Inheriting DuPage: A Family History
September 13th, 2014-September 7th, 2015 | DuPage County Historical Museum
Learn about the founding era of the county through an in-depth look at the immigration and settlement stories of the extended family of Patricia Torode Vaillancourt Woodstrup, a descendant of several DuPage first families. Follow their involvement in early DuPage community life and see how they shaped the future of the county.
Event and Lecture Series brought to you by the Conrad and Doris Brassine Charitable Fund and the History DuPage Fund of the DuPage Community Foundation.
Educational series sponsored by:
To learn more about becoming a sponsor of the Inheriting DuPage exhibit, please click here.
Enduring Values in a Changing Landscape
Journey through 150 years of history, from the settlement of DuPage County through the celebration of the 1989 sesquicentennial year. From major events to the smallest details of daily life, learn about the richness of life in DuPage County. Watch the mini documentary, "The Changing Face of DuPage," and listen to a soldier's fascinating Civil War experiences.
All Aboard and HO Gauge Model
All Aboard features artifacts and historical information on railroads in DuPage County. Located in the same space is the HO Gauge Model Railroad compliments of the DuPage Society of Model Engineers. The detailed layout covers over 2,000 feet of track and highlights some of DuPage County's railroads and landmarks in a landscape blending fact and fantasy. The model railroad is always on display and has a pushbutton activated train loop for visitors to enjoy when the Society is not operating the layout. The Engineers operate the entire railroad on the third and fifth Saturday of the month.
Interested in volunteering for the DuPage Society of Model Engineers? Click here for additional details.
Trains run from 1:30-3:30 pm on the third and fifth Saturday of each month.
2015 Train Day Calendar
January 17 & 31
May 16 & 30
August 15 & 29
October 17 & 31
Inside History Gallery
This space has gone through some great changes in the past years. For young visitors, we've added a play kitchen station, historic costumes, and a wooden railroad.
The DuPage County Historical Museum aims to keep these interactive activities coming, and we can do so with your help! An architecture and correspondence station are in the works, as well as expansions to the already existing activities.
The station themes include:
Local groups and organizations are invited to sponsor a station or part of a station. Interested parties can leave their contact information at the front desk to learn how to become involved.
Help the museum raise $10,000 to complete this project!
36th Illinois Infantry Regiment National Colors
Infantry Regiment of the Civil War, also known as the Fox Valley Regiment was organized in Aurora in September of 1861. According to the Adjutant General's Report, the Regiment included 965 officers and enlisted men, forty-seven being from DuPage County. Officers from Cook, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lawrence, McHenry and Warren Counties completed the regiment.
The 36th Illinois fought in many battles including Pea Ridge, Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Resaca, Adairsville, Dallas, Kenesaw, Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville.
Made of painted silk, this flag was brought back to Springfield after the war. Recently professionally conserved with intensive cleaning and precise repair of the fabric, the restoration of the flag has ensured that it will be an educational tool for generations to come. The restoration was made possible by generous efforts of the Illinois State Military Museum, The Illinois National Guard, the DuPage County Historical Museum, Illinois Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Camps 1 and 2, The Civil War Roundtable of Chicago, The Salt Creek Civil War Roundtable, the McCormick Foundation and many individuals. The National Colors will remain at the DuPage County Historical Museum through July 2015, on loan from the Illinois State Military Museum.
The guidon flag was carried by the soldiers of the 8th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War. Beginning in early 1862, the 8th Illinois was stationed in Washington D.C. and attached to the Army of the Potomac, fighting in their first battle at Williamsburg. The unit also fought in a number of engagements including Mechanicsville (Seven Days Battle), Hanover Court House, Seven Pines, Brandy Station, Middleburg, Upperville, and Gettysburg.
The 8th Illinois aided in the hunt for John Wilkes Booth, President Abraham Lincoln's assassin, and served as Lincoln's honor guard while he lay under the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C.
Restoration of the flag began last August at the Peebles Island Resource Center in New York. A total of $20,000 was raised to fund the work through the combined efforts of the DuPage County Historical Museum, the Illinois State Military Museum, the Illinois National Guard and Militia Historical Society and the 8th Illinois Cavalry Reenactors.
The Guidon will remain at the DuPage County Historical Museum through February, 2015, on loan from the Illinois State Military Museum.
Watch a video of the 8th Illinois Cavalry Guidon Dedication held on July 1, 2012.