Elmhurst History Museum

Elmhurst History Museum Award-winning regional museum sharing the ever-evolving history of Elmhurst, IL & Chicagoland. Glos, and his wife, Lucy. in Bensenville.
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Founded in 1957, the Elmhurst History Museum (formerly known as Elmhurst Historical Museum) is located in a historically significant structure known as the Glos Mansion, the former home of Elmhurst's first village president, Henry L. The Museum opened in January 1957 on the third floor of the Glos Mansion, which at the time also housed Elmhurst City Hall. The museum moved to the Wilder Mansion at

Wilder Park from 1965-1975, and then returned to its current location in 1975. The Museum fills an essential role in the life of the community revealing the quality of life in years past and providing a basis on which pride in Elmhurst will grow and endure. The Museum fulfills its mission by:
- Acquiring and caring for locally significant artifacts, records, documents, photographs, audio-visual materials, and publications.
- Maintaining a historically and architecturally significant building, the Glos Mansion.
- Presenting historical concepts and museum collections to the public through exhibits, educational programs, tours and publications.
- Supporting research related to local history and Museum collections.
- Offering cultural and social opportunities related to community history and heritage. In addition to this facility, the museum also manages the recently restored Churchville Schoolhouse, a historic one-room schoolhouse located just north of Grand Avenue on Church St. The Churchville Schoolhouse is registered in the National Register of Historic Places, and was reopened for public use in 2010. Programs at the Schoolhouse are by appointment only. Young schoolchildren and other visitors to the Schoolhouse will go back in time to the early 1900s via a living history experience facilitated by a schoolmarm of the era.

Today's Throwback Thursday is an aerial view of the municipal parking lot along Schiller Street circa 1965, just east of...
01/04/2024

Today's Throwback Thursday is an aerial view of the municipal parking lot along Schiller Street circa 1965, just east of what is now Commerce Avenue, looking southwest. This corner of the central business district has seen dramatic change since then--the road through the center of this image would eventually become the path of the Palmer Underpass in 1977. What other changes between now and then can you find in this photograph?

Stay up to date on Elmhurst History Museum programs, events, exhibits and more in the new year by joining our newsletter...
01/03/2024

Stay up to date on Elmhurst History Museum programs, events, exhibits and more in the new year by joining our newsletter!

Sign up here or on the homepage of our website: https://bit.ly/EHMNewsletter

[Pictured: "Lost Chicagoland Department Stores" at Elmhurst History Museum, open through January 28, 2024]

Its the last Throwback Thursday of 2023! Today's photo highlights Al's Hobby Shop, a store that focused on models and sp...
12/28/2023

Its the last Throwback Thursday of 2023! Today's photo highlights Al's Hobby Shop, a store that focused on models and specialty toys, as it was at 121 N. Addison Avenue circa 1995. The store was previously located at 129 W. First Street in the 1960s and 1970s, and had originally opened in 1947 at 109 N. Addison. Al's Hobby Shop closed its doors in May 2014.

Continue the holiday fun with us this week in our “Lost Chicagoland Department Stores” exhibit! 🎄 The museum is open fro...
12/26/2023

Continue the holiday fun with us this week in our “Lost Chicagoland Department Stores” exhibit! 🎄 The museum is open from 1 – 5 p.m. today.

✨ Learn more about the museum and our latest exhibit below from WLS-AM 890's Andrea Darlas!

On this episode of Show & Tell with Andrea Darlas: First up, we always talk about the grinch… but whatever happened to Cindy Lou Who? Veronica Garza joins the show to talk about the hilarious “Who’s Christmas,” where she plays Cindy…40 years later. Then, Carisa Hendrix and Sa’Rayah tell ...

Happy Holidays from everyone at the Elmhurst History Museum!
12/24/2023

Happy Holidays from everyone at the Elmhurst History Museum!

It's no surprise Marshall Field's topped Time Out Chicago's list of "18 businesses Chicagoans want to bring back from th...
12/23/2023

It's no surprise Marshall Field's topped Time Out Chicago's list of "18 businesses Chicagoans want to bring back from the dead." Luckily, you can reminisce in our "Lost Chicagoland Department Stores" exhibit, open through January 28!

