Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project

Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project Built in 1846, the Nancy Kimball house is a cobblestone building in Elgin, IL. Page is for project updates regarding its re-use and transformation.
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Built in 1846, the Nancy Kimball house is the oldest cobblestone building in Elgin, and one of the last ones left standing at 302 W. Chicago Street. It was built for the widow of one of Elgin’s founders, Joseph Kimball by her sons, William and Samuel. The Kimball brothers later served as mayors of the city. This building is unique and important to Elgin as one of the last old architectural styles left in Elgin, with 16 inch thick cobblestone walls, a source of neighborhood pride and a project that promotes architectural preservation and adaptive re-use. The Elgin History Museum volunteers, board members and staff have a vision of what this house can be transformed into but it will need work! The Elgin History Museum, Near West Neighbors and the City of Elgin have created a team dedicated to: The vision and future of the Nancy Kimball House will be: A gallery space for exhibition of local history, decorative art and the work of craftsmen. A work room for hands on demonstrations, community projects. A venue for education programs serving the nearby schools, as well as adult learners. A small group meeting space. A small office space for the Near West Neighbors Association and Elgin History Museum. The project is being overseen by the Elgin History Museum.

Elgin History Museum
03/13/2019
Elgin History Museum

Elgin History Museum

Great article about our new Elgin High School exhibit! If you are coming to Elgin for the All Class reunion on April 13th, put a visit to the Museum on your to-do list. We would love to have you write your favorite memories on our "chalkboard."

Any of our FB friends Elgin High School graduates? A new exhibit opens Sunday at the Elgin History Museum.
03/08/2019

Any of our FB friends Elgin High School graduates? A new exhibit opens Sunday at the Elgin History Museum.

We are getting close to finishing our new exhibit on the 150th Anniversary of Elgin High School! One of the fun parts is looking through the many interesting artifacts we have and deciding what to display. Will you see everything in these photos? You will have to come to the museum on SUNDAY, March 10th at 2pm to hear EHS History Teacher John Devine honor the history, achievements and pride of the 150 year old Maroon family. The new exhibit will be OPEN! (No fee for members, $3 for guests) #WeAreU46

Happy Birthday to the Champion Buiding! Join the Elgin History Museum at Soulful Sparrow on Friday and Saturday giving t...
02/26/2019

Happy Birthday to the Champion Buiding! Join the Elgin History Museum at Soulful Sparrow on Friday and Saturday giving tours of the residential loft upstairs. Plus, don't miss the Oddball Art Labs vending machine. Where else can you get an original piece of art for $5? See you this weekend!

Vintage Shop Hop • Birthday Event for the Champion Building - https://mailchi.mp/51b02e3f0605/vintage-shop-hop-birthday-event-for-the-champion-building
Join us for the #VintageShopHop
March 1st and 2nd.
We are celebrating the 140th birthday of the Champion Bldg. We are serving refreshments for your road trip & handing out a party favor with a discount offer. The upstairs residential loft will be open for guided tours for a $5 suggested donation. In addition we are the hosting Vintage Mobile Art Machine. For a $5 token it dispenses a fun piece of original local art.

We love to teach history!
02/21/2019

We love to teach history!

Prairieview School having fun at the Museum yesterday learning what it was like to work at the watch factory!

Our educational programs offer hands-on components tailored to be developmentally appropriate for groups of all ages and learning styles. We can customize the program to meet your groups needs.

Elgin History Museum
02/15/2019

Elgin History Museum

To celebrate Black History Month, we are re-releasing our award winning documentary Project 2-3-1 for all to view on our You Tube channel. Act 2 entitled "Three Blocks" has been posted. Please enjoy.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqFtxziwfNBD0i0sZEj2KNQ

Elgin History Museum
02/08/2019

Elgin History Museum

To celebrate Black History Month, we are releasing our award winning documentary, Project 2-3-1: Two Boxcars, Three Blocks, One City: A Story of Elgin’s African American Heritage, on our new YouTube channel in three installments.
The 75-minute documentary contains extensive interviews, many never seen photos and in-depth histories that will bring to life the story of Elgin’s African American Heritage. YouTube viewing is free with internet connection and can be live-streamed to schools, churches, and community organizations to start a discussion on African American history, social justice, and civil rights.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqFtxziwfNBD0i0sZEj2KNQ

Elgin History Museum
01/30/2019

Elgin History Museum

If you can properly bundle up, the Museum will be open from 11am - 4pm Wednesday, January 30th. Just jump on your "Bug" and come on over.

