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May Events at The Elgin History Museum

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Saturday, May 11, 2019 to Thursday, May 30, 2019

May is Preservation Month!

We love to educate people on the importance of preservation and we put together a packed schedule for May! If there is a link provided, you can register for an event. Registration is not necessary to attend the event, we just like to get an idea of how many people may join us.

On, MAY 11, Bill Briska will host a walking tour of Hillside Cemetery, the burying ground for the old Elgin State Hospital. Tour the cemetery and discover this little known site and some stories it has to tell. The tour will start at Highlands Golf Course / Elgin Sports Complex. Please register on our website.

Bring your lunch to the Museum on MAY 16 at 12:00 pm and enjoy Marge Rowe’s presentation of the history of Lords Park and Lords Park Zoo, one of the few municipally owned zoos in the state. Drinks and dessert provided. Please register on our website.

Have you ever wondered who built your house or who lived there before you? Are you looking for inspiration to help restore your historic home? The Museum has the resources and the researchers to find out! Walk through the fascinating process of looking back in time, learn some amazing facts, and hopefully find some old photos on MAY 16 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Elgin’s finest researchers Rebecca Hunter and David Siegenthaler will be on hand to help. Please register on our website.

Join us at beautiful Hawthorne Hill Nature Center (28 Brookside Drive, Elgin) on MAY 18 at 2:00 pm to learn the history of Walton Island. Can you imagine this special piece of land was once considered a community eyesore? Elgin History Museum president Al Walters will demonstrate how preservation can create something really special.

We have another great walking tour this month on MAY 23 at 6:30 pm. Join Jerry Turnquist and learn about Elgin’s evolution as a city and its reputation as a “city of churches” during this 90-minute walking tour of Holy Hill and the Historic District. Please register on our website.

Finally, on MAY 30 at 7:00 pm you can see Jerry Turnquist at the Gail Borden Library to present Elgin during D-Day that will explain The impact of World War 2 and D-Day on Elgin citizens both at home and abroad. Please register on Gail Borden Library’s website.

We hope this month’s events have provoked thoughtfulness about how we can all do our part to support preservation. We would love to hear your feedback about our events or preservation in general! Email the museum anytime.
Thanks for your support,
Elgin History Museum


* June 8-9 Elgin Civil War Experience
* History at the Lords Park Zoo educational events for kids
* July 14th Annual Classic Car Show at the Elgin History Museum

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