Adult Programs


Churchville Schoolhouse Fall Open House

Saturday, October 1, 2016
11 a.m.–2 p.m.  FREE
Head back to school at the historic Churchville Schoolhouse, one of the oldest structures in DuPage County (c. 1846) and one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses in Illinois located on its original site. Experience interactive class with the schoolmarm, old-fashioned games, live music by the Battlefield Balladeers, and vintage crafts.  The Conrad Fisher Singers from Conrad Fisher Elementary School in Elmhurst perform folk songs from American history at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Learn to do folk dances like the Virginia Reel and the Circassian Circle dance led by the schoolmarm. Light refreshments provided. Rain or shine. Churchville Schoolhouse is a National Register of Historic Places site owned by the City of Elmhurst and managed by Elmhurst History Museum.

Location: Churchville Schoolhouse 3N784 Church Road, Bensenville
More Info: or 630-833-1457

Mudslinging, Muckraking, and Apple Pie: Presidential Campaigns
Monday, October 3

Time: 7–8 p.m.  FREE
It seems that now more than ever, Presidential campaigns are getting down and dirty. How did this campaign mayhem start? Believe it or not, Presidential campaigns have actually become more civil over the years. In this program, by first-person history presenter Terry Lynch, hear stories of the mudslinging and muckraking of the 1800 Jefferson v. Adams campaign, Jackson v. Adams of 1828, Lincoln v. Douglas of 1860, and Grant v. ANYONE! Also covered is the 1912 election of Teddy Roosevelt when he decided to start his own political party. Co-presented by the Elmhurst History Museum and the Elmhurst Public Library.
Reservations:  Register in person at Elmhurst Public Library, by phone (630) 279-8696, or at

Marion Mahony Griffin: In Her Own Right Opening Lecture

Thursday, October 6

Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free to Members, $10 Non-Members

Elmhurst History Museum’s new exhibit opens with a lecture by author, architect, and professor Dr. Anna Rubbo (PhD, LFAIA, Senior Scholar, Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University), the writer and consultant for the exhibit. Dr. Rubbo will discuss Mahony Griffin’s remarkable life – from her childhood in Chicago, to her studies at MIT Boston, her association with Chicago reformers, and an architectural career spanning three continents. Educated in Australia and the US, Anna Rubbo practiced architecture in Australia and the UK, and has held academic positions in the US and Australia. Rubbo’s work has focused on architecture as a social art, bringing an ethnographic or cultural approach to ways in which design can improve people’s lives—an issue that preoccupied Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin. Rubbo has published widely on Mahony Griffin, design education, and housing.
Location: Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
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York-Cottage Hill Architectural Resources Survey

Wednesday, October 12

Time:  7–8:30 p.m.  FREE

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Join preservation consultant Lara Ramsey as she presents the Elmhurst Historic Preservation Commission's recently completed historic preservation report on the York-Cottage Hill section of Elmhurst. A representative from Landmarks Illinois and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will discuss the benefits of landmark designation.
Location:  Elmhurst City Hall Council Chamber, 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst
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Graceland Cemetery Tour:  Women of Influence

Tuesday, October 25
8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.  Cost: Elmhurst Heritage Foundation Members:  $30; Non-members:  $35
During Chicago’s period of growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women played a major role in many historic events:  they participated in the Underground Railroad, exhibited the first Modern Art paintings, created the juvenile justice system, and even foiled a plot to kill President Lincoln. This tour, presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, celebrates the achievements of women in Chicago history who are buried in Graceland (including Marion Mahony Griffin), remembering their influence on architecture, arts, education and more. Co-presented by the Elmhurst History Museum and the Elmhurst Public Library.  Note: Rain or shine and includes 2 hours of walking through the cemetery.  Please bring a snack and water for bus ride home.
Location: Tour begins at Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst

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Women of Steel & Stone:  Inspirational Architects, Engineers & Landscape Designers from 1800s to Today

Thursday, October 25  Time: 1-2:15 p.m.  FREE
Anna M. Lewis, author of Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers, shares stories of female architects, engineers, and landscape designers from the 1800s to today. Subjects include Marion Mahony Griffin, who worked alongside Frank Lloyd Wright to establish his distinct architectural-drawing style; Emily Warren Roebling, who took over duties as chief engineer on the Brooklyn Bridge project after her husband fell ill; Beverly L. Greene, the first African American woman in the country to get her architecture license; and Zaha Hadid, one of the first women to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Location:  Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst

Reservations:  Online at or call 630-530-6879

Marion Mahony Griffin: A Force of Nature

Thursday, November 1  Time: 7 p.m.  FREE to Members; $5 Non-Members
An extraordinary graphic artist, architect, and landscape architect, Marion Mahony Griffin was no less than a force of nature who today is approaching legendary status. Turning her world upside down in 1914, she and her husband Walter Burley Griffin relocated from Chicago to Sydney to orchestrate the realization of their prize-winning design for Australia’s capital city, Canberra. Long fascinated with and inspired by the natural world, Mahony Griffin was enraptured by the Australian landscape. Christopher Vernon, professor of design and landscape architecture at the University of Western Australia and an international authority on the lives and works of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, presents an illustrated lecture surveying Mahony Griffin’s little known practice as a landscape architect and the legacy of Marion’s impressive work for Canberra and the world. 

Location:  Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
Reservations:  Online at or call 630-530-6879