The photo is from an Elgin High School scrapbook belonging to Gladys Smith. Gladys was the art editor for the Elgin High School Yearbook in 1917. The scrapbook is part of the Museum's permanent collection. #EHS150 #u46Proud

Elgin History Museum
01/25/2019

Elgin History Museum

Does anyone have a giant toboggan? This looks pretty fun. Be careful out there and dress for the weather! The Museum is open from 11am - 4pm Wednesday - Saturday in case you want to stop by and get warm.
Photo from the Elgin History Museum permanent collection. Circa 1911.

Everyone get your shovels ready! ❄️❄️❄️Image circa. 1912. Towner’s Point intersection of River Street (Nor...
01/18/2019

Everyone get your shovels ready! ❄️❄️❄️

Image circa. 1912. Towner’s Point intersection of River Street (North Grove) and Brook Street (100-104 Brook Street). A smoke stack advertising Harman Coal is seen on the side of the building.

Image from the Gylleck Photo Collection on the Elgin History Museum website https://elginhistory.pastperfectonline.com/search

The artwork that was created for Cobblestone Reflections will only be on view at the library for another week (until Jan...
01/17/2019

The artwork that was created for Cobblestone Reflections will only be on view at the library for another week (until January 24th)! Then the artwork will go to their forever homes with the bidders that won the auctions back in November. Get there to take a look!

Elgin History Museum
01/15/2019

Elgin History Museum

The Dairies to Prairies traveling exhibit is back at the Elgin History Museum! Come take a look if you have not had the opportunity to see it before. We are open Wednesday - Saturday from 11am - 4pm. Admission is only $3 for non-members. OR become a member and get FREE admission.

Last time to check out the art before it goes to their owners! At the main branch of the Gail Borden Library until Janua...
01/04/2019

Last time to check out the art before it goes to their owners! At the main branch of the Gail Borden Library until January 24th.

Happy New Year!
The Cobblestone Reflections Community Art Exhibit has moved to the library until January 24th. Thanks Mark and Doug for the help!

Our traveling exhibit Cobblestone Reflections is now up for viewing at ArtSpace at 51 S  Spring St.in  downtown Elgin. I...
12/27/2018
Kane County History: The Art of Elgin’s Cobblestone Reflections

Our traveling exhibit Cobblestone Reflections is now up for viewing at ArtSpace at 51 S Spring St.in downtown Elgin. It will move to the main branch of the Gail Borden Library on January 3, 2019 and be on view for the month of January. This was a really fun project and it was interesting to see the artist's interpretations of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House.

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a weekly series on Kane County’s amazing history. Today’s article was submitted by Elizabeth Marston of the Elgin History Museum. Sometimes history is an art …

The annual Mayor's Awards, held each May during National Preservation Month, honor the outstanding contributions of Elgi...
12/27/2018
Elgin Seeks Nominees For Mayor’s Preservation Awards

The annual Mayor's Awards, held each May during National Preservation Month, honor the outstanding contributions of Elgin citizens in their efforts to preserve the city’s heritage. Know anyone (or any project) who should be nominated for this great award? Head to the City's website by January 25, 2018 to nominate.
http://il-elgin4.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/63413/Mayors-Awards-Nomination-Form--Fillable_2018?bidId=

The Elgin Heritage Commission is seeking nominations for the 2019 Elgin Mayor’s Awards for Historic Preservation. Applications are available on the city’s website, at cityofelgin.org/mayorawards, a…

Are you finished with your holiday shopping yet? We didn't think so. 😀 We have some great gifts for everyone on your ...
12/15/2018

Are you finished with your holiday shopping yet? We didn't think so. 😀 We have some great gifts for everyone on your list (and some for you, too!) These ornaments have just been added to our online store and the store at the museum.
https://elginhistory.org/shop-category/holiday/

TONIGHT!
12/05/2018

TONIGHT!

Tonight, Wednesday, December 5th is the 50th birthday of City Hall! Come to City Hall at 6:30pm and enjoy a slideshow of historic images and cupcakes. At 7pm, a proclamation will be read at the City Council Meeting.

Demolition started in October 1964 and more than 50 buildings were razed on the east bank of the river to make way for Elgin's Civic Center development which was comprised of the post office, the Hemmens, Gail Borden Public Library, the Appellate Court building, and City Hall.
https://www.facebook.com/events/348818799033274/

We hope your holiday season is off to a great start! Join us this Saturday at the Museum for our annual holiday tea. Nan...
12/05/2018

We hope your holiday season is off to a great start! Join us this Saturday at the Museum for our annual holiday tea. Nancy Koutis will bring the tale of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to life! Enjoy holiday refreshments, music, and great ambience at Old Main

Top 5 reasons to give to the Elgin History Museum this #GivingTuesday? Reason #1: EDUCATIONApproximately 1500 students p...
11/28/2018

Top 5 reasons to give to the Elgin History Museum this #GivingTuesday? Reason #1: EDUCATION

Approximately 1500 students pass through the museum in a given year. We continue to develop new programs and formats to get students excited about history!

