Glen Ellyn

Historical Society


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

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Thomas E. Hill was a founder of the Glen Ellyn Hotel, and an author, developer and businessman. The Village of Glen Ellyn is believed to be named after his wife, Ellen Whitcomb Hill, along with the Lewellyn family -- as is Lake Ellyn. Ellyn is the Welsh spelling of Ellen, and Ellen Hill was Welsh.

For information on becoming a Business member, call the director at 630–469-1867 or email her at

Business and Non-Profit Members are noted on the home page of our website, as well as in newsletters and our annual report.

















Thomas E. Hill Society

Non-Profit Organization


Membership Options

Business Memberships

Volunteer opportunities:

*Become a docent at Stacy’s Tavern Museum

*Interpret history for children through Outreach Programs

*Become an historical character for Outreach Programs

*Catalog archival materials

*Handle research queries

*Research house and site histories

*Write newsletter articles

*Teach or demonstrate historical crafts

*Assist with special events

*Assist with fund raising events

*Tend our period gardens

*Cook for special events or bake for our bake sales

*Serve on committees

Membership benefits include:

*Free admission to Stacy’s Tavern Museum

*A subscription to the Messenger Newsletter, our print newsletter

*Email newsletter and notice of special events

*Invitations to opening receptions, annual meeting and special events

*10% discount at Stacy’s Corners Store (exceptions apply)

*Invitation to members-only shopping events at Stacy's Corners Store, including two member-appreciation shopping days each year

*Reduced rates for selected programs and for History Center rental

You are cordially invited to become a member!

From its beginning in the early 1830’s, the Village of Glen Ellyn’s history has been richly textured by the people who pioneered the prairies and made the fulfillment of their dreams our legacy. To continue to inspire these dreams, a group of dedicated volunteers founded the Glen Ellyn Historical Society in 1969. Today, the Society’s programs encompass activities involving hundreds of residents of the Village of Glen Ellyn and surrounding communities. Members of the Glen Ellyn Historical Society are proudly responsible for:

*The operation and support of Stacy’s Tavern Museum (in partnership with the Village of Glen Ellyn), a wayside stagecoach inn built in 1846. The Tavern has been restored on its original site. Exhibits and additions to the artifact collection are ongoing.

*An active house plaquing program to research the identify Village structures of historical significance. Plaques placed on the structures are great additions to Glen Ellyn’s sense of living history.

*Educational outreach including lectures and seminars on historical topics to a variety of audiences, school programs, an artifact and library collection, and participation in Village activities.

Become a Glen Ellyn Historical Society Member