Elgin Hay Day on Elgin's West Side

Shamrock Park (map)

Elgin Hay Day, a family-friendly event on Elgin’s far west side, returns on Saturday August 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The location will be announced soon.

The event will get you ready for fall with hayrides, a petting zoo, crafts, potato sack races, a hay maze and other fun activities. Enjoy food from local vendors and live music.

Dairies to Prairies Open House at the home of Aubrey and Rachel Neville

Aubrey and Rachel Neville invite you to view their dairy and wagon collection, and prairie restoration featured in the Elgin History Museum’s Dairies to Prairiesdocumentary.

  • Explore the prairie featured in the Dairies to Prairies documentary and talk to naturalists about the progress of the restoration project.

  • View the Neville’s extensive milk bottle and milk wagon collection. There will be a talk about the wagon collection in the Buggy Barn at 11:30am and at 2:30pm.

  • Watch Dairies to Prairies in the afternoon.

  • Bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds. Plenty of trails, gardens and native plants to see.

FREE event. Donations to the Elgin History Museum are encouraged.

NEVILLE PROPERTY:  39W714 MCDONALD RD, CAMPTON HILLS, IL

Linda Rock at Sun City Huntley presenting Elgin American Compacts

Sun City (map)

Elgin American Compacts: The Business of Making Women Beautiful

Using her collection of Elgin American powder compacts, Elgin historian Linda Rock describes the evolution of women’s makeup from Egyptian times to today. Audience volunteers will become makeup artists and makeup models from the 1920s and 1950s. 

Location
Sun City
12940 Del Webb Blvd
Huntley, IL 60142 United States

Downtown Neighborhood Association's Farmer’s Market Local History Day

Celebrate Elgin’s local history at the Elgin Farmers Market. Stop by community partner booths featuring the Elgin History Museum and find out about the Historic Elgin House Tour.

Presented by AMITA Health, the Elgin Farmers Market takes place along South Grove Ave, between DuPage Court and Fulton Street from 3pm to 7pm. You can pick up fruits, vegetables, eggs, fresh fish and meat, honey and more (specific offerings based on availability and seasonality). Other items for purchase will also be available, including handmade crafts, pet products, as well as body care items.

For a complete list of vendors, parking details and more visit:
www.DowntownElgin.com/Farmers-Market

Historic Elgin House Tour

EXPLORE ELGIN’S UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE

The Historic Elgin House Tour has put Elgin on the map, on the calendars, and in the hearts of people across this region. We have opened the doors to some 229 homes across ten quintessential Elgin neighborhoods since our first tour in 1981. The Historic Elgin House Tour is an open format architectural tour.  This year we are showcasing Elgin’s Far East Side. You may tour the homes in any order on either of the two days. At each home docents will lead you through the house explaining its architectural features as well information about the home’s original owners, architect, or local significance. There are a number of walking lectures to choose from included in your ticket as well. For more information and to buy tickets online click here. 

Tickets are available for purchase at the Museum after August 1st. Cash only.

Family Fringe part of the Elgin Fringe Festival

The Elgin Fringe Festival Family Fringe is a FREE celebration of the arts featuring hands-on arts & crafts projects, live performances, games, a bounce house, and our favorite juggler Brad French!

Family Fringe is free and open to the public. Admission to the Museum is also FREE.

The 2019 Elgin Fringe Festival is brought to you by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and Side Street Studio Arts and is supported by the Hemmens Cultural CenterElgin Art ShowcaseElgin Public HouseMartini Room, and Blue Box Cafe.

Historic Elgin House Tour

EXPLORE ELGIN’S UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE

The Historic Elgin House Tour has put Elgin on the map, on the calendars, and in the hearts of people across this region. We have opened the doors to some 229 homes across ten quintessential Elgin neighborhoods since our first tour in 1981. The Historic Elgin House Tour is an open format architectural tour.  This year we are showcasing Elgin’s Far East Side. You may tour the homes in any order on either of the two days. At each home docents will lead you through the house explaining its architectural features as well information about the home’s original owners, architect, or local significance. There are a number of walking lectures to choose from included in your ticket as well. For more information and to buy tickets online click here. 

Tickets are available for purchase at the Museum after August 1st. Cash only.

Opening Reception – Artwork by Joel Sheesley “A Fox River Testimony”

Elgin History Museum (map)

About 20 selected works from A Fox River Testimony, the collection of original Fox River paintings by artist Joel Sheesley will be on view until November 15th.

Joel partnered with The Conservation Foundation’s Fox River Initiative, an environmental education and outreach program about the Fox River and the Fox Valley. Art of the Fox is one of three key pillars for the Fox River Initiative, and was intended to broaden interest in the health of the Fox River by appealing to the river’s aesthetic value. Joel painted 90+ landscapes in two years travelling from West Dundee all the way down to Ottawa where the Fox joins the Illinois River.

The goal of the Art of the Fox project was to help people see the Fox River more deeply. The more they see their river, the more they will connect with it, enjoy it and help care for it. Thank you to the Conservation Foundation for helping organize this great exhibit!
http://www.theconservationfoundation.org
https://artofthefox.org

Please register for this event. You may do so here: https://elginhistory.org/event/new-art-exhibit-at-the-elgin-history-museum-a-fox-river-testimony-by-joel-sheesley/

Silent City Memorial Dedication at Bluff City Cemetery

Bluff City Cemetery (map)

When Bluff City Cemetery opened in 1889, many of the graves and monuments from Channing Street Cemetery were transferred to this location. When there were no family members to pay the cost of moving the graves, the remains stayed at Channing. When they started to dig the foundation for Channing School in 1968, many remains were found and brought to Bluff City for re-burial in a common grave. The injustice of the common grave really affected Elgin historian Steve Stroud and he started fundraising for a memorial headstone. Sadly, Steve passed away on April 5, 2019. With the funds received for his memorial, his vision of a memorial headstone for those buried in the common grave will become a reality.

Join Elgin History Museum as we dedicate a granite memorial marker in memory of the remains buried in the common grave area in Bluff City Cemetery. A tree and bench will also be dedicated in memory of the late Steve Stroud. 

Cake and coffee will be served. Mayor Kaptain and Elgin’s Poet Lauriet Chasity Gunn will speak.

Bluff City Cemetery Walk

Bluff City Cemetery (map)

he Bluff City Cemetery Walk has been an Elgin tradition since 1987. The purpose of this event is to provide insight into Elgin’s unique history, enjoy the beauty of the Bluff City grounds and educate people about the importance of preserving cemeteries. The Elgin Area Historical Society and Elgin History Museum organize this much anticipated event that attracts over three hundred people a year. The Bluff City Cemetery is located at 945 Bluff City Blvd, one block south of U.S. 20 on Elgin’s east side. All the participants organizing and participating in the event are volunteers.

Learn more about this event and to purchase tickets here: https://elginhistory.org/events/cemetery-walk/

Betsey Means portrayal of Jane Addams at Elgin History Museum

Elgin History Museum (map)

Betsey Means is a professional actress who has performed with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare on the Green, Blue Rider Theatre, and Chicago Children’s Theatre, among other groups.She represents the group “WomanLore” who offers one-woman performances adapted directly from journals, autobiographies, and personal writings. Audiences enjoy a complete theatrical experience, authentically costumed and accurately evoking a bygone era.
Betsey will portray Jane Addams (1860-1935) who was a crusader for social justice, a dedicated American who devoted her life to caring for the underprivileged and oppressed and to fighting for the rights of workers, women and children.