Elgin's Cultural Gem: The Sears Art Gallery at Elgin Academy

Elgin's Cultural Gem: The Sears Art Gallery at Elgin Academy

Gail Borden Public Library (map)

The Beaux Arts-style Sears Gallery opened in 1924 as a donation from Judge Nathaniel and Laura Sears. It was Elgin's first art museum and recital hall, and a significant part of Elgin Academy's campus. Ann Chipman will present a fascinating history of the building, the art collection, and a look at Elgin's cultural life in the years after the World War II. Please note: This event is being held at the Main Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library -…

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Elgin History Museum Benefit and Silent Auction

Grand Victoria Casino (map)

Join us at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin for our Annual Museum Benefit and Silent Auction. Come out for a good cause and to say hello. Members $45/Guests $55 Entertainment will be provided by folk singer Bucky Halker. Bucky Halker began to examine the folk music history of Illinois and soon discovered that the Land of Lincoln may well have the most diverse and vibrant musical traditions of any state in the nation. He will present his brand of Folksongs of Illinois, a CD series that includes five volumes.

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2018 DECEMBER HERITAGE PLAQUE AWARDS

2018 DECEMBER HERITAGE PLAQUE AWARDS

Elgin History Museum (map)

Join the Elgin Heritage Commission in celebrating Elgin's history!

Elgin’s plaque program has been a popular program since 1986 for it identifies and promotes awareness and appreciation of those buildings in Elgin which have historical and architectural value. Each year, property owners who have completed research on their home’s architecture and history are awarded plaques for their efforts.  For each selected home, the homeowner is presented with a plaque and certificate that states the date of construction and the original owner’s name.

In addition, all of the information collected including photographs and historic documents are then placed on the Heritage Commission’s Award Winning Historic Elgin website accessible to not only our residents but as well as visitors interested in learning more about what makes Elgin a preservation destination.