PLEASE NOTE: As of November 20, 2020, the museum is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 mitigation.


 our WINTER 2020 Calendar of Events featuring many online programs.

NOTE: All programs are FREE, donations to the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation are greatly appreciated. 
CLICK HERE to make a donation.


ONLINE LECTURE: Victorian Christmas Carols
Starts Friday, November 27 through January 4   
CLICK HERE to view the prerecorded lecture starting 11/27/20

Welcome the holiday season with Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, Ph.D. and Professor of English at Indiana University East, for an online lecture exploring Victorian Christmas carols, many of which we still enjoy today. A special focus will explore carols that emerged from Victorian and English traditions. Clapp-Itnyre is an author and  scholar of music and literature studies.

FAMILY CRAFT KIT: Christmas Crackers
**Pick-Up Date/Time Change: Pick up kits on Saturday, December 5
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  
Christmas crackers have been a staple of the holiday season from their early days in Victorian England to today. Resembling a large wrapped candy, crackers are used to decorate holiday tables and contain party favors to delight recipients. Pick up a kit from our gift shop during museum hours and create your own favors for the holidays. Limit: One kit per household member, available first come/first served while supplies last.


ONLINE LECTURE: The Great Depression's Impact on Chicagoland
Starts Sunday, January 24   
Access Program: CLICK HERE to view the prerecorded lecture starting on 1/24/21
In early 1929, Chicago and the nation celebrated another prosperous year. Then came Black Thursday on October 24th when a series of further crashes eventually ushered in the Great Depression, ravaging Chicagoans financially in the economic collapse and leaving a lasting imprint on the nation. Dominic A. Pacyga, Ph.D. and Emeritus Professor of History at Columbia College Chicago, presents an illustrated lecture exploring the impact of the Great Depression on the Chicago area. Program will be available through May 2, 2021.

Wednesday, January 27   
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.  

Register: E-mail or call 630-833-1457
Read the acclaimed National Book Award-winning book by Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, that tells the story of a dozen families during the darkest days of the Depression and then join Elmhurst History Museum staff on Zoom for an engaging discussion. First of a four-part series of history-related book discussions to be presented in 2021. Link will be e-mailed to participants the week of the program. Appropriate for adults.

​ONLINE LECTURE: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Elmhurst

Starts Thursday, February 11
Access:  CLICK HERE to view the prerecorded lecture starting on 2/11/21
In the first Throwback Thursday lecture of the new year, Elmhurst History Museum’s Curator of Collections, Dan Lund, will discuss the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the New Deal-era federal program created to provide work for young men in the 1930s. Lund will detail the goals and legacy of the CCC, and focus on local projects like Camp Elmhurst, which was situated in the area from 1934-35. Program will be available online Feb. 11 through May 2.


Sunday, February 28
Access:  CLICK HERE to go to our Facebook Page
Join EHM Curator of Exhibits, Dan Bartlett, as he walks through the exhibit Together We Cannot Fail: Overcoming the Great Depression in our first floor gallery. During this gallery talk, Dan will share some of the interesting things he learned while researching, curating and designing the exhibit and answer your questions.



FACEBOOK GALLERY TALK: Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior
Available through December 20, 2020
CLICK HERE to view the prerecorded talk on Facebook
If you can’t make it to the museum to see the Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior exhibit, we’ll bring the exhibit to you! Tune in to this prerecorded gallery talk led by EHM Executive Director Dave Oberg as he shares in-depth details about the exhibit and answers your questions from the gallery. 

Churchville Schoolhouse 10th Anniversary Documentary
Available through December 30, 2020 
CLICK HERE to view the documentary
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. To commemorate the 10-year anniversary and the community-based effort that helped to preserve this local treasure, view a special pre-recorded film sharing the story of the Churchville Schoolhouse.

Stars, Stripes & Strategy: A Brief History of the Presidential Campaign Poster
Available through November 30, 2020  
CLICK HERE to view the program on YouTube

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. 

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Architecture of Space
Available through December 20, 2020  
CLICK HERE to view the program on YouTube
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.

Take a tour of Elmhurst, 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