Events:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Victorian Valentines

Saturday, February 7 | 1-3P | Museum Auditorium
Sunday, February 8 | 1-3P | Museum Auditorium


Show your love with a keepsake Victorian valentine! These hand-made works of art incorporated feathers, beads, and bits of fabric. Create your own Victorian valentine in this fun afternoon workshop.

Details
Ages: 3 & up (parents welcome)
Fee: This is a free program; donations appreciated
Register: Online or call 630-510-4941

 

 

Dupage County and the Underground Railroad

Saturday, February 21 | 6P | College of DuPage, Student Resource Center 2000

Celebrate Black History month and learn about the Underground Railroad sites in DuPage County. Glennette Tilley Turner will discuss her research on the Underground Railroad in Illinois which began at DCHM. She has served on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Advisory Committee and testified before subcommittees of the U.S. Senate and House and the Illinois Senate in support of Underground Railroad legislation. Glennette is also the author of seven books including the newly published picture book, An Apple for Harriet Tubman, and will have books available for purchase.

Details
Ages: All

Reserve your spot in this free program online or by calling 630-510-4941.

 

 

 

Gatsby Casino Night

Saturday, March 7 | 7-10P | DuPage County Historical Museum

On March 7, 2015, the DuPage County Historical Museum will transform back to the 1920's and two hundred swanky dolls and dapper dans will be participating in the annual Casino Night fundraiser event.

This year's Gatsby Casino Night's goal is to raise funds to continue offering year round free admission for all visitors as well as to assist with exhibit restoration efforts at the Museum. We are actively seeking partner organizations and cordially invite you to participate as an event sponsor.

Details
Ages: 21+
Register: Call 630.510.4941 | Purchase Tickets Online >
Tickets: $75 per person * $125 per couple * $500 group of ten

Raffle & Silent Auction Letter/Committment Form (PDF)

Volunteer at this event >

Sponsorship Opportunities >

 

Postcard History

Saturday, March 21 | 1P | Museum Auditorium

Join the DuPage County Historical Museum for the history of postcards from local historian and museum professional Brian Failing. Learn what postcards can teach people about the community they portray and the themes they show. Brian is currently pursuing a graduate degree in historical administration at Eastern Illinois University. 

Details
Ages: All

Reserve your spot in this free program online or by calling 630-510-4941.

 

 

History of Higher Education In DuPage County

Saturday, March 28 | 2P | College of DuPage, Student Resource Center 2000

Join leading educators from College of DuPage, North Central College, and Wheaton College as they discuss the growth of higher education in DuPage County. From humble seminaries and temporary buildings to internationally-recognized academic institutions, higher education in DuPage County has evolved, meeting the challenges of an ever-changing economic market and diverse community.

Details
Ages: All

Reserve your spot in this free program online or by calling 630-510-4941.

 

Save the Date for these upcoming programs...

Registrations for the following will be taken as of February 24, 2015.

 

Super Hero Engineering using LEGO®

Monday, March 30- Friday, April 3 | 9am-12pm | Museum Auditorium

Save the world with LEGO® Super Heroes! Build the hideouts and vehicles of your favorite caped crusaders and learn what makes them not only Super Heroes, but Super Hero Engineers! An experienced Play-Well instructor guides young heroes as they design, build, and save a city where ingenuity and imagination can solve any conflict.

Details
Ages: 5-7
Fee: $170/participant
Register: Available as of February 24, 2015 (Activity Number: 231458-01)

Super Hero Master Engineering using LEGO®

Monday, March 30- Friday, April 3 | 1pm-4pm | Museum Auditorium

LEGO® Super Heroes need your help to defeat the destructive forces of evil arch-villains as they threaten LEGOpolis! Explore the tools and techniques of your favorite caped crusaders and learn what makes them not only Super Heroes, but super engineers. An engineering curriculum designed by Play-Well challenges heroes to design, build, and save a city where ingenuity and imagination can solve any conflict.

Details
Ages: 8-12
Fee: $170/participant
Register: Available as of February 24, 2015 (Activity Number: 231458-02)

Landscape Workshop

Saturday, April 11 | 1-2p | Museum Auditorium

Paint a landscape masterpiece from an image using acrylics. Learn painting basics including identifying shapes, perspective, cropping and more from local artist Sara Arnas. Workshop will include canvas, adults are welcome. Landscape images will be provided; students may bring their own. Class size is limited; registration is required.

Details
Ages: 8+
Fee: FREE
Register: Available as of February 24, 2015 (Activity Number: 231459-01)

Inside Inheriting DuPage

Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 1pm | DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

Join us for in in depth look at the history of the Patricia Torode Vaillancourt Woodstrup Collection. Learn how one woman’s passion for her family’s history led to the collection’s donation and how the museum processed the collection once it was donated. Exhibit curator, Mychal Brown, and museum staff will be available to answer questions about the family and collection.

Details
Ages: All
Reserve your spot in this free program online or by calling 630-510-4941.

Fullersburg Woods Tour

Sunday, April 26 | 1-2:30P | Fullersburg Woods Visitor's Center

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.

Registration is required, space is limited

Details
Ages: All
Reserve your spot in this free program online or by calling 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.

Details
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.

Details
Ages: 12+ (Suggested)

Reserve your spot in this free program in spring 2015.


Model Train