Glen Ellyn Historical Society

Glen Ellyn Historical Society The Glen Ellyn Historical Society has dedicated itself to preserving and chronicling Glen Ellyn's rich history.
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We maintain Stacy's Tavern Museum, Operate Stacy's Corners Store, and sponsor many educational events and programs. MISSION: The mission of the Glen Ellyn Historical Society is to research, collect, preserve and present the history of Glen Ellyn, and to educate and engage the community in understanding the effect of its heritage on the present and future. PURPOSE: The Glen Ellyn Historical Society

is dedicated to enriching the lives of the residents of Glen Ellyn in many ways, including

● Operating and maintaining Stacy's Tavern Museum
● Maintaining and providing access to an extensive collection of historical records
● Providing educational programs for children and adults
● Hosting meetings for numerous community groups
● Sponsoring and participating in various community activities throughout the year

Glen Ellyn History Center Welcomes U.S. Grant: The Hero of Appomattox on Sat. Jan. 27Saturday January 27 at 2:00 PM in t...
01/04/2024

Glen Ellyn History Center Welcomes U.S. Grant: The Hero of Appomattox on Sat. Jan. 27

Saturday January 27 at 2:00 PM in the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main Street, actor and historian Terry Lynch gives a first-person presentation as Ulysses S. Grant. Grant was one of the most historically important figures of the Civil War. It has been 150 years since the Civil War and this program commemorates this anniversary. The actor Lynch reveals how the war impacted the lives of Americans, how the conflict was not restricted to battlefields, and how average citizens’ lives were affected. Admission is $10 adults, $8 GEHS members, and $5 students. Call 630-469-1867 and check the website at www.gehs.org.

A Personal History of St. James Farm Forest PreserveJoin the Glen Ellyn Historical Society as they present Kevin Davis, ...
01/04/2024

A Personal History of St. James Farm Forest Preserve

Join the Glen Ellyn Historical Society as they present Kevin Davis, the Grandson of St. James Farm Manager Frank Schlick, sharing the history of the farm his family worked on. The program is at the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main Street, Friday, January 19th at 7:00 PM. Saint James Farm Forest Preserve has a rich history in DuPage County that stretches back over 180 years. Davis provides a personal and intimate overview as well as photographic history of the farm. This includes art, architecture and a history of the Chauncey and Brooks McCormick family. Since 2003 Davis has been a Volunteer Lead Researcher and interpreter for the St. James Farm Forest Preserve that is part of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. Admission is $5 adults, GEHS members and students $3. Call 630-469-1867 and check website at www.gehs.org.

12/13/2023
Families working on Victorian ornaments and Canterbury Carollers.
12/10/2023

Families working on Victorian ornaments and Canterbury Carollers.

Glen Ellyn Historical Society’s Candlelight and Gingerbread was a Treat for the Entire FamilyGingerbread House winners t...
12/10/2023

Glen Ellyn Historical Society’s Candlelight and Gingerbread was a Treat for the Entire Family
Gingerbread House winners this year included the Glen Ellyn Police Department, the Glen Ellyn Fire Department, the Glen Ellyn Library and several Glen Ellyn families! Stacy’s Tavern Museum was open for candlelight tours and holiday music was provided by the historic Canterbury Carolers who have been singing the beloved carols for 36 years! There were 9 blue ribbons given to Gingerbread Houses that were best in their events. Best Depiction of a Civic Building was the Glen Ellyn Police Department. The Glen Ellyn Fire Department won the Group Award, Brentwood Court Kids won for Youth Entry, Grace Lutheran Church won for Best Community Collaboration, GEHS Board members created Best Depiction of a Historic Structure, The Glen Ellyn Library entry “The Glen Theatre won, the Ranallo Family won for Individuals 9 and under, and the Anderson brothers won in the 10-14 age category. The craft projects offered were ornaments that the participants could take home for their own Christmas Trees. Stacy’s Tavern Museum glowed from the windows with candles. Luminaries lit the way to the entrance of the museum. It was a beautiful Victorian Celebration for all the families. Photo 1 - Glen Ellyn Fire Depart. 2 - Glen Ellyn Police Depart. 3-Glen Ellyn Library. 4 - Grace Lutheran Church Glen Ellyn.

