Dundee Township Historical Society

Dundee Township Historical Society Preserving the history of Dundee Township, Illinois. Opening Day: Sunday, March 10, 2024, 2-4 pm

Wishing all of our Dundee kids a wonderful First Day of School! This Fall marks 150 years since Dundee Community High Sc...
08/15/2023

Wishing all of our Dundee kids a wonderful First Day of School!

This Fall marks 150 years since Dundee Community High School opened on 6th and Kane in West Dundee! Stay tuned this week for more local school history!

🚲 Please watch for students walking and biking!

🚌 Know and Follow School Bus Laws!

🚨 Obey posted school speed limits!

Review School Bus Laws here:https://www.isbe.net/Documents/bus_safety_motorist.pdf

The museum is open from 2-4 pm today!Hope to see you soon!
08/13/2023

The museum is open from 2-4 pm today!

Hope to see you soon!

Lots of demonstrations set up and ready for your visit!Join us from 2-4 pm!
08/06/2023

Lots of demonstrations set up and ready for your visit!

Join us from 2-4 pm!

07/09/2023

Museum is open today!
From 2-4 pm.

Enjoy this beautiful afternoon!

06/25/2023

Since you don’t have to water your plants or garden today, be sure to come by the Museum! 🌧️☀️🪻

Open from 2-4 pm!
Average visit time is 30-45 minutes.

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 area graduates. Wishing you the best in the next chapter of your lives. We wanted t...
06/21/2023

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 area graduates. Wishing you the best in the next chapter of your lives. We wanted to share about the Dundee graduates from 100 years ago!

Dundee High School Class of 1923
31 Classmates

Melvin Ahrens
Milton Albrecht
Frank Bingham
Eugene Borchart
Florence Burroughs
Majorie Dwyer
Hazel Eatinger
Glen Ehlert
Stella Ekstrom
Harriet Finn
Paul Griffith
Ida Guge
Grace Hall
Marie Henning
Harold Hoxie
Clayton Krien
Fred Miller
Ruth Miller
Hulda Moldenhauer
Mary Mueller
Lucille Nolte
Esther Pearson
LaVerne Puffpaff
Richard Rath
Walter Riemer
Fred Rieche
Barbara Rowe
Gladys Smith
Etha Smith
Florence Svoboba
Spencer Tarnow

We have researched all the 1923 graduates for their life stories. Here’s some of our findings: Melvin Ahrens founded Flowerwood Garden Shop in Crystal Lake in 1948. Eugene Borchart married his classmate Hulda Moldenhauser. Glen Ehlert served in US army during WW2 (8/23/1943-6/17/1946). Paul Griffith became a Doctor and served in the US Army Medical Corps during WW2 (11/24/1941-2/2/1946) was awarded the Bronze star for actions in North Africa.

📖 Please stop in on a Wednesday afternoon and read more about their life at the Dundee Township Historical Society Library from 2 to 4 pm.

🏛️ The Museum is open from 2 to 4 pm on Sundays for the season.

If you have any more information on these people, let us know! We would like to add that to their life story.

💡 Point of Fact: The name of Dundee Community High School was first created in 1927.

The museum is open from 2-4 pm today.Stop by for a visit!
06/11/2023

The museum is open from 2-4 pm today.

Stop by for a visit!

Pass through Grafelman Park this weekend to admire all of decorated trees! 🌲🎄 The Dundee Township Historical Society dre...
12/03/2022

Pass through Grafelman Park this weekend to admire all of decorated trees! 🌲🎄

The Dundee Township Historical Society dressed a Victorianesque tree at the Ron Rhoades Festival of Trees. It is adorned with popcorn garland, fruit and vintage-inspired ornaments, both thrifted and handmade, and filled with facts about Dundee Township!

🗳 You can vote for our tree by “liking” our photo at Dundee Township Lions Club between 12/4 and 12/11!

We hope to see you today at the Dickens of a Christmas Sale today from 9 am to 3 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran in West Dundee! Event is linked below.

A Blast From the Past! Here we have Charles Dickens, err, Dave Edwards, participating in the Living Windows circa...the ...
11/21/2022

A Blast From the Past!

Here we have Charles Dickens, err, Dave Edwards, participating in the Living Windows circa...the late 20th Century!

