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FALL 2022 PROGRAMS & EVENTS  Download a PDF of our Fall Calendar

American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
Cost: FREE
Registration Required: PROGRAM IS FULL TO CAPACITY
Participate in the “One Book, One Elmhurst” book discussion facilitated by Elmhurst Public Library and Elmhurst History Museum staff with after-hours access to exhibits. In this collection of short, personal essays edited by America Ferrera, prominent Americans from diverse backgrounds and occupations share their experiences growing up between cultures in the U.S. and their efforts to find a way to belong. Contributors include figure skater Michelle Kwan, Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, and others. Books available at Elmhurst Public Library.

Victorian Holiday Traditions at the Schoolhouse
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Churchville Schoolhouse, 3N784 Church Rd., Bensenville
Cost: FREE to Elmhurst Heritage Foundation Members, $5 Non-Members
Registration Required: Register on Eventbrite
Why do we send holiday cards? Who had the first modern Christmas tree? When did Santa get his iconic red suit? All of these traditions have their roots in Victorian times. Join historian Valerie Gugala at the historic Churchville One-Room Schoolhouse and learn how these and other holiday traditions began and how modern holiday practices got their start in the 1800s. Limit: 30 participants. More info at or call 630-833-1457.

Gallery Talk: In Pursuit of Happiness Exhibit
Sunday, January 15, 2023

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 1st Floor Gallery
Cost: FREE to Elmhurst Heritage Foundation Members, $5 Non-Members
Registration Required: Register on Eventbrite
Exhibit Consultant Sandy Denninger will lead participants through highlights of the “In Pursuit of Happiness: Immigrants in Our Communities” exhibit. Includes exclusive access to museum galleries while hearing highlights about the experiences of area immigrants and their contributions to our shared history. 
Unable to attend the gallery talk? Access an online pre-recorded version HERE starting 1/16/2023 through 5/14/2023.

Lecture: How the World Came to Lake Michigan's Shores
Sunday, January 29

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Elmhurst History Museum Education Center
Cost: FREE to Elmhurst Heritage Foundation Members, $5 Non-Members
Registration Required: Register on Eventbrite
At least since the first Algonquian-speaking tribes arrived here, the Chicago area has attracted people whose lives were disrupted by war, famine, revolution, and economic crisis from all over the world. Join author and College of DuPage Professor of History Sam Mitrani to learn why so many came here and how these successive waves of immigrants have shaped and been shaped by this region we call home.

Presidents Day School's Out Day Camp
Monday, February 20, 2023

Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Elmhurst History Museum Education Center
Cost: $40 per child
Registration Required: Register on Eventbrite
School’s out and our winter day camp is in session! Drop the kids off for a variety of fun and educational activities led by museum staff. Participants will tour the museum, create crafts, play games, and learn about the history of Presidents Day. Appropriate for kids in grades 2-5. Participants should bring lunch and a snack. Limit: 20 participants.

Cultural Connections Through Coffee
Saturday, February 25

Time: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Brewpoint Craft Elmhurst, 617 N. York St., Elmhurst
Cost: $10 per person
Registration Required: Register on Eventbrite 
Coffee is so much more than just a popular beverage; it represents a global cultural connection that transcends borders. Join Brewpoint’s Head Roaster, Haley Sliwa, and Founder and CEO Melissa Villanueva for a discussion about coffee and its relationship to cultures across the world. Learn about how and where Brewpoint sources their coffee and the people who contribute to your cup of “joe.” Afterwards, enjoy coffee samples and pastries while supplies last and to listen to live music performed by Luciano Antonio, Brazilian guitarist from the Old Town School of Folk Music. Limit: 40 participants.