Adult Programs


Download  a PDF of our Winter 2019-2019 Calendar of Events for December 2018-February 2019. Please visit our Special Events page for additional Elmhurst History Museum events.

Sunday, November 11

R.J. Lindsey Presents Charles Dawes

Time: 2-3 p.m. Cost: EHF Members FREE!; $5 (+ Eventbrite fee) Non-Members


Elmhurst History Museum Education Center

Registration required:

Online on Eventbrite or call 630-530-6879

In honor of Veteran's Day, R. J. Lindsey brings WWI general, diplomat and politician Charles Dawes to life through a slide show and first-person presentation. General Dawes famously coordinated American, British, Belgian, Italian and French military requirements during the war earning high honors from all five nations. This year marks the 100th anniversary of WWI.

Friday, November 30

Jolly Old St. Nick Concert

Please see the SPECIAL EVENTS SECTION for more information.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Hometown Holiday Block Party

Time: 4-8 p.m. FREE!

Location: Elmhurst City Centre

Make it a Hometown Holiday in downtown Elmhurst! Head to Elmhurst City Centre to kick off the holidays. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive around 4:30 on the Holly Trolley and will be available for pictures until 8 p.m. Enjoy music and dancing with a live band and DJ with special prizes. Adult beverages available for purchase, and fire pits will be in place to keep you warm. Visit the Elmhurst History Museum booth for an It's a Wonderful Life photo op. Free rides on the Hometown Holiday Express Kiddie Train for the little ones. More info at:

Sunday, December 2, 2018

It's a Wonderful Life: The Making of a Holiday Classic with Leslie Goddard

Time: 2-3 p.m. Cost: EHF Members FREE!; $5 (+Eventbrite free) Non-Members


Elmhurst History Museum Education Center

Registration required:

Online on Eventbrite or call 630-530-6879
Don't miss this special presentation by popular historian Leslie Goddard as she explores the beloved Frank Capra film, It's a Wonderful Life. Did you know Cary Grant was supposed to star in the movie? That the gym-floor-turned swimming-pool was real? That the movie bombed at the box office? Even those who've seen the holiday classic 150 times will have fun exploring the movies' creating including how the script evolved, cast was chosen, technical challenges and more. Enjoy rare behind-the-scenes photos and find out what happened to the cast.

Friday, December 7, 2018

It's a Wonderful Life Trivia Night at Pints

Time: 7-9 p.m.


Pints Elmhurst, 112 S. York St.

Registration required:

Online only on Eventbrite


$35 per person (tax, gratuity, Eventbrite fee not included)
Think you know everything there is to know about It's a Wonderful Life movie trivia! Test your movie trivia knowledge at this fun-filled event! Take a trip to Bedford Falls for a fun night of trivia as Pints is transformed into Martini's Bar, offering themed cocktails and food pairings from the 1940s. Includes 3 rounds of It's a Wonderful Life trivia facilitated by Sporcle, 2 signature cocktails and 4 individual appetizer bits. Adults 21+ only.

Monday, December 10, 2018

It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play at the Library

Time: 7-8:30 p.m. Cost:



Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave.

Registration required:

Online at or call 630-279-8696.
Join us for a performance of this beloved American holiday classic in a live 1940s radio broadcast performed by Elmhurst's own GreenMan Theatre Troupe. The story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Co-sponsored by Elmhurst Public Library and Elmhurst History Museum. Priority to EPL cardholders, non-residents may register for open spots one week prior to the program.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

It's a Wonderful Life Movie Screening at York Theatre

Time: 9:30 a.m. (doors open at 9) Cost: FREE



York Theatre, 150 N. York St., Elmhurst
Round up your family and friends for this free showing of the iconic holiday film on the big screen at York Theatre in downtown Elmhurst! Get in the spirit of the season as you watch your favorite characters, from George and Mary to Uncle Billy, ZuZu and so many more, in the timeless tale of George's travails in the small town of Bedford Falls. After the movie, stop by Elmhurst City Centre to see the festive holiday display, take photos with Santa, and enjoy holiday music.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Snow Globe Craft Activity

Time: 12 noon-3 p.m. Cost: $4 per participant


Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave.

Pre-registration required:

Call 630-530-6879 (leave message with number of participants)
Families of all ages are welcome to the Elmhurst History Museum after the movie at York Theatre to see the It's a Wonderful Life exhibit and participate in a special snow globe craft activity in the Education Center. Note: Admission to the museum is free. Must pre-register via phone, no drop-ins available.