Dickens in Dundee is a fun-filled weekend! Follow Village of East Dundee and Village of West Dundee for updates on the various events happening for Dickens in Dundee

And please join us for the Dickens of a Christmas Sale on Saturday! You're sure to find a treat!

Saturday, December 3, 2022
9am-3pm

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
410 W Main St, West Dundee, IL 60118

Newspaper Photo by Matt Kryger/The Courier-News

The Dundee Township Historical Society recognized 3 township homes at its annual Historic Sites Program and Plaque Prese...
11/15/2022

The Dundee Township Historical Society recognized 3 township homes at its annual Historic Sites Program and Plaque Presentation on Sunday, November 6, 2022.

In order to qualify for this recognition a structure must be at least 100 years old and maintain its original appearance and building materials.

Homes from 1855, 1893, and 1920 were recognized and received plaques.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Annual Garage Sale benefitting the Historical Museum!It was a wonderful time a...
10/02/2022

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Annual Garage Sale benefitting the Historical Museum!
It was a wonderful time and had a great turn out.

🤝 A special thank you to all of our volunteers—you are valued and appreciated.

🎄 Stay tuned for information about the Holiday Sale that runs during Dickens in Dundee!

🔍 Check this page for information about our upcoming Historically Haunted Car Show and Plaque Presentation!

It’s a beautiful day for a Historical Garage Sale!Come find treasures in every corner for every interest. Priced to sale...
10/01/2022

It’s a beautiful day for a Historical Garage Sale!

Come find treasures in every corner for every interest. Priced to sale!

Featured Item at the Historical Garage Sale!Les Santons from the Provence region of FranceThere is a Nativity Set and ot...
10/01/2022

Featured Item at the Historical Garage Sale!

Les Santons from the Provence region of France

There is a Nativity Set and other village characters available.

Join us today until 4 pm and tomorrow from 9 am to 2 pm.

06/02/2022

Please join us for our Summer Cemetery Walk on Sunday, June 26th from 1-4pm starting at the Dundee Township Historical Society Museum, 426 Highland Ave, West Dundee. A $5 donation per person is requested.

06/02/2022

Passport to Adventure

The local museums in Kane and DuPage Counties invite the general public on a quest to find fun facts, mysterious stories, amazing outdoors, and unbelievable history. The annual “Passport to Adventure Program,” which returned to a printed version this year, is your ticket to the many amazing and exciting activities that museums provide to enrich our lives and communities.

Children and adults alike can explore all the wonders that local museums have to offer including art, history and living history, science, games, and nature. At each location, you can receive a stamp in the passport booklet. Fill your passport with as many stamps as you can! Visitors who get six stamps can mail in their stamp page for a chance to win a prize!

The booklets are locally available at:
Dundee Township Historical Society Museum, 426 Highland Ave, West Dundee
Centerville School, Randall Oaks Park, 17N350 Randall Rd, West Dundee
Fox River Valley Public Library District, Dundee Branch, 555 Barrington Ave, East Dundee

12/23/2021

Dundee Township Historical Society Museum & The Research Library are closed for the 2021 season starting 12/23/2021. Opening Day for 2022 will be Sunday 3/13/2022. Messages will be monitored during this time.
We will be monitoring email during that time, [email protected] .

11/26/2021

The Dundee Township Historical Society annual "Dickens of a Sale" is scheduled for Saturday, December 4th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m during the Dickens in Dundee celebration. (notice time has been extended by 1 hour) Featured in the sale are Christmas decorations, linens, ornaments, hand crafted baskets, quilted wall hangings, nativities, and decorations from around the world as well as many other unusual holiday items. The ladies group at Bethlehem Lutheran Church will feature their annual soup and sandwich luncheon, bake sale, and craft sale. The sale and luncheon will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Main Street in West Dundee. As precaution shoppers are asked to wear face coverings and be aware of "social distancing". We thank you beforehand for your co-operation in these uncertain times.

The Dundee Township Historical Society will participate in the Christmas Market at Faith Lutheran Church located at 2525 Helm Road in Carpentersville on Saturday, December 11th from 10:00 a.m. until 3p.m. Hand-crafted Christmas items from society members will be featured.