There is still time to make this the best year yet for the Museum! Please use this link to donate:
https://www.ilgive.com/organizations/elgin-history-museum

11/27/2018
ILGive

Thank you everyone, THANK YOU!!! We won the $500 prize for having the most donations between 11am and 1pm! You are the best and we appreciate your support so much!!

Our Small and Mighty Lunch Rush prize goes to....the Elgin History Museum!!!! #ILGive

DONATE NOW! #GivingTuesday #ILGivePlease consider the Elgin History Museum for your charitable giving. Funds raised will...
11/27/2018

DONATE NOW! #GivingTuesday #ILGive
Please consider the Elgin History Museum for your charitable giving. Funds raised will go towards the restoration of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House.
https://www.ilgive.com/organizations/elgin-history-museum
We thank you for your support!

Top 5 reasons to give to the Elgin History Museum this #GivingTuesday? Reason #3: COMMUNITYThe Elgin History Museum capt...
11/26/2018

Top 5 reasons to give to the Elgin History Museum this #GivingTuesday? Reason #3: COMMUNITY

The Elgin History Museum captures the history of our communities and brings their stories to life. Dairies to Prairies tells the story of Elgin's rich dairy heritage - and how it affects farmers and the land today. Project 2-3-1 is our award winning documentary that tells the story of Elgin's African American heritage. Both are available for sale on our website
https://elginhistory.org/shop-category/books-and-dvds/

Top 5 reasons to give to the Elgin History Museum this #GivingTuesday? Reason #4: COLLECTIONThe Elgin National Watch Com...
11/26/2018

Top 5 reasons to give to the Elgin History Museum this #GivingTuesday? Reason #4: COLLECTION

The Elgin National Watch Company produced watches for 100 years. Our permanent exhibit "Elgin: A City Run on Time" shows the impact the Company had on Elgin, it's citizens, and the world. You can check out the exhibit during the Museum's open hours: Wednesday - Saturday from 11am - 4pm.
https://elginhistory.org/visit-the-museum/exhibits-overview/

Visit our #ILGIVE page, and get ready to donate on November 27!
https://www.ilgive.com/organizations/elgin-history-museum

Top 5 reasons to give to the Elgin History Museum this #GivingTuesday?  Reason #5: PRESERVATIONWith the help of donors a...
11/25/2018

Top 5 reasons to give to the Elgin History Museum this #GivingTuesday? Reason #5: PRESERVATION

With the help of donors and volunteers, we restored Old Main (built in 1856) by raising close to a million dollars. It opened in 1987. We need your help to restore another very important building in Elgin, the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House. Visit our #ILGIVE page, and get ready to donate on November 27!
https://www.ilgive.com/organizations/elgin-history-museum

Save the Cobblestone, Build the Near West Neighborhood on #GivingTuesday. Get ready to give on November 27, 2018!!A port...
11/25/2018

Save the Cobblestone, Build the Near West Neighborhood on #GivingTuesday. Get ready to give on November 27, 2018!!
A portion of funds raised on this day will be earmarked to continue the restoration of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House. Help bring history to life!
Bookmark our #ILGive page
https://www.ilgive.com/organizations/elgin-history-museum

Elgin History Museum
11/22/2018

Elgin History Museum

We are thankful for YOU - our friends and donors, whether near or far, past or present, THANK YOU for your support. Have a relaxing and Happy Thanksgiving.

Photo circa 1896 of Leitner Bros Meat Market, 201 E. Chicago Street around Thanksgiving with turkeys and geese hanging outside.

This Sunday, join us at the Elgin History Museum for a performance by Brian "Fox" Ellis. He will present "Lincoln Tales-...
10/10/2018

This Sunday, join us at the Elgin History Museum for a performance by Brian "Fox" Ellis. He will present "Lincoln Tales-Tall and True"...told from the perspective of Austin Gulihur, Abraham Lincoln's childhood friend. Share with all Lincoln lovers! Free for members/ $3 for guests. You can register here: https://bit.ly/2Ny9X4w

We got another submission to our Cobblestone Reflections community art project from artist Diane Keys. All art will be f...
10/10/2018

We got another submission to our Cobblestone Reflections community art project from artist Diane Keys. All art will be for sale at the art opening on 10/24 and part of the proceeds will support the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House.

Many thanks to Paul Spiller of Pro Inspection Services for volunteering to install plumbing at the Nancy Kimball Cobbles...
10/03/2018

Many thanks to Paul Spiller of Pro Inspection Services for volunteering to install plumbing at the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone house! Working with the City of Elgin water service, Paul made sure the old house has all new pipes.

