Adult Programs

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Special Events section for additional museum activities. 


Film Screening at the Library: "Glory"
Saturday, February 24

Time: 2:00 p.m. Cost: FREE

Elmhurst Public Library and the Elmhurst History Museum co-present the poignant Academy Award-winning Civil War film “Glory” in connection with EHM’s current exhibit, Freedom: A History of US. Following the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Shaw is offered command of the first U.S. African-American regiment—the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry—and valiantly leads his men from performing menial tasks to a heroic charge in the fight for freedom. Starring Matthew Broderick, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington, directed by Edward Zwick. 1989, rated R, 2 hours + 2 min. running time. Drop in, no registration required.
Location: Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst
More info: or call 630-279-8696

Gallery Talk: Civil War Letters with Nancy Wilson

Sunday, March 4

Time: 2:00 p.m. 

Cost: FREE

Elmhurst historian and former EHM curator Nancy Wilson will be in the first floor gallery to discuss the museum’s collection of Civil War era letters from the family of Frederick Fischer—an early Elmhurst resident. Some of these letters are on display in the Freedom: A History of US exhibitDrop in, no registration required.
Location: 1st Floor Gallery

Bus Tour: DuSable Museum of African American History

SOLD OUT! (see waitlist on Eventbrite)

Thursday, March 8

Time: 8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost: $20 Members, $25 Non-Members

Travel by coach bus to Hyde Park to explore the DuSable Museum’s fascinating displays and collections, including “Freedom & Resistance,” an exhibit dedicated to thousands of unsung lives given in the name of freedom and equality. Our guided tour takes visitors on a journey through the African American experience from the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Reconstruction, and Great Migration to the Jim Crow Era, Civil Rights Movement, and into the 21st Century and election of the first African-American President. Price includes coach bus transport, museum admission, and tour. Limited seating available. Please bring water and a brown bag lunch.
Location: Meet at Elmhurst History Museum's Education Center (just south of Glos Mansion)
Registration required: Online on Eventbrite or call 630-530-6879


Sunday, April 22

The Real Red Baron: Manfred von Richthofen & the WWI Aviators

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Cost: FREE to Members; $5 Non-Members

Join University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign history professor, author, and scholar Peter Fritzsche as he explores the myth and reality of the chivalrous solo pilots who played a legendary role during World War I and across the 20th century—including the notorious Red Baron. Learn about the origins of the “dog fight” and its obsolescence by the end of the Great War, which killed off many of the most famous aces (including Richthofen).  Learn about new squadron leaders like Hermann Goering who followed the WWI aces and played infamous roles in the rise of the Nazis.
Location: Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
Registration required: Online on Eventbrite or call 630-530-6879


Wednesday, May 16 
Bus Tour: First Division Museum at Cantigny
Time: 12:45-4:00 p.m. Cost: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members

Explore World War I history on an adult field trip to the newly redesigned First Division Museum at Cantigny. After the guided tour, participants will have the opportunity to explore the picturesque grounds on their own before departing. Fee includes round trip school bus transportation and guided tour. 
Location: Meet at Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
Registration required: Online on Eventbrite or call 630-530-6879