09/18/2021

2021 Historical Society Garage Sale

Saturday, Sept 25th 8AM to 3PM

Sunday, Sept 26th 9AM to 2PM



The Dundee Township Historical Society presents its

Super Spectacular Garage Sale

Sale location: 611 E Main St East Dundee IL 60118



Treasures for everyone: Haeger Pottery, antiques, collectibles, books, vintage yearbooks,



linens, furniture, glassware, household items, toys, fabric & sewing patterns,

costume jewelry, lamps and much, much more.



Profits from the sale support the historical museum.

For more information call 847-428-6996.



Face masks required for entry into sale per state mandate.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

2021 SEASONWe look forward to having you visit our museum.Museum hours are Wednesdays and Sundays 2-4pm.  Research libra...
07/07/2021

2021 SEASON

We look forward to having you visit our museum.

Museum hours are Wednesdays and Sundays 2-4pm. Research library hours are Wednesdays 2-4pm.
Passport to Adventure Summer 2021


Visit your favorite museums throughout Kane and DuPage Counties every summer with the Passport to Adventure, brought to you by the Kane DuPage Regional Museum Association (KDRMA). In past years Passport books were available at participating museums and local libraries.
This year we'll be moving to a digital passport! With the ongoing changes at all the KDRMA institutions the past year and now that things are opening back up we thought it was the best option. KDRMA is working hard behind the scenes to get the app up and running as soon as possible!

If you're looking for one now you can find the Passport from last year on the website still
http://www.kdrma.org/printable-passport-pages.html

Printable Passport Pages
Kane DuPage Regional Museum Association

We are excited to bring you the new experience so please bear with us and hope you are already enjoying all of our wonderful Kane DuPage sites this summer!!

Kane DuPage Regional Museum Association

12/14/2020

Due to the Corona Virus, the Dundee Township Museum will be closed until at least March 2021.
Should you wish to contact us please leave a message on the Museum phone. (847) 428-6996
Stay well and we will see you next year.

12/12/2020

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

One hundred years ago the world was struggling with the effects of a pandemic. It is believed that it started in the trenches on the battlefield of WWI. It spread through western Europe into Poland and on through every inhabited part of the globe.
An estimated 500 million people were infected with the virus, nearly 1/3 of the world's population at the time.
Because the war took precedence, news of the pandemic was not front page news. The American people were un-informed. In 1919 The virus went through three separate waves, the second being even more devastating than the first. It attacked the lungs and Pneumonia was a major concern. There was no vaccine and antibiotics to curb infection were not available. There were no national government agencies to offer any form of assistance. Decisions regarding public health were left up to the local government. It was recommended that people practice personal hygiene, use disinfectants, isolate, quarantine, limit public gatherings, and wear masks.
President Wilson was in Paris negotiating a peace treaty when he fell ill with the virus. The cause of his illness was not made known to the public.
The "flu" faded by 1920 leaving nearly 50 million dead worldwide. The death toll in the U.S. alone was estimated between 500,000 and 675,000.

Masks suggested by the Kolynos Company in their Chicago Tribune advertisement, November 1918. The Kolynos liquid contained eucalyptus, thymol, menthol, benzoic acid, saccharine and other ingredients. We do not suggest this for 2020.

08/28/2020

The Dundee Township Historical Museum is now open Sundays and Wednesdays, 2-4, BY APPOINTMENT.
To make an appointment call 847-428-6996 or e-mail DTHS @ sbcglobal.net.
The research library is available on Wesnesdays only, also by appointment.
The museum currently has an exhibit honoring the Suffragists.
A 15 minute program relating the history of the fight for women's right is presented BY RESERVATION.
Masks are required for all visitors.
The museum is located at 426 Highland Ave. West Dundee.
The annual garage sale has been cancelled. We hope to see all our regular shoppers next year.
Thank you for your support.

08/08/2019

The museum will hold its annual garage sale on Saturday, August 10 from 9; a.m. 'til 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 11 from 9:00 a.m. 'til 2:00 p.m. at 611 East Main Street (old Summit School) East Dundee. Treasures for sale include Haeger Pottery and catalogs, collectibles, antiques, vintage yearbooks, Precious Moments collectibles, linens, jewelry, toys, books, artwork, glassware, household items, small furniture, lamps, garden art, videos, DVDs, CD's, and much, much more.
There is something for everyone.