Past winners from last year.  Let's see what fabulous Gingerbread Houses we have this year!
11/28/2023

Past winners from last year. Let's see what fabulous Gingerbread Houses we have this year!

Candlelight and Gingerbread: A Victorian Holiday Celebration for the Entire FamilySaturday, December 9 between 4:00 PM a...
11/28/2023

Candlelight and Gingerbread: A Victorian Holiday Celebration for the Entire Family

Saturday, December 9 between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM, the Glen Ellyn Historical Society presents Candlelight and Gingerbread: A Victorian Holiday Celebration for the Entire Family. The Glen Ellyn History Center at 800 N. Main Street is the beginning location for this event. At the History Center guests can craft Victorian themed ornaments and enjoy snacks and hot chocolate. For their viewing pleasure are the gingerbread houses entered in the gingerbread house contest. They can check out the prize winners. The GEHS thanks Twig and Bloom Garden Club for decorating Stacy's Tavern for the holidays and the museum is open for guests to tour by candlelight. Canterbury Carolers are performing beloved carols throughout the event. $10 Adults, $8 GLHS members, children free with paid adult. Call 630-469-1867 and check website at www.gehs.org.

What a treat for the audience at the Glen Ellyn History Center today! Actress and historian Jessica Michna acted the rol...
11/18/2023

What a treat for the audience at the Glen Ellyn History Center today! Actress and historian Jessica Michna acted the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother in a program that was filled with traditions of the season and favorite recipes. The best part came when the audience shared their families' most beloved Christmas over the years while living in Glen Ellyn. Each person's old Glen Ellyn memory spurred on another audience member to share theirs. Sat. Nov. 18 was a great afternoon for Christmas memories.

Today, Nov. 11 at 2:00 PM historian and actress Leslie Goddard presented the inside story of the production of the belov...
11/11/2023

Today, Nov. 11 at 2:00 PM historian and actress Leslie Goddard presented the inside story of the production of the beloved movie "It's a Wonderful Life!" There were over 75 audience members and all were enjoying Goddard's program. After the movie development was described Goddard opened the floor for questions and there were lots ! The audience members also had experiences involving the movie that they shared!.

The Making of a Holiday Classic – It's a Wonderful Life at Glen Ellyn History Ctr.  Sat. Nov. 11Historian and actress Le...
10/28/2023

The Making of a Holiday Classic – It's a Wonderful Life at Glen Ellyn History Ctr. Sat. Nov. 11

Historian and actress Leslie Goddard explores the making of the holiday classic film, It's a Wonderful Life. On Saturday, November 11 at 2:00 PM, at the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main Street come prepared to learn how the script evolved, how the cast was chosen, and the technical challenges the film makers had to overcome. Enjoy rare photographs taken behind-the-scenes and find out what has happened to the cast. Plan to stay afterward and watch a showing of the actual film with new insight. Refreshments served. $10 adults, $8 GEHS Members, $5 Students. Call 630-469-1867, check website at www.gehs.org.

Thank you Glen Ellyn Lions Club and Dan Anderson!
10/18/2023

Thank you Glen Ellyn Lions Club and Dan Anderson!

Last night we welcomed Dan Anderson from the Glen Ellyn Historical Society who gave a presentation at our meeting on the history of the automobile in Glen Ellyn. Dan also shared some other fascinating stories of Glen Ellyn’s past. We encourage you to check out the history center if you have not already had the chance to learn the interesting history of Glen Ellyn.

The lions host many interesting programs throughout the year in addition to service projects. We are always looking for members to join us in our mission to serve the community. If you are interested in attending an upcoming meeting or service project contact us at [email protected].