What other local businesses do you miss? Let us know in the comments below! 👇

These favorites are long gone, but not forgotten.

Check out our new   in “By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst” on the museum’s second floor! The History Spotlight now ...
12/22/2023

Check out our new in “By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst” on the museum’s second floor!

The History Spotlight now highlights the Churchville One-Room Schoolhouse, which was built circa 1850 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the oldest structures in DuPage County as well as one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses in the state of Illinois standing on its original site - making it both historically significant and a community treasure of Chicago’s western suburbs.

Happy Throwback Thursday! We're all familiar with the festive windows that Marshall Field displayed at its flagship stor...
12/21/2023

Happy Throwback Thursday! We're all familiar with the festive windows that Marshall Field displayed at its flagship store in Chicago, but Ollswang's Department Store at 100 W. Park Avenue also featured Christmas displays in its windows during the holidays. Pictured is Ollswang's and a Christmas Carol-themed window display circa 1950. Ollswang's was a staple of the central business district from its opening in 1915 through its last days in 1962.

Please note that the Elmhurst History Museum will be closed the following dates this holiday season: Sunday, December 24...
12/20/2023

Please note that the Elmhurst History Museum will be closed the following dates this holiday season:

Sunday, December 24 - Monday, December 25
Sunday, December 31 - Monday, January 1

[Pictured: The Henry and Lucy Glos Mansion, now home to the Elmhurst History Museum, circa 1900]

Still searching for the perfect gift this holiday season? 🎁Pop into our museum store to shop a range of cards, books, lo...
12/15/2023

Still searching for the perfect gift this holiday season? 🎁

Pop into our museum store to shop a range of cards, books, local art, museum swag, as well as a variety of specialty items tied to our current exhibit, “Lost Chicagoland Department Stores”!

Today's Throwback Thursday focuses on York Furrier, which will be closing its doors at the end of the year after 92 year...
12/14/2023

Today's Throwback Thursday focuses on York Furrier, which will be closing its doors at the end of the year after 92 years of business. Pictured here at 107 N. York Street in 1968, it has been a presence in downtown Elmhurst since 1931 and is one of the oldest businesses in the city. The oldest business in Elmhurst remains the Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Company, which was founded in 1883 and maintains its headquarters at 400 W. First Street.

On this day in history, the US entered World War 2 spurred by the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Following the country’...
12/08/2023

On this day in history, the US entered World War 2 spurred by the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Following the country’s entrance into the war, President Roosevelt urged every citizen to answer the call to fight, whether overseas or at home.

From March 1 through August 18, 2024, the Elmhurst History Museum will present “Victory at Home: 1941-1945,” which will explore the national effort to support the military during the war.

The new exhibition will highlight this resilient and steadfast generation of civilians whom helped lead the Allies to victory through united efforts such as rationing, women in the workforce, increased war production, purchasing war bonds, and so much more. These efforts taught Americans how to economize, to alleviate the domestic hardships and mental fatigue a nation at war often experiences. The exhibition will include compelling artifacts, photographs, and interactive audio-video stations with hands-on experiences to demonstrate the significant contribution Chicagoland residents, including Elmhurst, had on the home front effort.

To stay up to date with exhibitions, programs and events, and more, sign up for our newsletter: https://bit.ly/EHMNewsletter

[Image: “We Can Do It! Rosie the Riveter” poster, 1942, J. Howard Miller-artist, War Production Co-ordinating Committee. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.]

Happy Throwback Thursday! Today's photograph looks west from the recently constructed Chicago North Western train statio...
12/07/2023

Happy Throwback Thursday! Today's photograph looks west from the recently constructed Chicago North Western train station on First Street towards Addison Avenue circa 1968. Al's Hobby Shop and the Elm Department Store can be seen at right, and Elmhurst Federal Savings and Loan is located across Addison.

The sky is putting on a show tonight, Elmhurst! 🌅[Golden Hour photos of Glos Mansion and Elmhurst, IL by EHM Curator of ...
12/06/2023

The sky is putting on a show tonight, Elmhurst! 🌅

[Golden Hour photos of Glos Mansion and Elmhurst, IL by EHM Curator of Collections, Dan Lund.]

