DuPage County Historical Museum

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Start off your week with a great meal for a great cause TODAY Monday, November 6 or Tuesday, November 7 at Chili's-Danad...
11/06/2023

Start off your week with a great meal for a great cause TODAY Monday, November 6 or Tuesday, November 7 at Chili's-Danada Wheaton! 15% of sales will go back to the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation. Make sure to mention this offer!

Pickup is now available for our Holiday Card Craft Kit! The kit includes all the supplies you need to create 15 handmade...
11/03/2023

Pickup is now available for our Holiday Card Craft Kit! The kit includes all the supplies you need to create 15 handmade Victorian holiday greeting cards. Purchase your kit in advance before you pickup: https://bit.ly/3SwfRIm

For this week’s   we have a Children's toy magic lantern projector. This projector toy was Kerosene-operated from German...
11/02/2023

For this week’s we have a Children's toy magic lantern projector. This projector toy was Kerosene-operated from Germany in 1870. The body is of polished brass and uses a single wick kerosene burner as an illuminant. Some historians maintain that it was the Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695) who in around 1659 constructed the first working magic lantern.

Foundation board members Bob Jacobsen and Glennette Tilley Turner were both featured on Fairhaven Wealth Management’s po...
11/01/2023

Foundation board members Bob Jacobsen and Glennette Tilley Turner were both featured on Fairhaven Wealth Management’s podcast The Local! Listen in to Glennette discussing the underground railroad in episode 27 and Bob’s history growing up in episodes 30 and 33! https://bit.ly/40idRWi

Happy Halloween! Check out these bright orange Halloween noisemakers that we have in our collection. They are from the 1...
10/31/2023

Happy Halloween! Check out these bright orange Halloween noisemakers that we have in our collection. They are from the 1950s and 1960s.

10/30/2023

Run or walk to support the Museum on Saturday, December 2 at Reindeer Run! https://bit.ly/2XwBzlK

Join us at Chili’s-Danada Wheaton on Monday, November 6 and Tuesday, November 7 anytime between 11A-9P and support the D...
10/30/2023

Join us at Chili’s-Danada Wheaton on Monday, November 6 and Tuesday, November 7 anytime between 11A-9P and support the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation. Show or mention this post and 15% of sales, including carry-out will be donated back. We hope to see you there! .

October 28 marks the 132nd anniversary of the Museum building’s opening as the Adams Memorial Library! The Museum buildi...
10/28/2023

October 28 marks the 132nd anniversary of the Museum building’s opening as the Adams Memorial Library! The Museum building housed the first library in Wheaton! Here is a look at the Children’s library that used to be in the Auditorium and Katharine Adams Wells who was the first librarian at the Library!

Join us this Thursday, October 26, as Brian and Joyce Ostberg (BeHistoric) investigate the accidents and tragedies relat...
10/24/2023

Join us this Thursday, October 26, as Brian and Joyce Ostberg (BeHistoric) investigate the accidents and tragedies related to the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin electric railway. This program will be held at the Wheaton Park District Community Center located at 1777 S. Blanchard St, Northside room #242 at 7P. We look forward to seeing you there. https://bit.ly/46ZUjrK

The DuPage County Historical Society will be presenting awards for organizations celebrating 100 years or more on Saturd...
10/23/2023

The DuPage County Historical Society will be presenting awards for organizations celebrating 100 years or more on Saturday, November 11. Join us as we celebrate these milestones! https://bit.ly/3ttSqoI

All aboard for Train Saturday! Join us today from 1:30-3:30P on the lower level of the Museum as the DuPage Society of M...
10/21/2023

All aboard for Train Saturday! Join us today from 1:30-3:30P on the lower level of the Museum as the DuPage Society of Model Engineers runs the HO Gauge Model train! Make sure to find our haunted house!

On Dasher, On Dancer, On Prancer! Reindeer Run is December 2! This winter 5K is sure to put you in the holiday spirit – ...
10/20/2023

On Dasher, On Dancer, On Prancer! Reindeer Run is December 2! This winter 5K is sure to put you in the holiday spirit – in fact, we even encourage it! Come out in your best Santa hats or assortment of jingle bells and Run Run Rudolph to the finish line! All runners receive a long-sleeve t-shirt and antlers. https://bit.ly/2XwBzlK

For today’s   we have a Peineta, which is a traditional comb and hair piece made from a tortoise shell in the Hispanic a...
10/19/2023

For today’s we have a Peineta, which is a traditional comb and hair piece made from a tortoise shell in the Hispanic and Latinx communities. This comb can come in many designs varying from simplistic to very detailed and its origin dates back to early/mid-19th century Spain.

Enjoy October with some spooky reads! We have Witchcraft in Illinois, Illinois Haunted Route 66, Haunted Aurora and more...
10/18/2023

Enjoy October with some spooky reads! We have Witchcraft in Illinois, Illinois Haunted Route 66, Haunted Aurora and more! Check out the gift shop today.

Check out the collar collection donated to the Museum this year. The leather bag is a nifty tool to hold collars in. Fun...
10/17/2023

Check out the collar collection donated to the Museum this year. The leather bag is a nifty tool to hold collars in. Fun fact: the Arrow brand is still around today!

