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    Elgin History Museum Upcoming Events

    Elgin History Museum Reopens on July 8

    The Elgin History Museum will reopen to the public on July 8, 2020. The Museum has taken many precautions so visitors, staff, and volunteers can enjoy a safe experience.
    ● Face coverings will be required to be worn at all times while inside the Museum.
    ● Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the Museum.
    ● The gift shop / admission area has been updated with a plastic shield to conduct transactions.
    ● Museum staff and volunteers have been trained in new strict sanitizing procedures.
    ● Social distancing will be required, and the docents will be there to help guide the flow of people in the Museum.
    The Museum will continue to be open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am until 4pm.

    The Museum is excited to welcome visitors to view a new photography exhibit by Ira A. Marcus entitled “Art in Artifacts: Where History Meets Art.” Ira volunteers his skills at the Museum to photograph artifacts for the Museum’s on-line catalog. In this exhibit, Ira highlights the intrinsic beauty of these historical objects, some with a bit of whimsy. Prints and other merchandise with the images will be available for sale online.

    360 Park Street
    Elgin, IL 60120
    Phone: (847) 742-4248


    Remembering Walton Island with Al Walters Virtual event July 9, 2020 at 7pm

    Presented by Gail Borden Public Library.

    One of Elgin’s most beautiful parks, Walton Island was once thought of as an island of mud and an eyesore. This presentation and discussion will also touch on the history of the Fox River shoreline that surrounds Walton Island.

    Elgin History Museum President, Al Walters, will take us through the storied history of what is now one Elgin’s greatest assets.

    Please register to watch this online program. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the program via Zoom.


    Elgin History Museum Annual Classic Car Show…now a Classic Car Cruise!
    July 18, 2020 at 11am (Rain date July 19, 2020)

    Since 2012, the Classic Car Show has been a summer staple on the Elgin History Museum front lawn. This year it’s going on the road! Enjoy a parade of classic cars through one of the most beautiful historic neighborhoods in Elgin. Cars will leave the Museum at 11am, cruise the Gifford Park Neighborhood, and return to the Museum for an awards ceremony. You are invited to use the Museum grounds to watch the cars or in the Eastside Neighborhood Garden on Channing Street. The Museum will also be open from 11am – 4pm (face coverings required to enter, $3 admission). The Car Cruise is free, but donations are encouraged.

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