Glen Ellyn

Historical Society

+1.630.469.1867

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

​To make an inquiry or set up an appointment to use these resources, please email director@gehs.org. Appointments are usually scheduled Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Occasional Saturday appointments may be available. ​​A fee may be charged for research time over one hour. There may also be a fee for copies of photographs. Our staff and volunteers can research simple topics for you, as they are familiar with the archival materials in our collection.



Historical Research

The Glen Ellyn Historical Society has a commemorative plaquing program for the recognition and plaquing of historically and/or architecturally significant structures in Glen Ellyn. The word “structure” refers to various types of buildings, e.g., houses, churches, stores and schools.  If you think your house is 80 years of age or older, it may qualify for a plaque from the Glen Ellyn Historical Society.  Call 630–469-1867 or email director@gehs.org for more information on fees and how to proceed.

Please be aware that the Historical Society's plaquing program is commemorative. While a plaque honors a Glen Ellyn home/structure, the plaque does not carry any protections for the property. 

For a list of homes in Glen Ellyn that have received plaques from the Historical Society, click here to download the brochure (last updated October 2020): 




​​The Village of Glen Ellyn offers a landmarking process for buildings of historical and/or architectural significance to the Village. For more information, visit the Historical Preservation Commission's website: http://www.glenellyn.org/Commissions/Historic_Preservation.html

It is not uncommon to begin the landmarking process for the Village with the Historical Society's plaquing process, which presents homeowners with extensive background on their home. 

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) administers all state and federal historic preservation and incentive programs in Illinois, including the National Register of Historic Places. Their website:​​​https://www2.illinois.gov/ihpa/Pages/default.aspx




The Historical Society has an INDUS Book Scanner 9000 that can scan books up to 18 inches by 28 inches when open. The scanner has an optical resolution of 400 dpi and a high scan speed. You can scan directly to a USB thumb drive, an SD card, or print or disk. 

User Fees for Large Scanner: Members of the general public or GEHS members may use the scanning facility for limited or long term projects. User fees are based on the type and scope of the scanning project. For more information about the scanner, visit the INDUS website at: http://www.indususa.com/book-scanner-9000/

 For more info, call 630-469-1867 or email director@gehs.org.

*For­est Hill Ceme­tery history and inter­ment records for early Glen Ellyn families
*Extensive local history pho­to­graphic collection
*Early bound vol­umes of the Glen Ellyn News newspaper
*Year­books from Glen­bard West High School and Glen­bard South High School
*Early DuPage County Atlases
*Glen Ellyn phone books begin­ning in the 1920s
*Local com­mu­nity his­tory Reference Library books
*Real estate records
*Obit­u­ary file Collection
*Categorical Ver­ti­cal files – Schools, Persons, Events, etc.
*Map col­lec­tion

*Peri­od­i­cals
*Box col­lec­tions
*Historic Chicago Newspapers on microfilm
*Local Oral Histories Collection
*Audio-Video Historical Records
*Village Government Historic Ledgers
*Historic Plaqued Homes Records
*Historic Post Cards collection
*Multiple Listing Real Estate Records (MLS)

HOUSE PLAQUING

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