HO HO HO! ✨🎄 The Elmhurst History Museum is hopping on the Holly Trolley this Saturday, December 9! From 12 – 3 p.m., jo...
12/06/2023

HO HO HO! ✨🎄 The Elmhurst History Museum is hopping on the Holly Trolley this Saturday, December 9!

From 12 – 3 p.m., join EHM Executive Director, Dave Oberg, for a free history tour around Elmhurst. Dave will share a variety of facts and stories during the ride, including the history behind local department stores in honor of the museum’s current exhibit, “Lost Chicagoland Department Stores.”

To track the Explore Elmhurst trolley’s location, visit: https://exploreelmhurst.com/holly-trolley/

Happy Throwback Thursday! Today's photograph is a 1931 view of the west side of N. York Street, with Montgomery Ward and...
11/30/2023

Happy Throwback Thursday! Today's photograph is a 1931 view of the west side of N. York Street, with Montgomery Ward and Company at 138 N. York at center. Ward's had a longtime presence in downtown Elmhurst, eventually moving across the street to 161 N. York by the 1960s. Come learn more about Elmhurst's local department stores in our first-floor exhibit, "Lost Chicagoland Department Stores," open through January 28, 2024.

It may be cold outside ❄️, but our “Lost Chicagoland Department Stores” exhibit is ✨ full ✨ of nostalgic feelings and me...
11/29/2023

It may be cold outside ❄️, but our “Lost Chicagoland Department Stores” exhibit is ✨ full ✨ of nostalgic feelings and memories sure to warm you up!

Thank you, CBS Chicago, for visiting the exhibit this morning! Take a look below to learn more from our Curator of Exhibits, Sarah Cox.

“Lost Chicagoland Department Stores” is open through January 28, 2024.

There was a time when if you wanted to go shopping, you used to have to come downtown to the city's big department stores to get what you needed.

Its  ! Your donation to the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Elmhurst History Museum, will help ...
11/28/2023

Its ! Your donation to the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Elmhurst History Museum, will help to preserve, protect, and interpret Elmhurst’s historic past and to bring innovative, new exhibits to the Museum and living history programs to the Churchville Schoolhouse.

To learn more about the EHF or to donate online, please visit: www.elmhurstheritagefoundation.org

If you’d like to support the museum this holiday season, here are four key ways you can help:
💙 Make a donation to the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation
👍 Join or renew your EHF membership
🛍️ Make a purchase in the Elmhurst History Museum Shop
📸 Share your museum experience via online social media (remember to tag the Elmhurst History Museum and Elmhurst Heritage Foundation) or leave us a Google review!

Working on your holiday lists? Explore unique gifts at the Elmhurst History Museum Store and wrap up a weekend of shoppi...
11/26/2023

Working on your holiday lists? Explore unique gifts at the Elmhurst History Museum Store and wrap up a weekend of shopping on ! 🛍️

Discover special Elmhurst, IL items as well as gifts from both current and past EHM exhibits!

🕰️ The EHM Store is open 1-5 p.m. Sunday & Tuesday – Friday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday.

Looking for a holiday weekend activity the entire family will enjoy? Explore our exhibits, "By All Accounts: The Story o...
11/24/2023

Looking for a holiday weekend activity the entire family will enjoy?

Explore our exhibits, "By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst" and "Lost Chicagoland Department Stores," which is only here through January 28!

Admission to EHM and parking are free.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Elmhurst History Museum! 🦃The museum is closed for Thanksgiving today, but will resume stand...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving from the Elmhurst History Museum! 🦃

The museum is closed for Thanksgiving today, but will resume standard hours tomorrow, 11/24.

With Small Business Saturday just around the corner, we’re thrilled to share some of the new items in the EHM Gift Shop!...
11/21/2023

With Small Business Saturday just around the corner, we’re thrilled to share some of the new items in the EHM Gift Shop!

In honor of our latest exhibition, “Lost Chicagoland Department Stores,” we have many shopping and retail related items and gifts, from tote bags and Marshall Field’s sweatshirts to department store postcards and books, including “Lost Chicago Department Stores” by Leslie Goddard!

After stopping by our shop, check out some of the wonderful small businesses throughout Elmhurst, all of which make a huge impact on our community. We encourage you to shop small and support local this holiday season!

