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Upcoming Events and Programs

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




Painting & Wine: Lanterns - CANCELLED

Thursday, March 23 | 6:30P-8:30P | Ages 21 & up | DCHM Auditorium

Join local artist Rick Napier for an evening of painting, appetizers and wine. Create your own masterpiece under Rick’s instruction while enjoying time with friends. $40/person includes beverages and appetizers.

For more information, please call 630-510-4941.



Good Old Neon

Thursday, April 6 | 7P | DuPage County Historical Museum

Nick Freeman presents a lively and colorful talk featuring his neon sign photography taken throughout Chicagoland, showcasing familiar icons and quirky remnants from a time when brightly-lit signs filled the urban landscape. He delves into the history, production and impact of these fast-disappearing symbols of big-city glamour and commerce, and shares his affection for gritty, offbeat and unusual neon signage still to be found throughout the region.

Ages: All
Cost: Free




Cookery Manuscript Road Show

Wednesday, April 19 | 6:30-9P | DuPage County Historical Museum

The Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois (CHNI) is sending out a call for cookery manuscripts (recipes), at least 50 years old and older. Meet with an expert who can tell you more about your family recipes while they're being digitally preserved to become part of CHNI's collection. This will be a part of CHNI's digitized collection. Having such a collection of recipes and comments is an important research tool for those working on new perspectives on cultural, political, and social history.

Call 630-510-4941 to reserve your spot, reservations requested. Preserve these important family recipes in CHNI's Project. Don't let them be lost.

Ages: All
Cost: Free

Culinary Historians Recipe Forms: Word (.docx)| Acrobat (.pdf)



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Night at the Museum Children's Party

Friday, April 21 | 6:30-8:30P
DuPage County Historical Museum

Tickets: $10 per person

Free for Explorers Club Members!


There is more to explore after dark at the DuPage County Historical Museum. Join us for the second annual Night at the Museum Party.

The evening includes:

Recommended for ages 4-10. All children must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Sponsored by:





Draw DuPage

Saturday, April 22 | 1P-3P

Have your own adventure at the Museum while scavenging the new Adams' Dream and Margaret Adams Dunton Hall Art exhibits. Celebrate the Week of the Young Child by building your own model of the building and creating your own drawing of a place you love with the Museum's fun craft supplies.

Ages: All
Cost: Free



Hooked Exhibit Opening with Expert Dan Basore

Saturday, April 29 | 12-4P | DuPage County Historical Museum

View historic fishing lures in the new Hooked exhibit. Learn about a fascinating historic hobby from a professional fisherman Dan Basore. No reservation necessary.

Ages: All
Cost: Free



Fishing at Herrick Lake

Saturday, May 13 | 9A | Herrick Lake Forrest Preserve

Bring a fishing pole and learn catch and release fishing from professional fisherman, Dan Basore. Parents must accompany children. Space is limited. Registration required, call 630-510-4941 to reserve your spot.

Ages: 5-18 Yrs
Cost: $3/child



Architectural Walking Tour for Preservation Month

Saturday, May 20 | 10-11:30A | Downtown Wheaton

Stroll through historic Downtown Wheaton while learning the history and architectural features of the county seat of DuPage. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather, approximately 1.5 miles are covered. To register, call 630-510-4941 or go to our online registration page.

Ages: All
Cost: $4/child; $6/adult




Candle Crafts

Saturday, May 20 | 1-3P | DuPage County Historical Museum

Create a carved candle using the techniques of scrimshaw. Learn about American lighting, from candles to electricity in our From Flame to Fluorescent exhibit. To register, call 630-510-4941.

Ages: All
Cost: $3/person




For more information, please contact Michelle Podkowa at 630-510-4956 or




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