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Elmhurst History Museum

  1. In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin

    October 7, 2016, 1:00 PM - March 12, 2017, 5:00 PM

    Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961) was one of America’s first female architects, a Chicagoan also known as a skilled artist, environmentalist, and community activist. A central contributor to the Prairie School of Architecture, her drawings of the Unity Temple and many other projects introduced Frank Lloyd Wright’s early work to the world. Mahony Griffin was the first woman architect registered in Illinois who became a pioneer in architecture and community planning. A key member of Wright’s Oak Park Studio for 15 years, she and husband Walter Burley Griffin won the international design competition for Canberra, Australia’s national capital. This exhibition traces her early life, her personal and professional partnership with Griffin on three continents, the final years of her life in Chicago—and sheds light on the work and legacy of a Chicagoan of immense but often overlooked importance.

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  2. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

    December 15, 2016, 1:00 PM - December 28, 2017, 5:00 PM

    Take an interactive journey through Elmhurst history! Experience engaging towers filled with one-of-a-kind objects, compelling photos, and first-person video accounts from locals. Check out the award-winning, hands-on tabletop map that explores Elmhurst past and present, and take a seat in the mini-theatre to view an original documentary on Elmhurst history.

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  3. School's Out Workshop: Forest Portraits

    February 20, 2017, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Monday, February 20 School’s Out Family Workshop: Forest Portraits Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m. Cost: Elmhurst Heritage Foundation Members: $12/person; Non-members: $15/person When Marion Mahony Griffin moved from Chicago to Australia, she fell in love with the beautiful form and exotic color of the natural environment. She created a series of tall botanical drawings of trees made with Japanese inks on colored silk, which she called Forest Portraits. Debora Wood, artist, author and curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, will teach this unique technique so participants can create a Forest Portrait of their own—inspired by our natural surroundings! Kids and parent/caregiver participate together. Appropriate for families in grades 1–5. Reservations: elmhursthistory.org (Family Programs Section) or http://bpt.me/2697812 Location: Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst More Info: elmhursthistory.org or call 630-833-1457

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  1. In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin

    December 1, 2016 - March 12, 2017 @ Elmhurst History Museum

    Learn about the life of pioneering architect, community planner, and landscape designer. Marion Mahony Griffin, the first woman architect in Illinois and a Prairie School innovator who was a Chicagoan of immense but often overlooked importance.

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  2. Special Exhibit “Fabergé Style Carvings”

    December 1, 2016 - March 26, 2017 @ Lizzadro Museum

    This exhibit features replicas of Fabergé’s original hard stone carving designs including flower studies, figurines and animals made in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

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  3. Elmhurst Artists’ Guild presents Michael Klaus Schmidt solo art exhibition

    February 19, 2017 - March 31, 2017 @ Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at Elmhurst Art Museum

    Michael Klaus Schmidt is an award winning artist and illustrator. Raised in the Chicago area, his work has appeared in shows around the country and internationally, including Chicago, San Francisco, London, Toronto, New Orleans and more. Free opening reception Feb. 24, 7 - 9 pm.

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  4. In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin

    February 20, 2017, All Day @ Elmhurst History Museum

    Marion Mahony Griffin was much more than a talented artist and architect: she was the backbone of the Prairie School of Architecture who brought the work of many more famous architects to life -- including her husband, Walter Burley Griffin, and the inimitable genius Frank Lloyd Wright. Her often uncredited work includes detailed, sumptuous renderings of such masterpieces as Fallingwater, Unity Temple, the Plan for Canberra, and many more. Griffin deserves recognition in her own right as the second woman to receive an architecture degree from MIT, the first woman architect registered in Illinois, and a pioneer in a field where few women dared to tread. This biographical exhibit explores her life, her work, and her legacy. Elmhurst History Museum – FREE elmhursthistory.org or 630-833-1457

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  5. Teen Ski Trip

    February 20, 2017, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Wilmot Mountain

    Teens ages 11-15, have fun learning to carve perfect turns or master tricks with park district friends from all over Illinois on a ski trip to Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. Cost includes transportation, lift ticket, ski or snowboard rental and helmet. Fee $130R/$160NR. Register at www.epd.org.

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  6. School’s Out Family Workshop: Forest Portraits

    February 20, 2017, 1:00 PM @ Elmhurst History Museum

    Author and art curator Debora Wood will teach the unique technique used by Marion Mahony Griffin of Japanese ink on silk to create a Forest Portrait inspired by our natural surroundings! Kids + parent/caregiver participate together. Grades 1–5. RSVP: elmhursthistory.org (Family Programs section)

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