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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.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Craft Workshop

Saturday, November 5 | 1P-3P | Museum Auditorium | All Ages

Make and decorate a small Christmas wreath to celebrate the holidays. This is a free family event. Registration begins August 4, class #431424-01.

 

 

33rd Annual Museum Guild Bazaar

Saturday, November 12 | 10A-3P | Museum Auditorium | All Ages

The DuPage County Historical Museum Guild will hold its 33rd Annual Holiday Bazaar with a fine selection of handmade ornaments and gifts as well as wreaths, holiday decorations and stocking stuffers will be available. Start your holiday shopping at the Bazaar and find gifts for friends, family, teachers, and colleagues. Free Admission (cost of items will vary).

 

 

Voices of DuPage: Civil Rights Movement


Thursday, December 8 | 5:30P-8P

DCHM and Wheaton Public Library have partnered to capture your civil rights stories. Changing America will be coming to DCHM in January and the Museum would like to share your civil rights movement stories with our visitors.

Memories of the March on Washington, segregation, discrimination, and other recollections of the era are welcome.

This event will be held in the museum auditorium on the 2nd level, and is for all ages.

Call 630-510-4941 to reserve your 30 minute interview.

 

 

Santa Express -- SOLD OUT

Join Kidz Kingdom and the DuPage County Historical Museum for a very special train ride departing from the downtown Wheaton Metra Station and traveling to Elburn.

NOTICE: Santa Express tickets sold out this year in record time. Train times and instructions for the 2017 Santa Express will be posted on our website and in the Wheaton Park District Fall Program Guide in August 2017. Tickets will not go on sale next year until late September/early October 2017.

Train Details:

Day Date Time Tickets
Saturday December 10, 2016 9:15-11A SOLD OUT
Saturday December 10, 2016 11:15A-1P SOLD OUT
Sunday December 11, 2016 9:15-11A SOLD OUT
Sunday December 11, 2016 1:15P-3P SOLD OUT

 

 

Voices of DuPage: Civil Rights Movement

Saturday, January 14 | 12-4P | Ages 8 & and older | Museum Auditorium

Tell us your civil rights stories.
DCHM and Wheaton Public Library have partnered to capture your civil rights memories. Changing America will be coming to DCHM in January and the Museum would like to share your civil rights movement stories with our visitors. Call 630.510.4941 to reserve your 45 minute interview.

 

 

Photography Workshop

Saturday, January 21 | 1-3P | All Ages | Museum Auditorium

Create a fun project while learning about cameras and photo development. Bring your photograph in to make a unique take home. To register, call 630-510-4941.

 

 

Oh Freedom!

Saturday, January 28 | 2pm | All Ages | Museum Auditorium

The story of the Civil Rights Movement has been described as one of the greatest singing movements that this country has ever experienced. From the Freedom Riders to the jails of Montgomery, Alabama, to Parchman Prison and all the way to Washington DC, both old and new "Freedom Songs" would become the backbone of the nonviolent civil disobedience movement lead by Dr Martin Luther King and countless others.

In 2014, award winning roots musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo created the show Oh Freedom! featuring 11 of the pivotal songs that inspired and sustained the Civil Rights Movement. Vallillo’s multi-instrumentalist talents are at the heart of the recording; a rich blend of roots based acoustic and electric guitars and slide guitars, mandolin and bass beautifully performed on his extensive collection of vintage instruments.

To register, call 630-510-4941.

Possible songs included in this presentation:
Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd
Halleluia I’m Travelin’
We Shall Not Be Moved
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody (Turn Me Around)
If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus
Oh Freedom!
Birmingham Sunday
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Wade in the Water
This Little Light of Mine
We Shall Overcome

 

 

Victorian Valentines

Saturday, February 11 | 1-3P | Ages 3 and up | DCHM Auditorium

Sunday, February 12 | 1-3P | Ages 3 and up | Museum Auditorium

Valentines of the Victorian era were treasured keepsakes, incorporating feathers, beads, and bits of fabric. Create your own Victorian-style valentines in a fun, afternoon workshop. Free event, suggested donation of $3/participant.

 

 

Whistling Past the Graveyard Book Discussion

Thursday, February 2 | 7P | Ages 18 and older | Wheaton Public Library

Wednesday, February 8 | 10A | Ages 18 and older | Wheaton Public Library

Tuesday, February 14 | 10A | Ages 18 and older | Wheaton Public Library

The Wheaton Public Library’s Contemporary Book Discussion Group will discuss Susan Crandall’s Whistling Past the Graveyard. Copies of the readings will be available at the library one month prior to the meeting. RSVP to Beth@wheatonlibrary.org or call 630-868-7533.

 

 

Lincoln and MLK, Jr. Great Books Discussion

Wednesday, February 8 | 7:30P | | Ages 18 and older | Wheaton Public Library

Great Books uses the Shared Inquiry Method of discussion. The group will discuss The Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln and Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. Copies of the readings will be available at the library one month prior to the meeting. RSVP to Beth@wheatonlibrary.org or call 630-868-7533.

 

 

Anti-Slavery in Illinois

February 9 | 7P | Ages 8 and older | DCHM Auditorium

Illinois and Illinoisans played prominent roles in the anti-slavery movement preceding the Civil War, but were all opponents of slavery necessarily involved in the Underground Railroad? Understanding the wide variety of motivations that might lie behind any given individual’s opposition to slavery – commitment to human rights, belief in racial equality, economic considerations, and religious convictions, among others – is important to understanding the escalation to war. Join Jeanne Schultz Angel’s discussion of anti–slavery in Illinois. To register, call 630-510-4941.

 

 

An Unlikely Couple: Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr

Saturday, February 15 | 7P | Ages 8 and older | DCHM Auditorium

Discuss two of the most important people in the fight for equal rights in the United States, Dr. David Maas presents on the similarities and differences between Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. To register, call 630-510-4941.

 

Casino Night

Save the Date!

March 11, 2017 | 7-10P

Tickets:
$75 per person | $500 Group of 10

Ticket includes $50 in charity chips per person, appetizers, martini bar, raffle, and silent auction.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact T.J. Hicks at 630.510.5105 or at tjhicks@wheatonparks.org.

 

 

Capturing the Past: A History of Photography

Thursday, March 16 | 7P | Ages 8 and older | DCHM Auditorium

Discover the history of capturing the past on film with professional photographer Andrew Bobb Siedelmann. Learn how the fundamentals of photography have not changed and how modern changes in technology are not the first leap the field has made. $3/person, to register, call 630-510-4941.

 

 

Painting Wine and Lanterns

Painting & Wine: Lanterns

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. To register, call 630-510-4941.

 

Questions?

For more information, please contact Michelle Podkowa at 630-510-4956 or mpodkowa@wheatonparks.org.

 

 

 

Model Train