Adult Programs


Download our current Calendar of Events for Fall 2016. View a brochure with the 2016 Marion Mahony Griffin exhibit-related programs only.


Graceland Cemetery Tour:  Women of Influence

Tuesday, October 25
  Time: 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. 
Cost: Elmhurst Heritage Foundation Members:  $30; Non-members:  $35

During Chicago’s period of growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women played a major role in many historic events:  they participated in the Underground Railroad, exhibited the first Modern Art paintings, created the juvenile justice system, and even foiled a plot to kill President Lincoln. This tour, presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, celebrates the achievements of women in Chicago history who are buried in Graceland (including Marion Mahony Griffin), remembering their influence on architecture, arts, education and more. Co-presented by the Elmhurst History Museum and the Elmhurst Public Library.  Note: Rain or shine and includes 2 hours of walking through the cemetery.  Please bring a snack and water for bus ride home.
Location: Tour begins at Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst

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Marion Mahony Griffin: A Force of Nature

Tuesday, November 1  
Time: 7 p.m.  FREE
 to Members, $5 Non-Members
An extraordinary graphic artist, architect, and landscape architect, Marion Mahony Griffin was no less than a force of nature who today is approaching legendary status. Turning her world upside down in 1914, she and her husband Walter Burley Griffin relocated from Chicago to Sydney to orchestrate the realization of their prize-winning design for Australia’s capital city, Canberra. Long fascinated with and inspired by the natural world, Mahony Griffin was enraptured by the Australian landscape. Christopher Vernon, professor of design and landscape architecture at the University of Western Australia and an international authority on the lives and works of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, presents an illustrated lecture surveying Mahony Griffin’s little known practice as a landscape architect and the legacy of Marion’s impressive work for Canberra and the world.
Location:  Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
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Women of Steel & Stone:  Inspirational Architects, Engineers & Landscape Designers from 1800s to Today

Thursday, November 17 
Time: 1-2:15 p.m.  FREE

Anna M. Lewis, best-selling author of Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers, shares stories of female architects, engineers, and landscape designers from the 1800s to today. Subjects include Marion Mahony Griffin, who worked alongside Frank Lloyd Wright to establish his distinct architectural-drawing style; Emily Warren Roebling, who took over duties as chief engineer on the Brooklyn Bridge project after her husband fell ill; Beverly L. Greene, the first African American woman in the country to get her architecture license; and Zaha Hadid, one of the first women to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Location:  Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst

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