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.






Shakespeare in the Park "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

August 28 & 29 | 7pm | Memorial Park

A co-production by Wheaton College Arena Theater and the Wheaton Park District to benefit the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation.

This is a free production, however donations are encouraged. To donate, visit the Wheaton Shakespeare GoFundMe page.







The Eastland Disaster: Unparalleled Tragedy

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 6:30-8:30P | Ages 12 and up | FREE

Location: DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

This is a joint program hosted by the Museum, DuPage County Genealogical Society and Fountaindale Genealogy Club. Refreshments and socializing begin at 6:30P, followed by a short genealogical society business meeting at 7P with the program immediately following.

Early on the morning of Saturday, July 24, 1915, thousands gathered along the Chicago River for Western Electric's fifth annual employee picnic. But the day quickly turned tragic, resulting in Chicago's greatest loss‐of‐life event. Find out what happened during a presentation given by the Eastland Disaster Historical Society, featuring the two granddaughters of survivor Bobbie Aanstad.

Reserve tickets at or by calling 630-510-4941.






On Par for DuPage Golf Outing


Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 10 am Check-in | Arrowhead Golf Club

Join the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation and the People's Resource Center for their 3rd annual On Par for DuPage, an Oktoberfest-themed golf fundraiser. This event benefits both of the aforementioned nonprofit agencies.


10:00 am Check-in
11:00 am Tee Off
3:30-5:30 pm Dinner, Awards, Silent Auction, & Raffle

Interested in supporting this event?


- On Par for DuPage Sponsorship Brochure (PDF)
- Raffle & Silent Auction Donation Commitment Form (PDF)

- Volunteer Signup >


Register online or download and complete a printable Registration Form (PDF)

For more information about this event, click here.


Golf Cart Sponsor
Borter Heating & Air Conditioning

Award Sponsor
Clarendon Hills Bank & Trust

Entertainment Sponsor

Hole Sponsors

David Bein
DuPage Healtcare, Ltd.
Window Works




The Golden Age of Radio with Radio Players West

Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 1P | All Ages | FREE

Location: DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

The DuPage County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting and program at the Museum. Reminisce about the golden age of radio with the Radio Players West performing Baby Snooks and Suspense. These two historic comedy and drama radio shows entertained thousands of listeners in an era before households had television and computers. Light refreshments will be served.

Reserve tickets at or by calling 630-510-4941.





Wedding Traditions Unveiled

October 17, 2015-July 31, 2016
DuPage County Historical Museum

Schedule of Events:

Engagement Party: Exhibit Preview

Friday, October 16 | 6:30-8P
Location: DuPage County Historical Museum

Tickets on sale September 1, 2015.

Wedding Traditions Unveiled Exhibit Opening

Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 12-4P | All Ages | FREELocation: DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

Join us for the opening of our newest exhibit Wedding Traditions Unveiled. Enjoy refreshments, tour the exhibit and discuss the exhibit with the Curator.

Pearls and Cuffs: Making Wedding Accessories

Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 1-3P | Ages 3 and up | FREE
Location: DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

Create one of a kind jewelry to celebrate the opening of our new exhibit: Wedding Traditions Unveiled. Make a necklace and bracelet set or design your own necktie and cuffs in this drop in program. (Activity Number: 431462-01)
Register for free online >

Hope Chest Workshop

Saturday, January 16 | 1-3P
Museum Auditorium

Work together as a family to decorate your own miniature keepsake hope chest to store all your treasures. Free event, suggested donation of $3/participant. Open registration begins December 1.

A Wedding Shower Experience

Saturday, January 23 | 1P | Ages 8 & up
Museum Auditorium

Join DCHM for a presentation about the history of wedding showers given by expert Michelle Weinberger, assistant professor at Northwestern University. Light refreshments will be served. $5/person, free for members. Registration opens December 1.

More events to enjoy...

April 9, 2016: A Victorian Wedding

May 19, 2016: Painting, Chocolate & Wine

July 2016: Chocolate Tasting




32nd Annual Museum Guild Bazaar

Saturday, November 14, 2015 | 10A-3P | All Ages | Free Admission (cost of items varies)

Location: DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

The DuPage County Historical Museum Guild will hold its 32nd 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 a perfect way to start your holiday shopping!

The adult chorus, Beyond Glee, will perform Christmas carols from 12:30-1:30pm.



Santa Express

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 stories and sing Christmas carols. Take photos with Santa while you tell him what you want for Christmas!

The Santa Express is scheduled for the following dates and times (all dates to be confirmed by Metra):

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Saturday December 12, 2015
9:15-11A | 11:15A-1P

Sunday December 13, 2015
9:15-11A | 11:15A-1P

Location: All participants meet at the Wheaton Train Station (402 W Front Street)
Fee: Cost for the event is $16 for adults and $20 for children.
Limit: 110 participants per trip.
Parking: Street parking will be available on Liberty and Front Streets. There is also a parking garage on Front Street between Hale and Wheaton Avenue. Do not park at the private parking garages located at Carlton and Liberty or at Wheaton Towers, these are permit-only parking.

Tickets will be available beginning September 29, 2015 and sold online at

For questions or more information, please contact Michelle Podkowa at 630.510.4956 or email.




Coming Next Year (more information to follow)

Wheaton College and African American History

Wednesday, February 3 | Museum Auditorium | 7P | Ages 8 & up

Join us to celebrate African American History Month with David Malone, Professor and Archivist. Wheaton College was a center for abolitionist sentiment, served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, and graduated the first African American in the state of Illinois. $5/person, free for members. Registration opens December 1.

Victorian Valentines

Saturday, February 6 | Museum Auditorium | 1P-3P
Sunday, February 7 | Museum Auditorium | 1P-3P
Saturday, February 13 | Museum Auditorium | 1P-3P

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. Open registration begins December 1.

LEGO® Train Show

Saturday and Sunday, February 20-21 | Museum Auditorium | 10A-4P | All Ages

Family fun for all ages! The Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club is back at DCHM to amaze visitors with custom creations, vignettes and LEGO® mayhem throughout the display. Free, suggested donation $4/person. No registration necessary.


Model Train