• Categories
  • The Latest Style
  • Archives

Elgin History Museum Upcoming Events

Elgin History Museum Brown Bag Lunch:
Adam Gibbons presents: A History of Wasco IL
Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 12pm – 1pm
FREE for Members / $3 for non-members

The small village of Wasco, Illinois, located in the heart of Kane County, has a fascinating and rich history. Adam Gibbons researched this history with more than one hundred never-before-published images gathered from both private and public records. As a farming community, Wasco, IL supplied Elgin’s cheese, butter and condensed milk plants with raw milk. Wasco, IL was included in the Museum’s documentary Dairies to Prairies that tells the story of Elgin’s dairy heritage.

HISTORY at Lords Park Zoo – Summer Drop In Programs
June 8 from 1pm-2pm, June 25 from 11:30am – 12:30pm, July 20 from 1pm-2pm
Presentation held at: Lords Park Zoo, Hiawatha Drive in Lords Park, Elgin

We have three exciting programs for kids scheduled at the Lords Park Zoo this summer.

June 8 –  “Tool for Every Job”

We will explore tools from the past this a hands-on event where kids can play with old kitchen and outdoor tools such as old egg beaters, nut crackers, mallets/stakes, wrenches, apple peelers, rug beaters and more!

June 25 – “Draw and Tell Stories”

Come listen and watch as a storyteller draws while telling a story about an animal from the Lords Park Zoo. There will be a surprise at the end!

July 20 – “What Shall I Wear”

What does clothing from the past tell us about how people lived in that time period?  Why did they wear some of the things they did? We will see examples of clothing and then kids will be able to craft their own large sun hat from tissue paper or make a paper bag vest complete with Elgin pocket watch.

These events are sponsored by the Friends of Lords Park Zoo and are presented in conjunction with the Elgin History Museum.


Friends of Lords Park Zoo is a non-profit group which raises funds for a free educational zoo for Elgin and it’s surrounding communities. Starting June 1, the zoo is open from 11am – 3pm, Monday through Friday and from noon – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the resident bison, elk and white tail deer, there are calves, sheep, pigs, miniature horses, a turkey and alpacas. There is no admission fee.


Book Signing with cycling journalist Chris Register & Ernie Broadnax
June 20 from noon – 1pm

When Chris passed through Elgin on his bike tour he had a long conversation with octogenarian Ernie Broadnax at the Elgin History Museum. Now, they’re meeting again at the same place. Come hear Ernie and Chris read through that interview and answer questions about the substance of their discussion. There might even be time for an adventurous cycling story from the road, too! Books will be available for sale, and the outfitted Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bike that carried Chris through America will be on display.


  • Show Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *