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Special Events

Upcoming Events and Programs

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



Featured Event

Casino Royale

A James Bond-themed evening of Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Texas Hold’em.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 7 - 10pm| DuPage County Historical Museum

Ticket Pricing:

$100 per person
$800 group of 10
$1,000 premium group of 10 + Sponsor sign at event

- $50 in charity chips per person.
- Martini bar, appetizers, raffle, and silent auction.
- A three-hour open bar. NEW in 2018

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Sponsorship Opportunities:

Contact Carey Moreland at 630.510.4961 or



On Par for DuPage Golf Outing & Oktoberfest Dinner Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who attend the 2017 On Par for DuPage Golf Outing! We look forward to seeing everyone next year.

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Songs of World War I

Saturday, November 11 | 3P | Museum Auditorium

During the lead up to WWI, music became a major impetus in whipping up patriotic support to send young men and women “over there.” Join the History Singers playing the most influential of these American songs, plus borrowed British songs from earlier in the war.

Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free

Register online or call 630-510-4941.




Holiday Wreaths and Placemat

Saturday, December 16 | 1-3P | #431424-01 | Museum Auditorium

Drop in with your family to create a small holiday wreath or holiday placemat to spruce up your home over the holidays.

Ages: Ages 3 and up
Cost: Free

Register online or call 630-510-4941.



Santa Express - SOLD OUT

Santa Express tickets are sold out for this year. Train times and registration instructions will be posted on our website and in the Wheaton Park District Fall Program Guide in August 2018. Tickets will go on sale next year in late September/early October 2018. For additional area events similar to the Santa Express, please visit the Santa in Chicago website.

Due to the limited nature of this event, tickets are first come, first serve and nonrefundable.
Ticket-holders who wish to transfer tickets to another party must notify Museum Manager Michelle Podkowa at 630-510-4956 or email before December 11, 2017.

Join Kidz Kingdom and the DuPage County Historical Museum for a very special train ride departing from Wheaton Train Station.

All children who will be taking a seat on the train must have a ticket, infants under the age of 12 months old who will be in their parent's lap and do not wish to have a goodie bag or snack, do not need a ticket. We ask that strollers are not brought on the train to make sure there is enough room for all participants.

The Santa Express is scheduled for the following dates and times:

Day Date Time Tickets*
Saturday December 9, 2017 9:15-11A SOLD OUT
Saturday December 9, 2017 11:15A-1P SOLD OUT
Sunday December 10, 2017 9:15-11A SOLD OUT
Saturday December 16, 2017 9:15-11A SOLD OUT
Saturday December 16, 2017 11:15A-1P SOLD OUT

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



Tolkien's Beginnings

Saturday, January 20 | 1P | Museum Auditorium

Explore J.R.R. Tolkien and his lesser-known works from his childhood years, through World War I, and up to the publication of his classic children's book The Hobbit in 1937. Presented by Archivist Laura Schmidt from the Marion E. Wade Center.

And for your Tiny Tolkien fans...
Join staff for your own Tolkien-themed activities including coloring, cartoons, scavenger hunt, and craft during the presentation.

Ages: All Ages
Cost: $3/adult; children and Museum members free

Register online or call 630-510-4941.




Victorian Valentines

Saturday, February 10 | 1-3P | #131402-01 | Museum Auditorium

Sunday, February 11 | 1-3P | #131402-02 | 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.

Ages: Ages 3 and up
Cost: Free event, suggested donation of $3/participant.

Registration requested.



How Corn Changed Itself and then Changed Everything Else

Thursday, March 22 | 7-9P | Museum Auditorium

Join the Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois to welcome Cynthia Clampitt for this delightful and educational presentation about the importance of corn. About 10,000 years ago, a weedy grass growing in Mexico with a strange trait known as a “jumping gene” transformed itself into a larger, more useful grass-the cereal grass that we would come to know as maize and then corn. This grain would transform the Americas even before First Contact. After First Contact, it spanned the globe, but it also drove westward expansion in North America. The remarkable story includes came to include vampires, whiskey, Henry Ford, time zones, Fritos, the Chicago Bears, and much more.

Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free

Register online or call 630-510-4941.





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




Model Train