Adult Programs


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Sunday, January 8
Great Inaugural Speeches in History
2:00 p.m. Cost:
On January 20, our new President will deliver the 58th inaugural speech in our history. Most of the prior 57 were disappointing--dull, uninspiring, and lacking vision--but seven have stood out by challenging, lifting, and forcing citizens to rethink what it means to be American. Professor Midkiff will review these seven, including one by the youngest man elected President, one by the oldest man elected president, and the greatest of the 57, where a man tries to see God's purpose in our greatest national tragedy.

Location:  Elmhurst Public Library, Large Meeting Room, 125 S. Prospect St., Elmhurst
Reservations:  Register in person at Elmhurst Public Library, call (630) 279-8696, or

Sunday, January 15
Marion Mahony Griffin: Rendering the Grand Variety of Nature’s Grace
Time:  2:00-3:00 p.m.  
Cost:  EHF Members:  $5; Non-members:  $10
Join us for a new series of Sunday afternoon programs for adults at the Elmhurst History Museum. Marion Mahony Griffin is known for a magnificent drafting style incorporating densely treed landscapes into architectural presentation drawings. She was Frank Lloyd Wright’s chief draftsperson for 14 years before embarking on a career with her husband Walter Burley Griffin that catapulted them from Chicago to Australia in 1914 after winning an international competition to design the capital city of Canberra. Author, artist and curator Debora Wood examines the trajectory of Marion’s graphic art—from children's book illustrations and architectural renderings to an exquisite series of Australian Forest Portraits. Marion’s drawing methods and her inventive adaptation of photo-reproduction processes will be discussed.
Location:  Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
More Info: or call 630-833-1457


Sunday, February 12
Marion Mahony Griffin in Mason City, IA
2:00-3:00 p.m.  
Cost:  EHF Members:  $5; Non-members:  $10
Architect John Waters of Research for Restoration and Melson House homeowner Peggy Bang will take participants on a journey exploring the beautifully designed homes and most significant projects in America that Marion Mahony Griffin and her husband, Walter Burley Griffin, designed in Mason City, IA.  At Rock Crest/Rock Glen, the Griffins envisioned a development that would conserve the natural area, and today it remains the largest collection of Prairie Style homes surrounding a natural setting.

Reservations: (Adult Programs Section) or
Location:  Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
More Info: or call 630-833-1457