DuPage Roots: Then and Now! has been re-released. Editor Bob Pruter, and Glennette Tilley Turner, author of the updated ...
10/13/2023

DuPage Roots: Then and Now! has been re-released. Editor Bob Pruter, and Glennette Tilley Turner, author of the updated Wheaton chapter will be in attendance at the event. Bring your copy, or get a copy at the event on Saturday, October 21! https://bit.ly/3LTgOXt

For this week’s   we have the employee’s pass for the Century of Progress World’s Fair in 1934. Both the Columbian Expos...
10/12/2023

For this week’s we have the employee’s pass for the Century of Progress World’s Fair in 1934. Both the Columbian Exposition and Century of Progress were held over very long periods due to the large amount of traffic that they would receive from guests from all over the world. This employee’s pass was likely signed in bulk by the secretaries of the organizers due to the large workforce needed to keep such a large event clean and well-maintained for guests.

It’s not just any Halloween 🎃 party, it’s Night at the Museum! Explore the Museum with Mario and Luigi on Friday, Octobe...
10/06/2023

It’s not just any Halloween 🎃 party, it’s Night at the Museum! Explore the Museum with Mario and Luigi on Friday, October 20. Wear your favorite Halloween costume, take part in a flashlight scavenger hunt and more! Get your tickets now: https://bit.ly/45oH1Vi

The Museum is honored to have accepted a donation from the Naperville Preservation, represented by Philip Buchanan for t...
10/05/2023

The Museum is honored to have accepted a donation from the Naperville Preservation, represented by Philip Buchanan for the following books:
• Moser Highlands: A 2022 Architectural Survey of Naperville’s East Highlands
• River Haven Estates: A 2023 Architectural Survey of Naperville’s River Haven Estates

Both books represent subdivisions that were developed by Harold Moser beginning in 1954 with Moser Highlands. Commissioned through grants, each book discusses the history of the subdivision, a description of the survey process, and more. These books will be available in our research library later this fall when the second floor reopens from our restoration project.

Thank you to everyone for coming out to October Fest in support of the DuPage County Historical Museum! It was a fun-fil...
10/04/2023

Thank you to everyone for coming out to October Fest in support of the DuPage County Historical Museum! It was a fun-filled evening. Thank you to our event sponsors DuPage Foundation History DuPage Fund, Euclid Beverage, FirstService Residential Illinois and Bath Planet. We hope the Light the Torch 5K runners enjoyed their post-race after-party!

Check out the photos from the event here: https://bit.ly/48CmoXP

Santa Express 2023 is now SOLD OUT! If you didn’t get the chance to buy tickets this year, get early access next year by...
10/03/2023

Santa Express 2023 is now SOLD OUT! If you didn’t get the chance to buy tickets this year, get early access next year by becoming an Explorers Club member. Learn more and become a member today. https://bit.ly/48qbsMZ

Next year the dates will be announced in August with ticket sales in October.

Happy Anniversary to the Museum! 56 years ago TODAY, October 1, the building became a Museum. Enjoy these photos from op...
10/01/2023

Happy Anniversary to the Museum! 56 years ago TODAY, October 1, the building became a Museum. Enjoy these photos from opening day in 1967 of visitors exploring the collections.

Prost! Raise your glass and say "Cheers!" at October Fest! Join us as Wurst Kase Scenario takes the stage. The family-fr...
09/30/2023

Prost! Raise your glass and say "Cheers!" at October Fest! Join us as Wurst Kase Scenario takes the stage. The family-friendly festivities continue until 9P at the Central Athletic Complex!

It's a brew-tiful day for October Fest! Come enjoy German-themed food and beverages, kids' activities and live entertain...
09/30/2023

It's a brew-tiful day for October Fest! Come enjoy German-themed food and beverages, kids' activities and live entertainment TODAY at the Central Athletic Complex from 3-9P!

TONIGHT'S LIVE ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP:
🎵 3:30 - 4:15P: Vest Dance Troupe
🎵 4:30P - 6:00P: The Wayouts
🎵 6:30P - 8:30P: Wurst Kase Scenario

For today’s   post we have an item from the “Meet Me at the Fair” exhibit. Before pencils came into common usage, ink pe...
09/28/2023

For today’s post we have an item from the “Meet Me at the Fair” exhibit. Before pencils came into common usage, ink pens were the most common way of signing one's name, writing notes, and for most other tasks involving writing which were done on the go. These are ink blotters that were given out at the Century of Progress Exhibition that catch the eye with their golden sheen and advertise the Paul Revere House, which itself was an ad for the Revere Copper and Brass company. Both blotters are currently displayed in the textile gallery of the Museum!

