In light of COVID-19, in-person events are cancelled until further notice. ​Thanks!

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​​Upcoming Events


Native American History in Glen Ellyn: on Zoom

Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

Kirk Burger, the Glen Ellyn Historical Society Assistant Director, will provide a short presentation on Glen Ellyn's Native American history, focusing especially on the Potawatomi which we know preceded Glen Ellyn's European American settlers. A free presentation -- no advance registration required. Please use this link on April 27th to join the program:  https://zoom.us/j/97025248700


Book Discussion Group: Meeting Virtually on Zoom

Thursday, May 6 at 10 a.m.

Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington by Ted Widmer

The Historical Society's Book Discussion Group is meeting virtually! The book is Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington by Ted Widmer, about the thirteen day train journey of president-elect Abraham Lincoln from Springfield to Washington where he was sworn in as the 16th President. Please use this link to join us: https://zoom.us/j/96269793535. Reservations not required -- just click the link that morning!


Memorial Day Flag Planting at Forest Hill Cemetery

Tuesday, May 25   10 a.m.  

Join other volunteers to plant flags on the graves of Civil War soldiers at Forest Hill Cemetery in Glen Ellyn. Volunteers gather at 10 a.m. at the cemetery on the corner of St. Charles and Riford. Flags and grave locations are provided. It is a wonderful way to honor the true meaning of Memorial Day, and recognize those who fought to preserve our country so long ago. Please join us. No RSVP necessary -- just come.


Seventh Annual Vintage Auto Fest 

​Saturday, June 5, 2021

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

COVID note: We are hopeful we might be able to hold at least the outdoor portion of this event in June. But stay tuned for updates! A final decision will be made in spring 2021.

Come join us at the 7th Annual Glen Ellyn Vintage Auto Fest! The event will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021 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. 

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)


Book Discussion Group: Meeting Virtually on Zoom

Thursday, July 8th at 10 a.m.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

The Historical Society's Book Discussion Group is meeting virtually! The book is Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, which explores the unrecognized hierarchy in America, its history and its consequences. Caste became an instant New York Times bestseller, was named the summer/fall selection for Oprah’s legendary Book Club and was longlisted for the National Book Award. Please use this link to join us: https://zoom.us/j/97874406565. Reservations not required -- just click the link that morning!


Pioneer Day at Stacy's Tavern Museum

​Sunday, September 26, 2021   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.


Salt Creek Civil War Round Table Book Sale

Saturday, October 23   11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Come find interesting historical books at a great value! This annual book sale raises funds for Civil War battlefield preservation. Save money, stock up on your reading, and support a great historical preservation cause!


​Chicago's Memory of the Civil War

Saturday, October 23  2 p.m.

This program is offered in cooperation with the Salt Creek Civil War Round Table. Noted Civil War historian, author, speaker and consultant Robert I. Girardi will be speaking about Chicago and its relationship with the Civil War. This presentation will be about the Windy City's portrayal of the Civil War in its public art, parks and cemeteries and how the memory and significance of these events has changed over time. Refreshments served. Free!


Events Scheduled for 2022


Stacy's Tavern Museum Quilt Show & Market

Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2022

We are excited to be partnering with the Northern Illinois Quilt Study Group for a quilt show and quilters' market at Stacy's Tavern Museum and the Glen Ellyn History Center. Stay tuned -- details forthcoming!​


​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.


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.

The Art and Life of Frida Kahlo -- postponed
​Frida Kahlo created highly imaginative paintings that expressed the passion, struggle and pain of her life. This program provides an art historical context for Kahlo's artistic production. The lecture examines the interrelationship between various events in Kahlo's life and her powerful artwork, including numerous self-portraits. This lecture is presented by Art Excursions. Learn more about this amazing artist before seeing her artwork at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage starting in June 2020. Admission $6  Refreshments served.

​​Coffee with the Cops -- postponed
Once a month, the Chief of Police and/or the Deputy Chief of Police provide residents with the opportunity to interact with law enforcement personnel in a non-enforcement environment. Participants can talk about neighborhood issues, seek information on various police programs, and learn about specific police duties and responsibilities. In celebration of the opening of the new jail exhibit, the April discussion will occur at the History Center.

Grand Opening: Glen Ellyn Civic Center Jail Exhibit at the History Center -- postponed
Stacy’s Corners Store at the Glen Ellyn History Center at 800 N. Main St. will have the grand opening of a new exhibit on the “old” Glen Ellyn jail. Originally located in the Civic Center, the jail was closed after decades of use when the new Glen Ellyn Police Department building was opened in 2017. Part of the original jail at the Civic Center has been reconstructed at the Historical Society, including cell doors, a bunk, toilet, and the wooden bench in the holding area. In partnership with the Glen Ellyn Police Department, the exhibit will have its grand opening from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. The Police Department will have police vehicles on site. There will be activities for kids. And bring your cameras, because there will be a great photo opportunity in the old jail cell. Everyone is welcome to this free event. No reservations required.

​Emmett Till: Spark of the Modern Civil Rights Movement -- postponed
Find out why many historians believe the murder of a 14-year-old Chicago boy in 1955 was a major contributor in the development of the modern civil rights movement. Mike Small and his wife Tina were very close to Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till, until her death in 2003. (Mike was a pall bearer at her funeral.) Being involved in the Emmett Till story for close to twenty years, they have made presentations all over the world including universities and high schools. They helped to establish the “Emmett Till Trail” in Mississippi and played a major role in re-opening the Emmett Till case in 2007. Mike and Tina have been featured on NBC TV several times. Refreshments. Free. Advance registration required -- registration information to be posted in August.

Story Time with Aunt Tillie
Come join Aunt Tillie for this story and activity time geared for 2-5 year olds.

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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 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.

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