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2017 Ruth Strand Poster Contest Winners Announced
The Elmhurst Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Ruth Strand Poster Contest! Ten Elmhurst Schools participated and the following were selected from the many beautiful posters depicting Elmhurst History:

1st Place – Wileinne Velano, Lincoln School

2nd Place – Lucy Killik, Edison School (tie)

2nd Place – Ignas Zemaitaitis, Jackson School (tie)

3rd Place – Sara Steinecker, Emerson School

Honorable Mentions: Ellie Close, Edison; Zeshawn Mughal, Emerson; Rachel Reiff, Field; Valeria Delgado, Fischer; Maeve Wicklow, Hawthorne; Elizabeth Buranakanchana, Jackson; Grant Arquilla, Jefferson; Beau Walker, Lincoln; Lilly McDonough, Visitation; Lily Ohm, Immanuel Lutheran

The children and their families were honored at a reception at the Elmhurst History Museum on May 24, and at City Council on June 5. The winning participants were also marched with the Foundation during the Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade on May 29. Congratulations to all the winners and participating children who shared their vision of Elmhurst history with the community.

Elmhurst Heritage Foundation Web Site

The Elmhurst Heritage Foundation has its own web site at www.elmhurstheritagefoundation.org
This site is the place to purchase tickets for EHF events, become a member of the Foundation, find out more about the organization, or make a donation.

Become a Member of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation


The Elmhurst Heritage Foundation supports the Elmhurst History Museum with a membership program and invites everyone to take advantage of its many benefits. Find out more about the membership program or download the Membership Brochure.

What Is the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation All About?

In 2007, the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization, was established by the merger of the Elmhurst Historical Museum Foundation (founded in 1992) and the City's Historical Commission. The Foundation’s mission is to stimulate broad-based support for local history, the Elmhurst History Museum, and the Churchville Schoolhouse through advocacy, education and fundraising.This citizen-based support group works actively in the community to support the Elmhurst History Museum and the Churchville Schoolhouse -- two very important cultural institutions that allow residents and visitors to experience the unique history of Elmhurst. Through strategic planning, donor development, outreach, and essential fundraising, the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation will offer guidance and support to keep history alive for future generations.

Since its inception, the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation has planned and implemented several fundraising events and donor campaigns to make significant contributions to achieve these goals. Some examples of this support include:
  • Donations to complete renovation of the historic Churchville Schoolhouse;
  • A new membership program to encourage community support;
  • Donation of history books to Elmhurst elementary schools;
  • Provision of transportation for student field trips to the Museum and the Churchville Schoolhouse;
  • An expanded volunteer program to offset staff reductions;
  • Annual grants to enhance Museum exhibits and programs and to support ongoing living history programming at the Churchville Schoolhouse.