Have you submitted your artwork yet? We are accepting submissions until Oct 13 for our 'Cobblestone Reflections" communi...
10/01/2018
Artists invited to join 'Cobblestone Reflections' community art project

Have you submitted your artwork yet? We are accepting submissions until Oct 13 for our 'Cobblestone Reflections" community art project.

Calling all Elgin artists! Help the Nancy Kimball cause by participating in the Cobblestone Reflections Community Art Project. They are taking applications through Oct. 13.

Calling all Elgin artists! Help the Nancy Kimball cause by participating in our Cobblestone Reflections Community Art Pr...
09/05/2018

Calling all Elgin artists! Help the Nancy Kimball cause by participating in our Cobblestone Reflections Community Art Project!

The Cobblestone Reflections Project, in support of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project, is looking for interested area artists to participate in a juried art exhibit. The theme of Cobblestone Reflections will showcase what the home's cobblestones have seen throughout the years.

Learn more in the attached flyer or by calling us at 847-742-4248.

Untitled Album
09/05/2018

Untitled Album

Thanks to everyone who came out to help clean up construction debris at the house. The house is looking amazing - inside...
08/29/2018

Thanks to everyone who came out to help clean up construction debris at the house. The house is looking amazing - inside and out!

A huge thanks goes out to Paul Spiller (and apprentice) of Professional Inspection Services for working on the House! We...
08/24/2018

A huge thanks goes out to Paul Spiller (and apprentice) of Professional Inspection Services for working on the House! We will have a rough plan for plumbing really soon.

Thank you to all who helped our the Elgin History Museum with their Summer Soiree event!  A great night with great peopl...
08/13/2018

Thank you to all who helped our the Elgin History Museum with their Summer Soiree event! A great night with great people.

Friday's Summer Soiree was a beautiful night and a great event to support the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project!

A big thank you to the Holland family for hosting us at their beautiful home and of course to every one of you who came out to donate your time and money to the Nancy Kimball project.

Another thank you to our friends over at Dog's Paw Brewing who provided our beer for the evening!

This great event is tonight from 6-8pm!  Free for members of the Elgin History Museum and just $10 for non-members. Proc...
08/10/2018

This great event is tonight from 6-8pm! Free for members of the Elgin History Museum and just $10 for non-members. Proceeds will help our project out here at the Nancy Kimball House!

You can buy tickets tonight when you arrive in person or online until 4pm.

Thanks for the generosity of the Holland family for hosting! See you there.

Tomorrow is our Summer Soiree! Are you joining us? Proceeds go to help the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project!

@ 770 W. Highland
6-8pm
Non-members $10 (tickets here:https://elginhistory.org/product/non-member-summer-soiree-ticket/)

Calling all Elgin artists! Help the Nancy Kimball cause by participating in our Cobblestone Reflections Community Art Pr...
08/04/2018

Calling all Elgin artists! Help the Nancy Kimball cause by participating in our Cobblestone Reflections Community Art Project!

The Cobblestone Reflections Project, in support of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project, is looking for interested area artists to participate in a juried art exhibit. The theme of Cobblestone Reflections will showcase what the home's cobblestones have seen throughout the years.

Learn more in the attached flyer or by calling us at 847-742-4248!

#elginIL #exploreelgin #art

Thanks to George Rowe, Bill Briska, Paul Larson and Ricky Harris for helping the Elgin History Museum to fill the Nancy ...
06/28/2018

Thanks to George Rowe, Bill Briska, Paul Larson and Ricky Harris for helping the Elgin History Museum to fill the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project dumpster. Contractor/carpenter Mike Howell and his crew from Carpentry with Integrity are framing up the inside of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House. Now working on the addition roof and west wall.

Interested in learning more about the history of the Nancy Kimball house?  Read this great blog post written by David Si...
06/13/2018
History of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone – Elgin History Museum

Interested in learning more about the history of the Nancy Kimball house? Read this great blog post written by David Siegenthaler from the Elgin History Museum!

https://elginhistory.org/blog-post/3766/

History of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone History of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone Written by: David Siegenthaler   Nancy Currier Kimball’s youngest daughter, Ruth Ann (1821-1908), lived with her, through Ruth Ann’s two marriages, until Nancy’s death in 1888. Ruth Ann married Edward E. Harvey ...

06/02/2018
302 W. Chicago Street House Before and After

For those of you who haven't had a chance to see the inside of our house here's a great 360-view video courtesy of Matt Martin from Fall 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV_fTlhOfXY

Though we have more work to do, we have been making great progress! Be sure to give us a follow to stay up-to-date on all our happenings.

Come see inside the Nancy Kimball house as it is now and as it will be!

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