iconic Chicago Foods

Wednesday, July 20    7 p.m.

A Leslie Goddard Presentation

Chicago is the birthplace of some of the most unique dishes in the nation. Join historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., for a look at five iconic Chicago foods: deep-dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago-style hot dogs, cheesecake, and Frango mints. Learn the stories behind each of these signature foods and how they reflect Chicago’s unique patterns of immigration, cultural traditions and creative inventiveness. An illustrated lecture. Refreshments served. $5 at door.

The Bright Ideas of Thomas Edison

Wednesday, August 10   7 p.m.

The inventions of Thomas Edison didn't happen overnight. The light bulb, phonograph, film projector and others took a great deal of trial and error. Listen as Edison discusses, not only his inventions, but the perseverence he needed to become one of America's great inventors. Actor Terry Lynch portrays Thomas Edison and brings this historic inventor to life. 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. Free! All are welcome.

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 $10, GEHS Members $8, 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. Free! All are welcome.

​Golda Meir: The Journey Home

Saturday, November 5   2 p.m.

How does a girl born in the Ukraine, raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, travel a path that will lead her to become Prime Minister of Israel? This informative, entertaining program, developed by Jessica Michna, explores that rather circuitous route. What roadblocks and detours were thrown in Golda's way and how did she overcome them? The journey is a fascinating one, filled with joy, sorrow, seriousness and humor. Let Golda, as portrayed by Ms Michna, tell you in her own words. Refreshments. Admission $5 at door.

GEHS Member Appreciation Day

at Stacy's Corners Store

Saturday, Nov. 12  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Twice each year, we celebrate our members with a special discount day in Stacy's Corners Store. Members of the Historical Society receive 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 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 $10, GEHS Members $8, Students 18 and under $5

Researching Your Civil War Ancestry -- on Zoom

Tuesday, January 10, 2023  7 p.m.

Professional genealogist Jenny Warner will provide a discussion of tools which you can use to research your Civil War ancestors. She will take your questions at the end of the program if you need some assistance. Free! The Zoom link will be posted here closer to the event, so you can enjoy the discussion from the comfort of your home!

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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Please join us for light refreshments and an evening of information sharing.The Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission will be hosting an informational networking event with historic preservation experts and Glen Ellyn homeowners who have gone through the process of having their historic home landmarked or plaqued or have won awards from the Village for their restoration and remodel efforts. 


Please join us for light refreshments and an evening of information sharing.The Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission will be hosting an informational networking event with historic preservation experts and Glen Ellyn homeowners who have gone through the process of having their historic home landmarked or plaqued or have won awards from the Village for their restoration and remodel efforts. 


Please join us for light refreshments and an evening of information sharing.