Adult Programs

FALL 2018 ADULT PROGRAMS:  Download a PDF of our Fall Calendar of Events.

Thursday, September 6

BOOK DISCUSSION: All Quiet on the Western Front


Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 Cost: FREE


Location:

Elmhurst History Museum 2nd Floor Gallery


Registration required:

E-mail ehmprograms@elmhurst.org or call 630-530-6879 
Considered one of the greatest war novels, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque follows Paul Bäumer, a young German soldier who enlists during World War I and struggles with his duty as a soldier and his desire to fight against the hatred that created the atrocities he faces.  Discussion led by Elmhurst Public Library and Elmhurst History Museum staff. Program includes after-hours access to exhibits and a special display of WWI objects from Elmhurst History Museum’s collection. Note: 2018 is the anniversary of the end of World War I.

Sunday, September 23


Rollerspeak & Pop-Up Exhibit with James Turner


Time: 2-4 p.m.  Cost: FREE to EHF Members; $5 (+ Eventbrite fee) Non-Members


Location:

  Elmhurst History Museum Education Center


Registration required:

Online on Eventbrite or  call 630-530-6879 
Were you a rink rat?  Relive your skating memories with James Turner, a founding member of the National Roller Skating Museum and author of the book, History of Roller Skating. Bring your old skating memorabilia to participate in our very own “pop-up” exhibit following his talk, meet fellow rink rats, and share your favorite skating memories through your objects.

Saturday, October 20

 

Haunted History at Fischer Farm & Churchville Schoolhouse

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 per person

Location:

Fischer Farm, 16W680 Grand Ave., Bensenville 


Registration required:

In person at Bensenville Park District, 1000 W. Wood St. or call 630-766-7015
Explore the creepy side of Victorian history! The adventure starts at historic Fischer Farm with a hayride to Churchville Schoolhouse to learn about eerie 19th-century postmortem photography, strange Victorian mourning traditions, and 1870s cemetery symbols. A lantern-lit walk through Churchville Cemetery and Fischer Woods back to the farm follows for tours and local ghost stories. Guests can share spooky stories around the fire with hot cider and s’mores. NOTE: Age 14+ only. Participants must be able to traverse uneven terrain in low light and sign a waiver.

Sunday, November 11

R.J. Lindsey Presents Charles Dawes

Time: 2-3 p.m. Cost: EHF Members FREE; $5 (+ Eventbrite fee) Non-Members

Location:

Elmhurst History Museum Education Center

Registration required:

Online on Eventbrite or call 630-530-6879

In honor of Veteran's Day, R. J. Lindsey brings WWI general, diplomat and politician Charles Dawes to life through a slide show and first-person presentation. General Dawes famously coordinated American, British, Belgian, Italian and French military requirements during the war earning high honors from all five nations. This year marks the 100th anniversary of WWI.
WINTER 2018 ADULT PROGRAMS

Sunday, December 2

It's a Wonderful Life: The Making of a Holiday Classic with Leslie Goddard

Time: 2-3 p.m. Cost: EHF Members FREE; $5 (+Eventbrite free) Non-Members

Location:

Elmhurst History Museum Education Center

Registration required:

Online on Eventbrite or call 630-530-6879
Don't miss this special presentation by popular historian Leslie Goddard as she explores the beloved Frank Capra film, It's a Wonderful Life. Did you know Cary Grant was supposed to star in the movie? That the gym-floor-turned swimming-pool was real? That the movie bombed at the box office? Even those who've seen the holiday classic 150 times will have fun exploring the movies' creating including how the script evolved, cast was chosen, technical challenges and more. Enjoy rare behind-the-scenes photos and find out what happened to the case.