Programs 

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MASK REQUIREMENTS: Per current CDC recommendations, face masks are required inside the museum and Education Center. Thank you for your cooperation. 

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ONGOING ONLINE PROGRAM
#TBT Lecture with Rob Butler: Elmhurst Greats and Grads
Available through January 2, 2022
Cost: FREE
Access: CLICK HERE to watch this pre-recorded program
Learn about the significant people who led, developed, attended and graduated from Elmhurst University during its 150-year history in this online lecture that tells the story of how a small, pre-theological school grew to become a modern university. Led by longtime faculty member and the Joan and Lester Brune Chair of History, Dr. Robert Butler.

DECEMBER 2021 PROGRAMS
Pre-Recorded Gallery Talk: An Ever-Widening Circle Exhibit
Starts: Wednesday, December 1, 2021-January 2, 2022
Cost: FREE
Access: CLICK HERE for link to pre-recorded program on YouTube
Elmhurst History Museum’s Curator of Exhibits, Dan Bartlett, leads an online pre-recorded tour of An Ever-Widening Circle: Elmhurst University at 150. Dan will share interesting stories about the university’s history while showing artifacts dating back to the early years of this Elmhurst institution. Program will be available online until January 2, 2022. 

Christmas Cracker Take Away Craft
(formerly Victorian Holiday Craft Workshop)
Date: Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 11
Times: Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Pick up kits in EHM gift shop
Cost: FREE
Reservations: CLICK HERE to reserve pick up date 
Welcome the holiday season with some Victorian era crafting fun at the museum. Participants will have the opportunity to make a traditional Christmas cracker and a hanging snowflake (one of each/person) while listening to carols and watching family-friendly holiday films. Reservations are for one hour. All-ages program takes place in the Education Center. Limit: 30 participants/hour.  

JANUARY 2022 PROGRAMS
From Prairie to Tree Town: Tales of Old Elmhurst
Date: Starts Thursday, January 6
Cost: FREE
Access: CLICK HERE starting 1/6 for link to pre-recorded program
Elmhurst History Museum Director, Dave Oberg, will take viewers on a journey through time, from the Elmhurst community’s earliest years as a remote Midwest prairie settlement on the outskirts of Chicago through the present. This engaging online pre-recorded lecture includes rare photographs, maps, images, documents, and stories from Elmhurst's rich past. This online pre-recorded program is available until 3/1/22. 

Adult Workshop: Preserving Your Family History
Date: Saturday, January 15
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 2nd Floor Gallery
Cost: $5.00/person (Free to Members)
Reservations: CLICK HERE to make a reservation on Eventbrite
Elmhurst History Museum’s Curator of Collections, Dan Lund, will provide an overview of the best practices to preserve personal photos, documents, and scrapbooks for future generations. Topics include reviewing and demonstrating ideal materials, techniques for preserving physical copies, and the best ways to scan and digitally store family memories. Limit: 15 participants.

FEBRUARY 2022 PROGRAMS
Journeying Through the American Indian Way of Life
Date: Sunday, February 6
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Elmhurst History Museum, Education Center
Cost: FREE
Reservations: CLICK HERE to make a reservation on Eventbrite
Award-winning Ojibwa author Kim Sigafus McIver takes the audience through the American Indian way of life as it once was. Interweaving history, storytelling, songs, and drumming, she will discuss the tribes that once inhabited Illinois as well as their Native traditions and culture prior to the Indian Removal Act that moved them westward. This program is supported by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars program. All-ages program!

Black History Month Book Discussion
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration 
Thursday, February 24
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 2nd Floor Gallery
Cost: FREE
Registration Required: Send e-mail to ehmprograms@elmhurst.org 
Between 1915-1970, almost six million Black citizens fled the South in pursuit of better lives and opportunities in northern and western cities. In The Warmth of Other Suns, Pulitzer Prize winning author and National Humanities Medal winner Isabel Wilkerson chronicles this often-untold facet of American history through the lives of three unique individuals. Participants will read the book and join a discussion led by museum staff. Program takes place in the 2nd floor gallery and includes after-hours access to exhibits. Limit: 20 participants.