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.






Story Color Collage


September 13th | 1-3P | DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium


Join us for the opening of our newest exhibit Inheriting DuPage: A Family History and complete a special art project. Inspired by the art of Henri Matisse, we'll use brightly colored paper to express a special family story. Each child will create a vibrant and meaningful piece of art to take home.


Ages: All
Cost: Free
Class code: 431315-01


Register online or call 630-510-4941.



Beyond the Begats: Adding Biographical Detail to Your Genealogy


September 17th | 6:30-8:30P | DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium


This is a joint program hosted by the DuPage County Historical Museum and the DuPage County Genealogical Society. Sarah A.V. Kirby, Genealogical Librarian, will provide insight on how to utilize family research information beyond names and dates. Learn what resources to find for a narrative lineage. Refreshments and socializing begin at 6:30P, followed by a short genealogical society business meeting at 7P. The program runs from 7:30-8:30P.


Ages: 12 and Up
Cost: Free


Purchase tickets online or call 630-510-4941.




Historical Illinois


September 20th | 1P | DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium


Travel the timeline of Illinois from the prairies to the urban societies of today. Hear how historical figures and events helped to meet the people's changing needs as the population grew.


Age: All
Cost: Free


Purchase tickets online or call 630-510-4941.





Historic Hike of Fullersburg Woods


October 5th | 1-2:30P | Meet and Park at Fullersburg Woods Visitor's Center


Led by Chris Gingrich, Education Outreach Specialist for the DuPage County Forest Preserve District


Take a historic hike around the trails of Fullersburg Woods and discover the history of this popular preserve. Fullersburg Woods was home to a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp during the 1930s and visitors today see a landscape that was drastically changed by the work of that agency. We will visit bridges, shelters and other structures built by the CCC workers and use historic maps and photos to learn how the area has changed over the years. Participants are encouraged to download the free HistoryPin app on their mobile devices prior to the tour so that they can access photos during the tour. For those without compatible devices access historic images will be provided for viewing.

Ages: All
Cost: Free

Registration: Required

Purchase tickets online or call 630-510-4941.


Family Tree Workshop

October 11th | 1-3P | DuPage County Historical Museum

Join us to celebrate Family History month by creating a special art project inspired by your family tree. All supplies will be provided; participants are encouraged to bring copies of photographs to use in the art project. This workshop is geared towards children ages 4-12, adults are welcome to attend and participate.

Ages: 4-12 yrs
Cost: Free
Class code: 431316-01

Register online or call 630-510-4941.


The 40th Annual Fall Fox Valley
Antiques Show presents,

"Pioneer Spirit"

Saturday, October 18 | 10A-5P
Sunday, October 19 | 10A-4P

Kane County Fairgrounds
525 S. Randall Rd, St. Charles, IL
Map & Directions

Discover exquisite antiques that focus on the "Pioneer Spirit" at the 40th Annual Fox Valley Antique Show. This highly-anticipated event will feature genuine antiques, guaranteed to be as represented and beautifully displayed in room settings by 55 dealers from 14 states with an array of 18th, 19th and early 20th century antiques.

Ages: All
Cost: $8 Admission

Sponsored by:

Please visit for more information.


Women Heroes of WWI

October 18th | 1P | DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

The DuPage County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting and program at the museum. Local Author, Kathryn Atwood will be discussing her new book Women Heroes of World War I. Considered heroines of their day, many of these courageous women's achievements were forgotten until now. Light refreshments will be served.

Ages: All
Cost: Free

Purchase tickets online or call 630-510-4941.

On Par for DuPage

2nd Annual On Par for DuPage Golf Outing
Bringing Hope and History Together

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | Arrowhead Golf Club
Proceeds benefit DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation & People's Resource Center

This Oktoberfest-themed event will feature:

- 18-Hole Scramble
- Craft Beer Tasting on the Course
- German-style Buffet Dinner
- Hole-in-one Prizes and Gimmick Holes

Pricing and Registration >

Registration pricing varies based upon selected package. Online registration will be available July 16-October 20, 2014.

Paper registration: Registration Form (PDF)


Dinner Sponsor

Fairway Sponsor

Golf Cart Sponsor

Awards Sponsor

Hole in One Sponsor

Drs. Sullivan & Suchy

Hole Sponsors

Media Sponsor




Scrapbook Workshop

November 8 | 1-3P | DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

Join us to create a special scrapbook all about you! All supplies will be provided; participants are encouraged to bring photographs and other memorabilia that they would like to include. Each participant will complete a 6" x 6" scrapbook. Registration is required

Ages: 4-12
Cost: Free

Register online or call 630-510-4941.



The Soldier’s View

November 8 | 6-7P | College of DuPage, Student Resource Center 2000

The Soldier’s View is a look at the experience of the Civil War from the perspective of the men in the ranks. Drawing from soldiers’ letters, diaries and memoirs, Robert Girardi presents the live of the common soldiers of the Union and the Confederate armies as they enlist, train, and go on campaign. Renowned historical artist, Keith Rocco, delivers the presentation against a backdrop of paintings.

Ages: All
Cost: Free

Purchase tickets online or call 630-510-4941.






Annual Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, November 15th 10am-3pm | Free Event

The DuPage County Historical Museum will hold its 31st Annual Holiday Bazaar this year. A fine selection of handmade ornaments and gifts as well as wreaths, holiday decorations and stocking-stuffers will be available. Find gifts for friends, family, teachers and colleagues. This is the perfect way to start your holiday shopping!

Interested in showcasing your handmade goods? Click here.




Santa Express - SOLD OUT

Join Kidz Kingdom and the DuPage County Historical Museum for a very special train ride. All aboard as the train departs the Wheaton station for a special visit to the "North Pole" with Santa! Come dressed in your pajamas and enjoy milk and cookies while you listen to a reading of The Polar Express. When you arrive at the "North Pole" Santa passes out a special treat for all of the passengers who truly believe in Christmas! Enjoy time with Santa and take pictures as the train returns to Wheaton.

Location: Wheaton Train Station (402 W Front Street - Map).

Scheduled Dates/Times: Sunday, December 7, 2014 11:15am-1pm
  Saturday, December 13, 2014 9:15-11am
  Sunday, December 14, 2014 9:15-11am

Cost: $16/adult and $20/child

Tickets: SOLD OUT

There is a limit of 110 participants per trip.

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



Model Train