Programs 

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MASK REQUIREMENTS: Per current CDC recommendations, we request that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals, staff, volunteers and visitors) wear a mask inside the museum. Thank you for your cooperation.  Questions? Call 630-833-1457.

SEPTEMBER 2021 PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest
Saturday, September 18
Time: 1:00-6:00 p.m. (Early Entry 12 p.m.)
Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
Cost: General Admission-$50, Early Entry-$65, Designated Driver-$20
Tickets: elmhurstcraftbeerfest.com
One of the most popular fall events in Elmhurst is back! Join in the fun at the 6th Annual Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest, a fundraiser hosted by the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, with more than 100 craft beers, ciders and hard seltzers from area breweries with a strong emphasis on local Chicago area brewers. Live music by the Moonshine Brothers and PettyCash, with food for sale on the museum grounds. Must be 21+. 

Town vs. Gown Vintage Baseball Game
Sunday, September 26
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Elmhurst University College Mall, 190 S. Prospect Ave. (in front of Hammerschmidt Chapel)
Cost: FREE
Join us for an old-fashioned baseball game played by the wildly different rules of 1858. In honor of Elmhurst University’s 150th anniversary, this year’s game will pit university players against the City of Elmhurst, with a roster of locals playing for your favor. Bring a picnic basket and lawn chair and get ready to cheer, jeer and enjoy an exciting afternoon of vintage baseball that will be fun for all ages. Huzzah!

OCTOBER 2021 PROGRAMS
Book Discussion -- Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City 
Saturday, October 9
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 
Location: Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, Aurora
Cost: FREE
Reservations Required: E-mail ehmprograms@elmhurst.org 
In October of 1871, much of Chicago was destroyed by one of the most legendary and cataclysmic fires in history leaving one of every three Chicago residents homeless and many unemployed in the aftermath. Read the book by eminent Chicago historian Carl Smith that chronicles the fire’s dramatic story and phoenix-like rise from the ashes, then join the discussion at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their exhibits post-discussion. 

Elmhurst University Arboretum Walking Tour
Saturday, October 16
Time: 12:00-2:30 p.m. 
Location: Elmhurst University Campus, 190 S. Prospect Ave. (meet at Frick Center)
Cost: $5/person                                                                                                                      
Tickets: Link to Eventbrite
Mark Wakely, Elmhurst University alumnus and longtime campus services manager, will lead a walking tour showcasing the top specimens in the arboretum collection. See the first tree that was planted to start the arboretum in 1966, learn fun tree facts and care tips, and utilize your senses to engage with the trees on campus. Tour lasts approximately 2-2.5 hours and begins at the Niebuhr Statue (east side of Frick Center). Limit: 30 participants.

Haunted History with Ghost Head Soup
SOLD OUT!
Friday, October 22
Time: 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Location:  Starts at Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave.
Cost: $20/person 
Tickets: Link to Eventbrite
Get ready for the spookiest time of year by spending a chilling evening exploring "haunted" spots around Elmhurst with Ghost Head Soup. This walking tour includes a visit to several reportedly paranormal spots including Mill Theatre, Wilder Mansion, and a special lantern-lit investigation of the Glos Mansion. Get a demonstration of ghost hunting equipment or bring your own gear. Weather-appropriate clothing and shoes recommended. Participants must be able to traverse uneven terrain in low light and sign a waiver. Note: Age 13+ only, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Limit: 30 participants.

NOVEMBER 2021 PROGRAMS
Online #TBT Lecture: Elmhurst Greats and Grads
Starts Thursday, November 4
Cost: FREE
Access: CLICK HERE starting 11/4 for link to pre-recorded program
Learn about the significant people who led, developed, attended and graduated from Elmhurst University during its 150-year history in this online lecture that tells the story of how a small, pre-theological school grew to become a modern university. Led by longtime faculty member and the Joan and Lester Brune Chair of History, Dr. Robert Butler. Available through Jan. 2, 2022.

Daisy Didn’t Do It: The Truth Behind the Great Chicago Fire
Sunday, November 14
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Elmhurst City Hall Council Chambers, 209 N. York St., Elmhurst
Cost: FREE to Elmhurst Heritage Foundation Members, $5 Non-Members
Tickets: Link to Eventbrite
150 years ago, Chicago was in the process of rebuilding itself following a devastating fire that leveled the city's center and north side over a 36-hour period. Native Chicagoan and historian Al Walavich presents a retrospective of the history, myths and lies surrounding the fire as well as an exploration of relics left behind.