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Elmhurst History Museum

  1. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

    February 28, 2015 - December 31, 2099 @ Elmhurst Historical Museum, 2nd Floor Gallery

    The Museum’s entire second floor gallery has been transformed into an innovative new exhibit that tells the story of Elmhurst from its earliest days to the present. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst takes visitors on a journey of discovery that shows how Elmhurst has changed and grown over the past 165 years. Experience thought-provoking displays, compelling photos and objects, a short original documentary on Elmhurst in the theatre, and travel through the city via an amazing high-tech map.

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  2. Patios, Pools & the Invention of the American Backyard

    May 4, 3:45 PM - May 29, 6:00 PM

    Explore the mid-century backyard—from the rise of suburbs and tract houses, to the beauty of postwar garden design and the birth of the environmental movement—in the Chicago area debut of this new traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian. Filled with vintage photographs, historic drawings, and period advertisements, the exhibit reveals how these spaces evolved into an integral part of American popular culture. View a supplementary local component featuring photos shared by Elmhurst families depicting their own backyards of the era. Take a seat on a lawn chair in the interactive patio display where kids can flip burgers on the “grill.” Patios, Pools & the Invention of the American Backyard is presented by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Smithsonian Garden’s Archive of American Gardens. Sponsored by locally by Bartlett Tree Experts with additional support from: American Gardens, Inc.; Baralt’s Custom Landscapes, Inc.; McFarlane Douglass & Companies; NightLi

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