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CELEBRATING HISTORY | Elmhurst History Museum Releases Summer Programs and Events

CELEBRATING HISTORY | Elmhurst History Museum Releases Summer Programs and Events

Get Ready for Fun with these Unique Events in Beautiful Elmhurst

Gearing up for the summer season, the Elmhurst History Museum has released their summer programs & events. From a Vintage Baseball Game to Museum Maker Mondays, there isa unique experience for everyone. A full list of programs is below. Guests are encouraged to register for events online.

JUNE 2024

Special Event

Churchville Schoolhouse Open House

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Churchville Schoolhouse; 3N784 Church Rd. Bensenville, IL 60106

Cost: FREE


Celebrate the end of the school year with family-friendly festivities at the historic Churchville One-Room Schoolhouse! Listen to the Conrad Fischer Singers and learn to dance a Virginia reel with folk music by the Cook County Revelers at this National Register of Historic Places landmark. Play old-fashioned games, take a lesson with a 1910 schoolteacher, make a craft, get your face painted, and enjoy refreshments (while supplies last).


Film Screening 

Film Screening: A League of Their Own

Friday, June 21, 2024

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Elmhurst Public Library; 125 S. Prospect Ave.

Cost: FREE


During World War II, many of the jobs that were left vacant by departing soldiers were filled by women. Not wanting baseball to become a forgotten pastime, team owners decided to take a different approach. View the popular 1992 film starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis that chronicles the lives of women breaking ground as players in the All-American Professional Girls Baseball League. Co-presented with Elmhurst Public Library. Rated PG, 2 hour & 8-minute running time. No reservation required.


Special Event

Vintage Baseball Game

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Time: 2:00 p.m. (pregame events begin at 1 p.m.)

Location: Elmhurst University College Mall; 190 S. Prospect Ave. (in front of Hammerschmidt Chapel)

Cost: FREE


Join Elmhurst University alumni and City of Elmhurst staff as they battle for victory in this year’s “Town vs. Gown” old-fashioned baseball game, played by the wildly different rules of 1858. Beginning at 1 p.m., learn about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from the WWII Girls Baseball Living History League and grab your mitt to toss the ball around before the game. Bring a picnic, lawn chair, or blanket, and get ready to cheer, jeer, and enjoy an afternoon of old-school family fun. Huzzah!


Family Drop-In Program

Museum Maker Mondays

Mondays: 6/24, 7/22, 8/12

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Location: Elmhurst History Museum & Education Center

Cost: FREE


Drop in at the museum on three select Mondays throughout the summer. Kids and caregivers can explore exhibits on a day reserved for families, play games, and complete a craft (while supplies last). Appropriate for elementary age children accompanied by an adult, no registration required. Craft activity changes monthly. Please note: Due to summer construction, crafts and games will be located inside the Education Center just south of the Glos Mansion.

JULY 2024

Special Event

Music of the 1940s with The Irving Sisters

Sunday, July 14

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: American Legion T.H.B. Post 187; 310 W. Butterfield Rd. Elmhurst

Cost: $12/person


The music of the 1940s was the soundtrack to both the battle and home front during World War II. Join us for an energetic and captivating concert featuring The Irving Sisters, classically trained singers with a serious love of three-part harmony as well as their three-piece band. Together, they evoke the sister trios of bygone days. Operation Support Our Troops – America, one of the largest volunteer-based military support organizations in the country, will also be onsite collecting much-needed items to send to our troops overseas. If you’d like to bring a donation, scan the QR code to see requested items for OSOTA’s Comfort & Care Packages.


Special Event

GreenMan Theatre Presents Stories from the Home Front

Thursday, July 25, 2024                                                                                                                      

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.                                                                                                   

Location: Elmhurst Public Library; 125 S. Prospect Ave.

Cost: FREE                                            


Journey back in time with this poignant Readers Theatre performance by Elmhurst’s own GreenMan Theatre Troupe, delving into the untold stories of those who supported the war effort from home during World War II. Presented in partnership with the Elmhurst Public Library.



Little Orphan Annie: Politics in the Funny Pages

Sunday, August 11, 2024

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.                                       

Location: Elmhurst History Museum Education Center

Cost:  FREE to Members, $5 Non-Members

Amidst the backdrop of World War II, comic strip creator and Lombardian Harold Gray utilized his “Little Orphan Annie” comic strips to depict Annie's unwavering support for the home front. Annie was one of America’s darlings, gracing the comics and airwaves, and reminding us all to ‘drink our Ovaltine.’ Join us in commemorating a century of "Little Orphan Annie" and exploring how this timeless creation played a role in shaping the cultural landscape during wartime. Presented by the Lombard Historical Museum.



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