Meet Caroline Ingalls: Mittens in the Tree on sat. Nov. 18 – 2:00 PM Glen Ellyn History CenterOn Saturday, November 18 a...
10/16/2023

Meet Caroline Ingalls: Mittens in the Tree on sat. Nov. 18 – 2:00 PM Glen Ellyn History Center

On Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 PM in the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main Street, the Glen Ellyn Historical Society introduces the audience to Caroline Ingalls, mother of noted author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Historian and actress Jessica Michna presents a historical portrayal of Ma Ingalls. Michna becomes Ma Ingalls and shares recipes and traditions of the season that have been collected over the years as the family traveled through the Midwest. Adults are $10, GEHS members are $8 and students (18 and under ) are $5. Call 630-469-1867 and check the website at www.gehs.org.

The Glen Ellyn Historical Society's Pioneer Day was a great success.  Lots and lots of visitors were able to experience ...
09/25/2023

The Glen Ellyn Historical Society's Pioneer Day was a great success. Lots and lots of visitors were able to experience first hand pioneer life. A great treat for the GEHS was that the owner of Goodrich's Farm was able to spend the afternoon. Marilyn Goodrich is 95 years old and she has brought her goats, chickens, and rabbits to Pioneer Day for over 26 years. We were so happy to have her with us Sunday. We thank artist Wes Douglas for his continued artistic support during our event. Former Glenbard West Alum, Joel Jeske came from New York to lend his talent to the day and the 10th Illinois Infantry Regiment Civil War Reenactment Group was GREAT!

GLEN ELLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS THE SALEM WITCH TRIALSSaturday, October 7 at 2:00 PM in the Glen Ellyn History Ce...
09/18/2023

GLEN ELLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS

Saturday, October 7 at 2:00 PM in the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main Street, historian Jessica Michna presents “Goode Rebeka Nurse: The Salem Witch Trials.” It was a new world. The settlers from England had gained a foothold in the verdant land called, “Amerika.” Old traditions were put aside, new ones instituted. Greed, jealousy, suspicion would persist. Was this the root of “The Salem Witch Trials”? Innocent residents of Salem, MA were tried and executed in the most deadly chapter of American History. Learn the true story of one these unlucky residents, portrayed by Michna. $10 adults, $8 GEHS members. Refreshments served. Call 630-469-1867 and go on the website, www.gehs.org.

Paying a visit to Pioneer Day on Sept. 24 is Joel Jeske - born and raised in Glen Ellyn and he has participated in Pione...
08/21/2023

Paying a visit to Pioneer Day on Sept. 24 is Joel Jeske - born and raised in Glen Ellyn and he has participated in Pioneer Days when they first began. He is an actor in New York City and will be on the Pioneer Day grounds taking on the role of a traveling entertainer who delivers fun and happiness to the pioneers.

Today volunteers from the GEHS worked at Taste of Glen Ellyn selling beer, wine, soda and water.  Our shift was 1:30 PM ...
08/19/2023

Today volunteers from the GEHS worked at Taste of Glen Ellyn selling beer, wine, soda and water. Our shift was 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Beautiful day - great meeting all the folks who attended this event. Great music as well as good food!

Pioneer Day at Stacy's Historic Corners Sun. Sept. 24, 1 to 4:30 PMCome see what life was like for the early settlers of...
08/18/2023

Pioneer Day at Stacy's Historic Corners Sun. Sept. 24, 1 to 4:30 PM
Come see what life was like for the early settlers of Glen Ellyn, on the same spot where early residents lived! The location is 800 N. Main Street in Glen Ellyn. This is is an opportunity to try a hand at 1840's life. Interact with the 10th Illinois infantry Regiment Civil War Reenactment Group. There are live farm animals, craft-making for kids, candle making, corn shelling, apple peeling, pioneer games and toys, how to rope a bed, do laundry 1840's style, experience 1840's school in an outdoor classroom, make a rope, tour Stacy's Tavern, and much, much, more. Adults $8, GEHS Members $6; Children (3-17) $4, GEHS Members Children $3; children under 3 are free. Call 630-469-1867, check website at www.gehs.org.