07/15/2019
05/04/2019

The hours for the Historical Society are:
Wed 2 until 4
Sun 2 until 4 library is not upon on Sunday

04/26/2019

"Down on the Farm"

The Dundee Township Historical Society will present a special program, "Down on the Farm", on Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the museum, 426 Highland in West Dundee.
The program will focus on the story of farming in rural Dundee Township. Those early settlers who crossed the vast prairie and came to the Fox Valley found an abundance of untouched forest, crystal clear water and rich black soil. Here they found a place to build a home and take up farming. So they staked their claims, cleared the land, tilled the soil and planted their crops. As more and more people came, small businesses popped up in the tiny towns along the Mighty Fox, but it was the farmer who would eventually make this place an important and prosperous community.
The country-side would soon become dotted with farms. They came from the east, and from across the great ocean. Among the numerous farm families were the Crichtons, the Binnies, and the Farrells. Alfred Edwards, a successful businessman, had hundreds of acres of working farmland. There were the Millers, Teeples, Klahns, Nepermans and so many more. Names we recognize to this day. Guest speaker, Norm Neperman, will share stories of his great grandfathers who immigrated from Germany and took up farming in Dundee Township. Mr. Neperman's grandfathers and his parents carried on the farming tradition as their forefathers had done in the "old country". The Neperman farm has remained in the family since the 1870s.
As the farms around us are disappearing, the rich history is being forgotten. Farming was a hard life and played an important role in the American success story.
The story of life "Down on the Farm" will begin after a brief meeting and election of officers. All are invited to join the historical society members to hear a small part of the big story.
Refreshments will be served. There is no charge. Donations appreciated.
For more information call the museum at 847-428-6996.
Regular museum hours are Sundays and Wednesdays from 2 - 4.

07/30/2018

ANNUAL GARAGE SALE

The museum will have its annual "Super, Spectacular Garage Sale" on Sat. Aug 11th from 9:00 a.m. til 4:00 p.m. and Sun. Aug 12 from 9:00 a.m. til 2:p.m.
The sale will be held at 611 East Main Street, East Dundee (old Summit School). Items for sale include jewelry, household, glassware, books,
small antiques and collectibles, tools, furniture, pottery, games and puzzles, garden stuff and much more. Many items are new or gently used.
Thanks to all our members and friends for their generous donations to this museum fund raiser

07/30/2018

The Civil War Comes to Carpentersville August 4th and 5th

The Village of Carpentersville and Stanford’s Battery will
host a Civil War Reenactment on August 4thand 5th, Saturday and Sunday in Carpenter Park.

The park will be open to the public from 10am -4pm both days.
Visitors can expect a variety of special events throughout the weekend

Events include living history demonstrations, historical presentations, period music, skirmishes and battles.

Don’t miss the Dundee Township Historical Society history booth.

04/26/2017

The Annual meeting will take place May 7th before the program "The War to End All Wars" about WW1

04/24/2017
SAVE THE DATES AUGUST 6 & 7 10 T0 4 AT CARPENTER PARK The Historical Society will be serving lemonade and selling raffle...
07/07/2016

SAVE THE DATES AUGUST 6 & 7 10 T0 4 AT CARPENTER PARK

The Historical Society will be serving lemonade and selling raffle tickets for a chance to fire the cannon.

04/26/2016

The Annual Meeting and Program will be held on Sunday, May 1st, at 2:00 pm at the Dundee Township Historical Society museum.

A brief business meeting with election of officers will be followed by a program by Dundee Township Supervisor, Susan Harney. The program will feature the Jelke Creek Bird Sanctuary located east of Sleepy Hollow Road and north of Boncosky Road in West Dundee.

Guests will learn about this special habitat of wetlands, prairie and woods, preserved not only for birds, but for the wildlife that is being displaced due to development.

The meeting and program are open to all residents and visitors. There is no charge. Donations appreciated.

For more information call the museum at 847-428-6996

03/13/2016

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03/09/2016

The museum will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 2 – 4 pm beginning Sunday, March 13th.

2016 SEASON OPENING PROGRAM
The museum will kick off the 2016 season on Sunday, March 20th at 2:00 pm.

Ray Fraser, amateur archeologist and appraiser of Indian artifacts, will present a program on March 20th, at 2:00 pm at the Dundee Township Historical Society.

