Gail Borden Public Library – Main Branch

Gail Borden Public Library and Elgin History Museum Trivia Night

Gail Borden Public Library - Main Branch 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL

Test your knowledge of local Elgin history with historian Jerry Turnquist during the Gail Borden Public Library and Elgin History Museum Trivia Night event. Participants can use a smartphone or a device (limited quantity) provided by the library to answer questions. Attendees may work alone or with a partner, or just watch the excitement unfold. Please register: https://attend.gailborden.info/event/10273067. The event will […]

Laura Davidson Sears Art Gallery at the Elgin Academy

Gail Borden Public Library - Main Branch 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL

Learn about the historical and cultural significance of this beautiful and important building now celebrating its 100th anniversary. Adult program. Elgin Academy opened the magnificent Greek Temple-inspired art gallery for all of Elgin in 1924. It operated as a public art museum, art gallery, performance venue and cultural center of the arts for both students of the Academy and the […]

Glimpses into Elgin History through Archived Family Letters

Gail Borden Public Library - Main Branch 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL

For adults. Join Kevin O'Connor as he discusses his book, "Two Floors Above Grief," based on a collection of letters exchanged among family members from the 1930s through the 1970s. Kevin O'Connor grew up in Elgin, where his family owned the O'Connor Funeral Home from 1930 to 1984. He will talk about how he organized the 700 pages of letters […]

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