PROGRAMS

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ONGOING ONLINE PROGRAMS
Take Your Best Travel Photos 
CLICK HERE to access this pre-recorded program here through Oct. 11
Join professional photographer Kimberly Felten as she shares some of her best personal photos and discusses useful tools and techniques to take memorable travel photos.

Along the Way: Midwest Road Sides and Rest Stops


CLICK HERE to access this pre-recorded program through Oct. 11

Join Illinois historian Joanna Dowling for a trip through the Midwest via some of the regions lesser-recognized roadside rest stops and waysides. 

FALL 2020 ONLINE PROGRAMS


Inner State: A Journey in Search of Roadside Attractions
Access Program: CLICK HERE through Oct. 11  FREE

Actor and storyteller Errol McLendon presents a solo debut performance of his story, “Inner State: A Journey in Search of Roadside Attractions.” McLendon takes the audience on a journey in search of vintage roadside attractions where he finds an appreciation and awareness of the richness they once offered, grief over their disappearance — and where he discovers a shuttered trove of oddities at the King of All Roadside Attractions. This program will be available online through Oct. 11. McLendon will soon be performing his full-length solo show, "Roadside Attraction: Forgotten Present, Remembered Past" (venue TBA), and he will be part of an upcoming storytelling event, "Voicebox Live," at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn on Oct. 13. 

Leslie Goddard Presents: Alice Paul, Winning Votes for Women
Starts Sunday, September 27-October 11  FREE
Access Program: CLICK HERE starting 9/27/20

Alice Paul (1885-1977) was a dynamic suffragist leader who used radical techniques and strategies to help win American women the right to vote in 1920. Join first person presenter and historian Leslie Goddard as she gives a dramatic portrayal of this amazing feminist, activist, and important figure in U.S. history in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. 

Churchville Schoolhouse 10th Anniversary Commemoration
Starts Saturday, October 17  FREE
Access Program: CLICK HERE starting 10/17/20
In 2010, after an extensive restoration, the Elmhurst History Museum reopened the historic Churchville Schoolhouse—one of the last remaining one-room schoolhouses in Illinois that dates to circa 1850 and is listed on the National Register of History Places. Over the past decade, the Schoolhouse has provided a memorable living history experience for hundreds of children and breathed new life into this significant DuPage County landmark. To commemorate the 10-year anniversary and the community-based effort that helped to preserve this local treasure, join us for an online pre-recorded video presentation sharing the story of the Churchville Schoolhouse.

Edgar Allen Poe: Spooky Stories from the Schoolhouse
Starts Friday, October 23-November 30  FREE
Access Program: CLICK HERE starting 10/23/20

On a dark and stormy night, we’ll be conjuring up Halloween spirit at the historic Churchville Schoolhouse through readings of Edgar Allen Poe’s scariest works. Gather your fearless friends and tune in online as EHM staff members tap into creepy classics like “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and more. Program duration: Appr. 30 minutes. 

Stars, Stripes & Strategy: A Brief History of the Presidential Campaign Poster

Starts Thursday, October 29-November 30  FREE
Access Program: CLICK HERE starting 10/29/20

On the brink of America’s 2020 presidential election, Elmhurst History Museum’s Executive Director Dave Oberg puts campaigns into perspective with a sweeping analysis of more than two centuries of famous and infamous presidential campaign posters and the underlying strategies that drove them. View images of iconic posters and hear about local stories of presidents and presidential candidates who visited Elmhurst over the years.

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Architecture of Space
Starts Sunday, November 1-December 20  FREE
Access Program: CLICK HERE starting 11/1/20
From Unity Temple to the Guggenheim Museum, the dynamic interior spaces of Wright’s buildings were integrally tied to the overall forms of these structures. For Wright form did not follow function, “form and function were one.” John H. Waters, Preservation Programs Manager at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, will share images and insights into the spaces that Wright created and discuss the importance of preserving his buildings for future generations. Program will be available through December 20, 2020.

VIRTUAL FAMILY WORKSHOP
Art Glass Made Wright
Thursday, November 5  FREE

Registration Required: ONLINE at elmhurstpubliclibrary.org
Learn about architect Frank Lloyd Wright and make a "stained glass window" craft in this virtual program presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Register on the Elmhurst Public Library’s website starting Oct. 17 to receive the Zoom link. Registrants may pick up the supply kit for the class at the library beginning Oct. 17. Suitable for grades 3-8. EPL card not required.

FACEBOOK LIVE GALLERY TALK
Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior
Sunday, November 15  12:00 p.m.  FREE
Access Program: Link to EHM Facebook
If you can’t make it to the museum to see Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior, we’ll bring the exhibit to you! Tune in via Facebook Live as EHM Executive Director Dave Oberg shares in-depth details about the exhibit and answers your questions from the gallery. 


Elmhurst Outdoor History Tours 
Take a tour of Elmhurst, either on foot or two wheels, and try out a fun plaque scavenger hunt to share with family and friends while adhering to safe social distancing. Stop by our front porch to pick up a map/info sheet or download below. 

Elmhurst Walking & Biking Tours


Embark on a local biking or walking tour that takes a 5K loop through Elmhurst pointing out interesting historical places and sights along the way. DOWNLOAD MAP HERE

Bronze Plaque Adventure Scavenger Hunt


Take a trip through time and learn a little local history while searching for Elmhurst treasures captured in bronze (and stone). Look for clues at each location and fill in the answers to become an Elmhurst history detective. Appr. 1.5-mile loop through downtown Elmhurst, starts and ends at EHM. DOWNLOAD MAP/CLUES HERE