Special Events

Upcoming Events and Programs
For reservations or more information on any of the programs listed below, please call 630-510-4941.




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.










Landmarks Illinois, The Wheaton Historic Commission & DuPage County Historical Museum host the Chicago Suburban Preservation Alliance May Meeting

Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 1- 4 pm | DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

Join fellow preservationists from Chicagoland and learn about rehabilitation and historic survey projects in our community at the May meeting of the Chicago Suburban Preservation Alliance (CSPA). The Wheaton Historic Commission will host the Saturday, May 9th meeting at a formerly "Most Endangered" historic building, the Adams Memorial Library, now known as the DuPage County Historical Museum The building, designed in 1891 by architect Charles Sumner Frost to house Wheaton's first public library, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of AIA-Illinois' Top 150 Great Places. Landmarks Illinois included it on its 2008 "Most Endangered" list, which helped bring forth a solution for the building's continued use.

Contact Lisa DiChiera, Advocacy Director at Landmarks Illinois, for more information (312) 922-1742 or email.

The event is free and open to the public, walk-ins welcome. Light refreshments will be served.










Celebrate Preservation Week in Wheaton

May 15 - 25

Take an architectural walking tour on Saturday, May 23 at 10am.

Enjoy a stroll through historic Downtown Wheaton. Learn about the people, businesses and important events that shaped our area. The tour begins at the DuPage County Historical Museum and proceeds through town. Discover the stories behind the railroad, the County Courthouse and more. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Approximately 1.5 miles are covered during the hour tour. All ages are welcome, a special scavenger hunt activity is added for children.

Fee: $4/child, $6/adult.
Call to register: 630.510.4941










Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War Event Series

This exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

Abraham Lincoln in Song

Friday, May 15 | 6:30pm | DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

Abraham Lincoln's life spanned a period of great change, growth and struggle in our young nation, and the music of his era movingly characterizes these remarkable times. Nationally acclaimed musician Chris Vallillo performs his award-winning selection of songs directly associated with Lincoln himself. The listener will gain a better understanding of what drove the interests and passions of one of America's greatest presidents.

Ages: All

Reserve your spot in this free program in spring 2015.










Walt Whitman’s Lincoln

Thursday, May 28 | 6:30pm | DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman shared mutual admiration for each other. Whitman wrote two of his most famous poems, "O Captain, My Captain" and "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," in tribute to the assassinated President. In this presentation, esteemed storyteller and actor Brian "Fox" Ellis re-creates one of the lectures that Whitman delivered annually on Lincoln's birthday after his death. These lectures interspersed commentary on the significance of Lincoln's life and work with Whitman's Civil War poems.

Ages: 12+ (Suggested)

Reserve your spot in this free program in spring 2015.


This event has been funded by the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Speakers Bureau. The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly, as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, the IHC, our partnering organizations or our funders.










Civil War Detectives

Saturday, June 20 | 1-3P | FREE | Ages 6-12 years | DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

Become a Civil War detective! Learn how to decode Civil War photographs and transcribe letters and diaries from soldiers. Tour Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War exhibit with staff. Open registration begins May 26.

Activity Number 331460-01










Victorian Craft Day

Saturday, July 11 | 1-3P | FREE | Ages 4-18 years | DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

Stop by the Museum to enjoy a day of Victorian crafts! Create a quilt squares, learn needlepoint, or design a Victorian greeting card. Open registration begins May 26.

Activity Number 331461-01










Preserving Your Family History: An Archival Workshop

Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 7P | FREE | All Ages | College of DuPage Library, SRC 2032

College of DuPage archivist Jenny Dunbar will share her experiences and demonstrate techniques for the preservation of family photos and artifacts.

To print your free ticket, go to or call 630-510-4941.










Walking Tour of Historic Fischer Farm

Saturday, August 15, 2015 | 1P | FREE | All Ages | Fischer Farm, Bensenville, Illinois

In 1831, the first American settlers from New England, followed by German immigrants, began to enter present-day DuPage County. In the northeast corner of the county one of the few tangible links to that frontier era remains largely intact. Fischer Farm, a portion of one of the oldest homesteads in DuPage County, still stands and is currently operated by the Bensenville Park District. Fischer Farm and DuPage County Historical Museum are proud to celebrate 175 years of DuPage County. Join Curator Jonathan Sebastian for a tour of the property including nine historic structures and a first-hand glimpse into the agricultural past of DuPage County. Bring a picnic blanket and lunch to enjoy the farm before the tour.

To print your free ticket, go to or call 630-510-4941.










Model Train