Glen Ellyn

Historical Society

​​​​​​​Calendar of Upcoming Events

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.

Ageless Grace: Classes Coming this Fall

Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Starting Sept. 13th

Ageless Grace® is a highly effective brain fitness program that keeps participants moving and thinking through the power of play. Because wellness shouldn’t have to be boring or painful – in fact, it should be fun! This brain health program is based on consciously choosing to change the brain in ways similar to playful childhood activities that fire neurons and develop neural pathways. The exercises are designed to be practiced seated. They can be done by almost anyone, women and men, of any age or ability.

Dr. Jenna Eisenberg, a certified Ageless Grace educator, is offering our GEHS community a weekly class at the History Center. Jenna is a retired chiropractor who lives in Wheaton. You can learn more about Ageless Grace on their website, Bring a friend if you like! All exercises are done seated in chairs. Free!
Come try something new!

Fall Kick-off Reception for GEHS Members

Thursday, September 15   5 - 7 p.m.

Members of the Historical Society are invited to a reception to celebrate as we kick off a new calendar of events. Janelle Lake will treat us to her beautiful harp music. We will have hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Come get acquainted with other members of the Historical Society community. Members of the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce and Historic Preservation Commission will also join us. The Historic Preservation Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting following the reception at 7 p.m. and everyone is welcome to stay. All members welcome -- no RSVP necessary.

Chicago's Lost Department Stores

Saturday, September 17   2 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 17  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.

Glenbard Centennial: Celebrating 100 Years of Exceptional Education

Saturday, October 1     2 p.m.

Enjoy an illustrated lecture by Glenbard historian, author and English teacher Steve Wiersum. Steve has been an English teacher at Glenbard West since 1995. He is the author of the book, Glenbard West High School: A History which is available for sale in our gift shop. Steve will be speaking about the 100 year history of that "castle" on Honeysuckle Hill, its students, faculty and activities. Refreshments. Adults $10, GEHS Members $8, Students 18 and under $5 

​An Architectural Tour of the World

Saturday, October 22    2 p.m.

Buckle your seat belts and get ready for a surprising tour right from your chair. Martina Mathisen will take you around the globe to discover the fantastic superstructures that have stunned the world. Refreshments. Adults $10, GEHS Members $8, Students 18 and under $5 

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

A Victorian Christmas Dinner Celebration: A GEHS Fundraiser

​Saturday, December 3

Tours of the Museum by candlelight, from 5 - 6 p.m.

Dinner at the History Center at 6 p.m.

Come enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas! Stacy's Tavern Museum will be decorated with fresh greens and lighted by candlelight. It will be open for tours from 5 - 6 p.m. Meanwhile, hors d'oeuvres will be available at the History Center from 5 - 6. Starting at 6, a Victorian Christmas dinner will be served buffet-style in the History Center. There will be special treats and music to make this a truly special evening. This event is a fundraiser for the Glen Ellyn Historical Society. Tickets $100.


Researching Your Civil War Ancestry -- on Zoom

Tuesday, January 10   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!

Bette Davis, Hollywood Diva (working title)

​Saturday, March 11   2 p.m.

​Join the talented Dr. Maria Boundas Bakalis for her original one-woman play about Bette Davis -- her colorful life, expansive career, and struggle to rise to the top. Bette Davis was an actress for over 50 years, and was the first woman to receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute. She is on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of the classical Hollywood cinema era. Refreshments served. Adults $10, GEHS Members $8, 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. 

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.

Upcoming Events


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 require them.  Free masks will continue to be available in the lobby.