Here are a few resources to find local retailers:
Explore Elmhurst
Elmhurst City Centre
Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce
Spring Road Business Association
YorkandVallette

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Today's Throwback Thursday highlights the Chilstrom and Burke grocery store at 494 Spring Road circa 1934. Located at th...
11/16/2023

Today's Throwback Thursday highlights the Chilstrom and Burke grocery store at 494 Spring Road circa 1934. Located at the northwest corner of Spring Road and an old street named Kuester's Way, this building is perhaps best known as the longtime location of Stemple's Bike Shop. The building still stands today as Phase Three Brewing Taproom and Kitchen.

“We wanted to reflect on how we shop today. Certain generations knew what that was like, dressing up, going downtown and...
11/14/2023

“We wanted to reflect on how we shop today. Certain generations knew what that was like, dressing up, going downtown and seeing the Walnut Room, Christmas windows at Marshall Field and Co. It reminds me of when people dressed up to fly. It was an experience. Shopping was an experience.” – Sarah Cox, Elmhurst History Museum Curator of Exhibits. ✨

Learn more about the glitz and glamour of former department stores, the evolution of the retail industry, and our own “Lost Chicagoland Department Stores” exhibit from WTTW - Chicago PBS 👇

A new exhibit at the Elmhurst History Museum is celebrating department stores that originated in the Chicagoland area.

If you weren't able to snag a spot for our gallery talk this past weekend, you can watch an abridged version on our YouT...
11/13/2023

If you weren't able to snag a spot for our gallery talk this past weekend, you can watch an abridged version on our YouTube channel! Check it out below.

Join EHM Curator of Exhibits Sarah Cox on a tour of our recent exhibition, Lost Chicagoland Department Stores. The exhibition runs through January 28, 2024 i...

With Veterans Day this Saturday, today's Throwback Thursday highlights an American Legion Honor Guard ceremony at the Ve...
11/09/2023

With Veterans Day this Saturday, today's Throwback Thursday highlights an American Legion Honor Guard ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Wilder Park on December 7, 1997 in observance of the Pearl Harbor anniversary. The old Elmhurst Public Library building can be seen in the background. The present memorial at the southwest corner of the park was dedicated in 1993. A brief history of Veterans Day in Elmhurst can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/4tnvkzyv

Join us in giving back to our community! Brixmor Property Group, a sponsor of our “Lost Chicagoland Department Stores” e...
11/07/2023

Join us in giving back to our community! Brixmor Property Group, a sponsor of our “Lost Chicagoland Department Stores” exhibit, is hosting their 4th Annual Day of Service Food Drive at Elmhurst Crossing from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, November 10. Bring in non-perishable donations and join the !

All items will be donated to Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry. Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry serves residents of: Elmhurst, Addison, Bensenville, Berkeley, Hillside, Lombard, Oak Brook (primarily Mayslake Village Senior Living Community), Oakbrook Terrace, and Villa Park. They offer a grocery delivery program to the residents of Greencastle of Elmhurst, an independent senior living community in downtown Elmhurst with 80 apartment units, as well as a mobile pantry program to serve low-income families in the Elmhurst area.

Please note: The Elmhurst History Museum’s exterior elevator lift is currently out of order. We apologize for any inconv...
11/07/2023

Please note: The Elmhurst History Museum’s exterior elevator lift is currently out of order. We apologize for any inconvenience and will share an update as soon as the lift is available for use.

If you need assistance or to talk to a staff member, please call us at 630-833-1457.

Happy Throwback Thursday! Today's photograph is a view of the derelict Chicago Great Western railroad tracks and its Elm...
11/02/2023

Happy Throwback Thursday! Today's photograph is a view of the derelict Chicago Great Western railroad tracks and its Elmhurst depot, looking east from S. York Street circa 1971. The tracks fell into disuse following a merger between the CGW Railway and the Chicago and North Western Railway in 1968. The Elmhurst Park District acquired the right-of-way from the CNW in 1971 and developed the land into Wild Meadows Trace park, dedicating the Bicentennial Fountain and restored depot in July 1976.

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Elmhurst, IL
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Friday 1pm - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

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