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Elgin History Museum Events Sept 13th, 14th 22nd & 29th

September 13 at 6:30pm

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

Free event, please register.

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. Original paintings, limited edition prints and A Fox River Testimony coffee table books, which combine Joel’s exquisite writings with his stunning paintings, will be for sale during the reception.

Please register for this event here:


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.

About The Conservation Foundation


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September 14 at 3:00pm

Silent City Memorial Dedication at Bluff City Cemetery

FREE event

When Bluff City Cemetery opened in 1889, many of the graves and monuments from Channing Street Cemetery moved 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 surfaced during the digging and were brought to Bluff City for re-burial in a common grave. Although the City of Elgin buried the remains, a memorial marker was never placed on the site. Local Elgin historian Steve Stroud and author of the booklet, Silent City: A History of Elgin’s City Cemeteries, was working towards creating a

marker before he died earlier this year. With the funds received in memory of Steve, 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.

Illinois State Representative Anna Moeller, Mayor David Kaptain and Elgin’s Poet Laureate Chasity Gunn will speak.Cake and coffee will be served.


September 22 from 11am – 3pm

32nd Annual Bluff City Cemetery Walk

Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd, Elgin, IL

$10 per person for Elgin History Museum members and Seniors 65+, $12 for non-members. Kids 12 and under are FREE.

Purchase tickets online https://elginhistory.org/shop-category/event-tickets/  Tickets will be sold for $15 on the day of the event

September 22 from 11am – 3pmAt the Elgin History Museum’s 32nd Annual Cemetery Walk on Sunday, September 22, a guide leads visitors on a 90-minute tour through the scenic Bluff City Cemetery. The tour takes visitors to the gravesites of five former residents, portrayed by actors in period costumes.

  • Artist Laura Bray

As a young Elgin artist, Ms. Bray designed an iconic World War I recruiting poster.

  • Businessman A.B. Church

One of the greatest personal benefactors Elgin ever knew, the Church Family donated the first Elgin Public Library in honor of their famous stepfather, Gail Borden.

  • Entertainers Carl & Maude Parlasca

Mr. and Mrs. Parlasca spent their lives organizing the Hiawatha Pageant for the Elgin community for 50 summers, 1929 – 1979.

  • Businessman Benjamin Pearsall

This intrepid entrepreneur made money making margarine in a butter town.

  • Artist Trygve Rovelstad

Another talented Elgin artist who designed the American Roll of Honour in London and many American war medals and other government medals. Trygve Rovelstad also created the Pioneer Memorial along the Elgin Riverwalk.

Visitors will also learn about other fascinating people buried in the cemetery and various cemetery symbolism all while strolling the expansive cemetery grounds. Tours leave constantly starting at 11am with the last one leaving at 3pm. The walk is about 3/4 of a mile in total, and there will be chairs available at most stops.

The purpose of this event is to provide insight into Elgin’s unique history, enjoy the beauty of the Bluff City Cemetery grounds and educate people about the importance of preserving cemeteries. Volunteers at the Elgin History Museum organize this much anticipated event that attracts hundreds of people each year.

A bus tour is provided for guests with limited mobility. Please fill out a form online or call the Museum at 847-742-4248 for more information. Bus tours will leave at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Please make your reservation by September 21, 2019.

A tour presented in American Sign Language will leave the entry at 1pm. No special reservations are needed for this tour. Bathroom facilities are available at the beginning and mid-way through the tour. Food trucks will be at the entrance to the cemetery. The tour goes on rain or shine.

Tickets can be purchased with credit card online at https://elginhistory.org/shop-category/event-tickets/

Tickets can be purchased with check or cash in-person at:

-Elgin History Museum, 360 Park Street, Elgin,

-ACE Hardware, 215 N. Spring and 1158 Lillian Street, Elgin


September 29 at 4pm

Theater Production of Bluff City Cemetery Walk: Silent City Speaks

IGLESIA PRINCIPE DE PAZ CHURCH, 263 DuPage Street, Elgin, IL 60102

Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 on the day of the event. Cash or charge.

The recently renovated Iglesia Principe de Paz Church will be hosting the Elgin History Museum’s FIRST indoor Bluff City Cemetery Walk entitled Silent City Speaks. The same volunteer actors that portrayed characters in the Bluff City Cemetery Walk on September 22 will bring the characters to life on the stage. Artist Laura Bray, businessman A.B. Church, entertainers Carl & Maude Parlasca, businessman Benjamin Pearsall, and artist Trygve Rovelstad will be featured.

This event has been created as an additional way for people to enjoy the Bluff City Cemetery Walk who are unable to attend the outdoor version because of scheduling conflicts or limited mobility.

Built in 1892, Iglesia Principe De Paz was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1980. It was first reopened to the public this year in May for the Mayor’s Preservation month award ceremony. The Museum welcomes you to see the church, then sit back and relax and watch our volunteer actors portray some of Elgin’s past residents talk about their lives in Elgin.


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