Beginning in 1954, Marilyn Goodrich of Goodrich Farms has participated in the DuPage County Fair. For a very long time G...
07/30/2023

Beginning in 1954, Marilyn Goodrich of Goodrich Farms has participated in the DuPage County Fair. For a very long time Goodrich Farm was the only goat farm in DuPage County. There are now four farms that raise goats in DuPage. Marilyn has participated in the Glen Ellyn Historical Society's Pioneer day for 26 years. The visitors at the site of Stacy's Tavern Museum have enjoyed the goats, chickens and rabbits that the Goodrich's brought for a visit. Pioneer Day is Sunday, September 24 between the hours of 1 to 4:30 PM and the Goodrich animals will be there. Jennifer Sue Mitton-Cox will be at the site with her beautiful horses

GEHS Annual Mum Sale Begins Aug. 1 with Pre-ordersAugust 1 and all through the entire month of August, Mum plant orders ...
07/24/2023

GEHS Annual Mum Sale Begins Aug. 1 with Pre-orders

August 1 and all through the entire month of August, Mum plant orders can be placed at Stacy's Corner Store. The hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The location is 800 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn. This annual fund raiser benefits the Glen Ellyn Historical Society and the plants are known for their hardiness and beauty. Available are two-gallon Mums in 10 inch pots. They come in 5 colors: red, yellow, orange, purple and white. The cost is $20 each or 3 for $55. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6, Mums are for sale at the Glen Ellyn History Center and Stacy's Corners Store. Home delivery is available for a $8 fee in the Glen Ellyn area.
Deliveries will be made Wednesday and Thursday after Labor Day. For best color selection pre-orders are recommended. Additional Mums are for sale Sept. 6 to 9 or until the Mums are sold out.

Beatles Historian Gary Winstrup at Glen Ellyn History Center on Wed. Aug. 9 at 7:00 PMWednesday night, August 9 at 7:00 ...
07/24/2023

Beatles Historian Gary Winstrup at Glen Ellyn History Center on Wed. Aug. 9 at 7:00 PM

Wednesday night, August 9 at 7:00 PM, the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. welcomes

Beatles historian Gary Winstrup. He will trace the arc of The Beatles' career from their development in

Liverpool through Beatlemania, into their psychedelic phase and their dissolution. After a rewarding

career in advertising sales, Gary Winstrup retired and developed courses on the Beatles, Simon &

Garfunkel and Motown Records for the Continuing Education Department of College of DuPage.

Admission to this event is $5 and refreshments are served.

Tonight an audience that numbered over 65 learned and were entertained by actor Terry Lynch as he became John Philip Sou...
07/20/2023

Tonight an audience that numbered over 65 learned and were entertained by actor Terry Lynch as he became John Philip Sousa. Little known facts included that Sousa became a child musician by the age of 11 in 1854, played with the Marine Corp band for many years, quit the Marines and became a conductor after forming his own band. He is noted for writing 135 marches,
his conductor's baton is still passed on to new Marine band conductors and this custom was begun in 1892. He became "the March King" when he traveled to Paris for the Exhibition. During WWII he conducted the Great Lakes Navy Band. After the program the audience was alive with questions and anecdotes they could share. Great event!

The Beatles: Their History in One Hour  -  Program at Glen Ellyn History Ctr. - Wed. August, 9 – 7:00 PM On Wed. August ...
07/11/2023

The Beatles: Their History in One Hour - Program at Glen Ellyn History Ctr. - Wed. August, 9 – 7:00 PM
On Wed. August 9 at 7:00 PM in the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main Street, historian Gary Wenstrup traces the Beatles' careers. This musical entity has not existed for over 50 years, yet their story, their personalities and their music continues to fascinate and resonate. Thanks to a treasure chest of memorable songs and an uncanny ability to chart fresh musical direction with each new album, the Beatles remain one of the world’s most popular and iconic bands. Wenstrup describes their music from their development in Liverpool, through Beatlemania, into their psychedelic phase and finally their dissolution. “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.” Refreshments. Admission $5 at door. Call 630-469-1867 and check the website at www.gehs.org.

