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The Elmhurst History Museum is open with limited capacity in alignment with recent Illinois Dept. of Health guidelines. 


ONLINE #TBT LECTURE: More Than Just a Game: The Birth of Organized Sports in America
Starts Thursday, April 15-July 21  FREE

CLICK HERE for link to prerecorded program                                 
EHM's Director Dave Oberg will explain the 19th and early 20th-century origins of organized sports in the U.S. Learn about the early history of popular competitive sports including baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, golf and tennis, as well as the rise of uniforms, mascots and popular sports traditions. This prerecorded program will be available online from April 15 through July 21.

ONLINE PERFORMANCE: Leslie Goddard Presents: Eleanor Roosevelt
Starts Sunday, April 18-May 2  FREE  
CLICK HERE starting April 18 to view this prerecorded program                                  
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was our country's longest serving First Lady and beloved by many of her generation. Utilizing Eleanor Roosevelt's autobiography, diaries and letters, award-winning actress and historian Leslie Goddard will portray this iconic stateswoman in a special first-person performance. This prerecorded program will be available online from April 18-May 2.

LIVE ONLINE LECTURE: Tasting History of the 1930s
Saturday, May 1, 2:00 p.m.  FREE
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED:  Go to Eventbrite to reserve a ticket                             
The difficulties of the Great Depression prompted creativity in many of life's necessities, especially when it came to food and meal preparation. Join food historian Ellie Carlson on Zoom as she prepares a menu of 1930s staples, including creamed chipped beef, candy-coated carrots and mock apple pie. An ingredient list will be supplied for participants who would like to cook along with Ellie. Program lasts approximately two hours. Zoom link will be emailed to participants the week prior to the program.

ONLINE BOOK DISCUSSION: The Last Man on the Moon
Wednesday, May 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  FREE 
Chicago native Eugene Cernan (1934-2017) grew up to be a renowned NASA astronaut whose career spanned both the Gemini and Apollo programs. The Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and the Race in Space chronicles Cernan's journey in his own words, from the early days of the space program through his final footsteps on the moon.  This discussion will take place on zoom and the link will be provided to participants the week prior.


ONLINE CONCERT: Songs of the Depression with Dean Milano
CLICK HERE to view pre-recorded program through 5/2/21  
The suffering and hardship of the Great Depression could not dampen the joyful spirit and creative expression gained from music. Local folk musician Dean Milano presents a pre-recorded online concert with an engaging musical performance of Depression-era favorites including Pennies from Heaven, Happy Days are Here Again, and Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Program will be available online through May 2.

ONLINE LECTURE: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Elmhurst
CLICK HERE to view on YouTube through 5/2/21

EHM’s curator of collections, Dan Lund, presents a virtual presentation on the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the New Deal-era federal program created to provide work for young men in the 1930s. Available online through May 2. 

ONLINE LECTURE: The Great Depression's Impact on Chicagoland
CLICK HERE to view on YouTube 5/2/21

Dominic A. Pacyga, Ph.D. and Emeritus Professor of History at Columbia College Chicago, presents a fascinating lecture exploring the impact of the Great Depression on the Chicago area. This pre-recorded program will be available Jan. 24 through May 2.