It's me, Mario! It's me, Luigi! It's.. Night at the Museum! Join us on October 20 for a fun evening meeting Mario and Lu...
09/27/2023

It's me, Mario! It's me, Luigi! It's.. Night at the Museum! Join us on October 20 for a fun evening meeting Mario and Luigi, a multi-floor scavenger hunt, crafts, and more. https://bit.ly/45oH1Vi

We are looking forward to October Fest this Saturday, 9/30! Come on out and join us for pumpkin painting, food, beer gar...
09/26/2023

We are looking forward to October Fest this Saturday, 9/30! Come on out and join us for pumpkin painting, food, beer garden, small rides and live entertainment! Free admission, suggested donation of $5.00 benefits the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation. Huge thank you to event sponsor DuPage Foundation: History DuPage Fund. https://bit.ly/3Cs1UQC

As Museum restorations continue, there have been some interesting finds, including a Mercury dime and a Sugar Babies wra...
09/25/2023

As Museum restorations continue, there have been some interesting finds, including a Mercury dime and a Sugar Babies wrapper. These findings are fascinating to staff who believe the Sugar Babies wrapper was from the early 1960s, before the wrapper design changed. The Mercury dime, which was last made in 1945, was found with a 1960 penny. The wrapper and coins were found in opposite sides of the room.

If you have completed renovations at your house, what have you found? Let us know in the comments!

This Wednesday, September 27 we will be having a program about the history and value of the Illinois Prairie Path. Sign ...
09/24/2023

This Wednesday, September 27 we will be having a program about the history and value of the Illinois Prairie Path. Sign up and join us at the Community Center Atten Room 222 at 7P. https://bit.ly/3Zq3Dmc

In the gift shop we are excited to include DuPage Roots Then and Now, a book on the comprehensive and authoritative hist...
09/23/2023

In the gift shop we are excited to include DuPage Roots Then and Now, a book on the comprehensive and authoritative historical treatment of DuPage County to date. On October 21 we will have a book signing with some of the authors and editors. You can purchase your copy of the book at the Museum. Register for the event here: https://bit.ly/3LTgOXt

Congratulations to the Illinois Prairie Path on celebrating 60 years on the trail!
09/22/2023

Congratulations to the Illinois Prairie Path on celebrating 60 years on the trail!

Thanks to naturalist May Theilgaard Watts's vision, bikers and trail users are now reaping the benefits in Cook, DuPage and Kane counties.

The Museum will be speaking at the Winfield Public Library next Thursday about ghost towns in DuPage County!
09/22/2023

The Museum will be speaking at the Winfield Public Library next Thursday about ghost towns in DuPage County!

Reminder: this event is happening on the last week of the month. Registration is still open. Spaces are available. Click here to register: https://winfieldlib.evanced.info/signup
and look for September 28.

For today’s   post we have this photo of a temp shoe from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Beauty standards dictated th...
09/21/2023

For today’s post we have this photo of a temp shoe from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Beauty standards dictated that women wear heeled boots, often rising above the ankle and laced by hand. The function of the heel was to give the leg and foot a clearly feminine shape. Heels were worn for formal occasions, including church services. The heel design was suited for hard cobblestone and concrete streets.

There’s more to explore at the DuPage County Historical Museum! Our Explorers Club Membership gets you early-bird access...
09/20/2023

There’s more to explore at the DuPage County Historical Museum! Our Explorers Club Membership gets you early-bird access to Santa Express, extended hours for select Train Saturdays, discounts, and more! Learn more and sign up today: https://bit.ly/3DsETRf

September is International Underground Railroad Month. Glennette Tilly-Turner, DuPage County Historical Museum Foundatio...
09/19/2023

September is International Underground Railroad Month. Glennette Tilly-Turner, DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation Board Member specializes in the history of the Underground Railroad. This month, the Chicago Tribune has been sharing various articles about the history. Learn about the history and stories here: https://bit.ly/3RtOAWC

This Wednesday, Debra Dudek will be discussing how you can widen your search for birth dates and locations. This event i...
09/18/2023

This Wednesday, Debra Dudek will be discussing how you can widen your search for birth dates and locations. This event is in partnership with the DuPage County Genealogical Society. Register for the event, taking place at the Community Center, Rathje room 214 September 20 at 7P! https://bit.ly/3EKTkQi

We are having a Train Saturday this afternoon! From 1:30-3:30P volunteers from the DuPage Society of Model Engineers wil...
09/16/2023

We are having a Train Saturday this afternoon! From 1:30-3:30P volunteers from the DuPage Society of Model Engineers will be operating trains. Explorers Club members can enjoy an extra hour of trains from 3:30-4:30P. We look forward to seeing you!

09/16/2023

Support the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation and stop by October Fest! We’ll have delicious food, drinks, and fun – all in support of our county’s history. Free admission, suggested donation of $5.00. Thank you to the DuPage Foundation for sponsoring! https://bit.ly/3Q76tHt

Parents! Are you looking for a fun and safe Halloween celebration for you and your children? Night at the Museum is the ...
09/12/2023

Parents! Are you looking for a fun and safe Halloween celebration for you and your children? Night at the Museum is the event for you. Learn more and get your tickets now: https://bit.ly/45oH1Vi

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102 E Wesley Street
Wheaton, IL
60187

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:30am - 4pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 4pm
Thursday 10:30am - 4pm
Friday 10:30am - 4pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm

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(630) 510-4941

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