Thank you and congratulations Glen Ellyn 4th of July Celebration volunteers and Troop 45 Glen Ellyn for an amazing parad...
07/07/2023

Thank you and congratulations Glen Ellyn 4th of July Celebration volunteers and Troop 45 Glen Ellyn for an amazing parade! And special thanks to the crowds for the warm welcome. In addition to the color guard and service flags, Troop 45 carried South and West flags for their 50th and 100th anniversaries! Our new Executive Director Jeff Anderson marched in the perfect sport coat. So. Much. Fun.

Glen Ellyn Historical Society participated in the Glen Ellyn 4th of July Parade  by including volunteers from Boy Scout ...
07/04/2023

Glen Ellyn Historical Society participated in the Glen Ellyn 4th of July Parade by including volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 45. Our Executive Director served a great breakfast for the group at the line-up site for the parade and had banners for the boys to carry as well as the flags in the Color Guard. Twenty-one scouts were in our entry and 4 Scout Leaders. GEHS Bd. member Mark Pfefferman drove his car - decorated with red, white and blue in the parade. New route this year - Fawell Blvd.

"Cryptanalyst in Chief" was the featured event at the Glen Ellyn History Center today, June 24. Vivien Lasken, Director ...
06/25/2023

"Cryptanalyst in Chief" was the featured event at the Glen Ellyn History Center today, June 24. Vivien Lasken, Director of the Fabyan Villa Museum and Japanese Garden in Geneva, IL shared the code-breaking story of Elizabeth Smith Friedman who broke the enigma codes in WWII and caught N**i spies in South America. Over fifty audience members were drawn into the story of Lasken the code-breaking pioneer. NSA stemmed from her code breaking success.

John Philip Sousa – America's March King – at Glen Ellyn History Center – Wed. July 19 at 7:00 PMThe Glen Ellyn Historic...
06/19/2023

John Philip Sousa – America's March King – at Glen Ellyn History Center – Wed. July 19 at 7:00 PM

The Glen Ellyn Historical Society presents actor and historian, Terry Lynch as John Philip Sousa, America's March King, on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00 PM. This event is at the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main Street in Glen Ellyn. Lynch tells the story of Sousa running away to join the circus when he was 13 years old. As an adult, Sousa became the leader of the United States Marine Corps Band and wrote 136 military marches throughout his career. He conducted this band under 5 US Presidents. Admission is $5 paid at the door. Refreshments served. Check 630-469-1867 or the website at www.gehs.org.

GLEN ELLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS – TERRY LYNCH AS JOHN PHILIP SOUSA:LEADER OF THE BAND – JULY 19 AT 7:00 PM – GLEN...
06/10/2023

GLEN ELLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS – TERRY LYNCH AS JOHN PHILIP SOUSA:
LEADER OF THE BAND – JULY 19 AT 7:00 PM – GLEN ELLYN HISTORY CENTER – 800 N. MAIN STREET

John Philip Sousa – America's March King – at Glen Ellyn History Center – Wed. July 19 at 7:00 PM

The Glen Ellyn Historical Society presents actor and historian, Terry Lynch as John Philip Sousa, America's March King, on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00 PM. This event is at the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main Street in Glen Ellyn. Lynch tells the story of Sousa running away to join the circus when he was 13 years old. As an adult, Sousa became the leader of the United States Marine Corps Band and wrote 136 military marches throughout his career. He conducted this band under 5 US Presidents. Admission is $5 paid at the door. Refreshments served. Check 630-469-1867 or the website at www.gehs.org.

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800 N Main Street
Glen Ellyn, IL
60137

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Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

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(630) 469-1867

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