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Dedication of Marcellus Jones's First Shot Marker at Ward Plaza

Friday, October 19    5:30 p.m.

Ward Plaza, corner of Geneva Rd. and N. Main St.

The Glen Ellyn Historical Society, with the help of its members and friends, has commissioned a replica of the monument in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania that Marcellus Jones (formerly of Danby) and friends erected to mark the site of Jones's famous first shot at the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. Please join us at Ward Plaza, next to Stacy's Tavern Museum, for a brief ceremony commemorating the dedication of this monument. Refreshments will follow at the History Center where you can also browse books for sale by the Salt Creek Civil War Round Table. Please park at the History Center, 800 N. Main St.


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


Annual Business Meeting of the Historical Society

Thursday, November 1  7 p.m.

All members of the Historical Society are invited to attend our annual business meeting, where we will review the past year and discuss plans for the year ahead. Refreshments served. Please note: must be a current member to attend. Thanks!


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 to the contest 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.

Local businesses and organizations are welcome to participate, too. You can even leave give-aways/coupons by your gingerbread house at no extra charge.


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!


2019 Events


Story Time with Aunt Tillie

Tuesday, January 8   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!


​Sizzle, Sequins, Murder & Mayhem! True Stories of Chicago in the 1920's

Saturday, January 12    2 p.m.

Join performer Martina Mathisen for an entertaining portrayal of the 1920's in Chicago. The 1920’s was a delirious decade. What made this time so remarkable? Was the film Chicago really inspired from a true story? Find out with this engaging and educational program that is also fun!  Admission $5.00. Refreshments.


Dazzling Dream Cars: Chicago Auto Show Dream Cars & Concept Vehicle History

Saturday, January 19   2 p.m.

Join Speaker and Chicago Auto Show Historian M. J. Frumkin for a new Chicago Auto Show History presentation, titled Dazzling Dream Cars. This 45-minute video highlights the best futuristic prototypes, dream cars and concept vehicles that have captivated crowds at the annual Chicago Auto Show for more than 75 years. Featuring hundreds of images, this rapid paced presentation ranges from the original dream car, the Buick Y-Job of the 1930s, right up to the ultramodern automotive visions of 2018.  Speaker/Historian M.J. Frumkin will give away two pairs of complimentary passes to the 2019 Chicago Auto Show and bite size samples of Ryba Fudge, the official show confection. Admission $5.00. Refreshments


H.H. Holmes: The True History Of the White City Devil 
An Encore Presentation
Saturday, February 2    2 p.m.


Given Adam's sold out presentation in September, we have re-booked him so all who want to hear him can enjoy this fascinating program. Come enjoy 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. You may have seen Adam on The History Channel,The Travel Channel, or in one of his many media appearances.

“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 interesting talk about the "true" history of H.H. Holmes. Adults $8.00, GEHS Members $6.00. Refreshments. (Not recommended for children.)


Story Time with Aunt Tillie

Tuesday, February 12   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!


​Mary Lincoln's Photograph Album: An Illustrated Lecture by Laura Keyes

Saturday, February 23    2 p.m.

​Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of our 16th President, lived a life filled with triumphs and tragedies but few people know her story. One piece to the myriad puzzle of her life is her personal photograph album, which was compiled over many years. This precious artifact tells not only Mary Lincoln’s story, but the Lincoln Family story as well. Come to hear scholar Laura Keyes share the history of this personal item, Mary Lincoln’s photograph album, and see for yourself what photographs Mrs. Lincoln kept (and the ones she didn’t). Adults $8, GEHS members $6, Students 18 and under $5. Refreshments.


Wright Brothers, Wrong Story: How Wilbur Wright Solved the Problem of Manned Flight

Saturday, March 2    2 p.m.

Join author William Hazelgrove as he talks about the Wright Brothers, the topic of his newest book. He deconstructs the myth of the brothers, and provides insight into their distrinctive roles in creating the first "flying machine." How could two misanthropic brothers who never left home, were high-school dropouts, and made a living as bicycle mechanics have figured out the secret of manned flight? Combing through original archives and family letters, Hazelgrove reveals the differences in the brothers’ personalities and abilities. He examines how the Wright Brothers’ myth was born when Wilbur Wright died early and left Orville to write their history with personal friend John Kelly. Hazelgrove’s richly researched and well-told tale of the Wright Brothers’ landmark achievement captures the excitement of the times at the start of the “American century.” Adults $8, GEHS members $6, Students 18 and under $5. Refreshments.​


Story Time with Aunt Tillie

Tuesday, March 12   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!


The Lady and the Locket:  The Loves of John Wilkes Booth

Saturday, March 23   2 p.m.

Dr. Maria Boundas Bakalis of Curtain Up Classroom will be presenting an original one-woman show about the loves of the infamous John Wilkes Booth. Learn about the women in this complicated man's life...and gain a better understanding about the man behind these passions. Most people only know Booth for his assassination of President Lincoln. But he was a well-known and successful actor, considered one of the handsomest men in America, and came from a prominent theatrical family in Maryland. Just weeks before the murder, Booth became secretly engaged to Lucy Lambert Hale, the daughter of U.S. Senator John P. Hale of New Hampshire. Refreshments. Adults $10, GEHS Members $8, Students 18 and under $5.


Story Time with Aunt Tillie

Tuesday, April 9   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!


Story Time with Aunt Tillie

Tuesday, May 14   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!


Sixth Annual Vintage Auto Fest

​Saturday, June 1, 2019

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Come join us at the 6th Annual Glen Ellyn Vintage Auto Fest! The event will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 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. And much, much more!

*Free talks on automobile history will be happening in the History Center
*Enjoy lunch by Heavenly Hot Dogs from 11 - 2
*Free mini-tours of Stacy's Tavern Museum
*Annual bake sale by members/bakers of the Historical Society
*Annual Sidewalk Sale at Stacy's Corners Store, the gift shop of the Historical Society
*An activity center for children to color drawings of vintage vehicles

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 2018, a discount coupon for Stacy’s Corners Store, and a dash plaque. (Vehicle registration at the gate will be $15.00 and the dash plaque will not be guaranteed.) Local Packard, Studebaker and Cadillac Club members will be attending and 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. 

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 20 - 22nd, 2019

​(Items may be donated June 13 - 15.)

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 20 - 22. Come check out all the unique finds! Stacy’s Corners Store will also have an indoor sidewalk sale!

Would you like to contribute to the sale? Vintage and antique items in good condition can be brought to the History Center June 13 - 15 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, 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 - 15th. 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.


 

Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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 21, 2019. 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 29, 2019

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.


Gingerbread and Candlelight: A Holiday Celebration for the Entire Family

​Saturday, December 7, 2019

​Join the Historical Society in their fourth 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.




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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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