Victory at Home: 1941-1945

Calendar IconOpen through August 18, 2024

Ticket IconFree Admission


Explore Our Nation's Home Front Efforts during World War II

Spurred by the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States entered the Second World War. President Roosevelt urged every citizen to answer the call to fight, whether overseas or at home. The exhibition, Victory at Home: 1941-1945, explores the national effort to support the military during the war. This resilient and steadfast generation of civilians helped lead the Allies to victory through united efforts such as rationing, women in the workforce, increased war production, purchasing war bonds, and so much more. These efforts taught Americans how to economize, to alleviate the domestic hardships and mental fatigue a nation at war often experiences. The exhibition includes compelling artifacts, photographs, and interactive audio-video stations with hands-on experiences to demonstrate the significant contribution Chicagoland residents, including those in Elmhurst, had on the home front effort.

Elmhurst’s Hometown Heroes

Deadline Extended! We are now accepting applications through April 15, 2024. Applications are also expanded to veterans who lived in Elmhurst before, during, or after WWII.

The Elmhurst History Museum and Elmhurst Heritage Foundation are excited to partner with Elmhurst City Centre to honor our veterans. Over 1,800 residents of Elmhurst served in the military, and we hope to honor a few of these men and women by featuring them on lamp post banners along a section of York Street from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2024.

We invite you to nominate your own veteran to be included in the project:

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Due to the limited number of banners, applications are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Operation Support Our Troops – America

To honor the home front efforts of those in the Elmhurst area, we have partnered with Operation Support Our Troops – America, one of the largest volunteer-based military support organizations in the country, to send care packages overseas to our troops during the run of Victory at Home: 1941-1945.

Through August, we will collect and deliver donations each month. If you’d like to contribute to our efforts, please bring donations to the museum during our regular hours.

Please see a list of needed items below:

Operation Save Our Troops

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