Hope to see you there. Newsletter attached.

12/12/2015

The Dundee Historical Society is always looking for volunteers.
There are opportunities for the following;
board member, commitee member, library, docent, garden keeper.
Leave a message here.

10/29/2015

Sunday, November 1st at 2 pm the Dundee Township Historical Society welcomes Michael Murschel who will present “Messengers of the Unseen: Spiritualism in the Fox River Valley of Illinois”.
Michael J. Murschel is a Funeral Celebrant, Spiritual Director, speaker, and author. . He and his family live in Elgin, Illinois, in a very old home with many ‘interesting’ noises and peripheral visions.
Known to many as a regional religion writer, he provided both the Elgin Courier News and the Daily Herald with weekly religion features for more than a quarter-century. He has authored more than 3,000 published pieces which have appeared in international, regional, and local publications; and his own six-volume book series, The Uncommon History of Elgin, Illinois and Surrounds.
This presentation at the Historical Society museum is open to the public. Donations are appreciated

Dickens of a Christmas Sale 12/5
The Dundee Township Historical Society will hold its annual Christmas sale during the Dickens in Dundee Celebration.
The sale will be held on Saturday, December 5th, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church located at 410 W. Main St. in West Dundee from 9am to 4pm.
It is a great place to find new, gently used, and vintage Christmas items sold at reasonable prices.

Charitable Giving
When making end of the year donations, remember the Dundee Township Historical Society Museum. It houses artifacts and information about our past and keeps the memories alive so they are not lost for future generations. It is who we are whether we grew up in Dundee Township or not, we are here now and it is home.
It does come with a cost. Funded through membership dues, fundraisers, grants and donations we pay for repairs and renovations to a building almost 90 years old, utilities, insurance, general maintenance, etc.
Over the last few years we have replaced our decades old museum hot water heater and seal coated the driveway. We have come almost to the end of our project which is to replace 27 windows and 5 doors in the museum. We are short $1,300 to conclude this project with the last 2 of 5 doors. We would gladly welcome any membership contributions to finish this ambitious project.
Understanding our past gives us a sense of being and helps us to enrich ourselves and our community. Please consider making a charitable donation this year.

Thank You
Thank you to all those who donated items for our summer Garage Sale that was a success due to the generosity of many. The Garage Sale Goddess is already acquiring unique, vintage and other desirable things and storing them in her kingdom until the next sale.

Thank you to the Kane County Board and the EFS Foundation for once again awarding grants that have allowed us to continue with much needed building renovations.
Thank you to all who have donated time, talent and treasures throughout the year.

07/30/2015

2015 Exhibits
The exhibit for 2015 to fill the north room will revolve around the works of several Dundee Township wood carvers, including Harold and Tom Haertel, Fred and Ken Holtz, and Roy, Bob, and Josh Guge. Many carvings, from the tall stately Sandhill Crane to such tiny birds as a Pine Siskin, will be on exhibit.
The exhibit in the south room will highlight the Yeoman City of Childhood, an orphanage and school opened in 1926 by the Brotherhood of American Yeomen, a fraternal organization of the American Mutual Life Insurance company. The grounds and farm covered 680 acres just south of West Dundee along Rt. 31, and the children and employees became a part of our community for decades.

07/30/2015

We Are History Documentary Series
Most recorded history starts as a “word of mouth” story told from one person to another or handed down from generation to generation. The age of video recording is changing that, however there are still many “historical treasures” being “kept secret” inside the memory banks of many making Us all a part of history. It is our mission to record and share those treasures with everyone because “We Are History“.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING INTERVIEWED ON VIDEO TAPE, PLEASE CONTACT THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AT [email protected]

07/09/2015

Annual Super Spectacular Garage Sale
Saturday July 25th from 9am to 4pm
Something for everyone: Antiques, collectibles, books, vintage linens, furniture, crystal and glassware, barware, household items, toys, even the kitchen sink.
Sorry NO EARLY BIRDS

Profits from the sale support the historical museum. For more information call 847-428-6996

Donations are still being excepted call 847-609-3585

There will be a membership table for those of you who would like to join and or volunteer.

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426 Highland Avenue
West Dundee, IL
60118

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