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Elmhurst History Museum

  1. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    July 14, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    In the wake of the Great Depression and into the 1970s, America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. At the height of The Golden Age in 1950, roller skating became the number one participatory sport in America with nearly 5,000 roller rinks and 18 million skaters—and Chicago was the epicenter of it all. Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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  1. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

    June 1, 2018 - September 1, 2018 @ Elmhurst History Museum

    Take an interactive journey through Elmhurst history. See the award-winning tabletop map filled with photos from various eras, and explore fascinating object towers on different themes, from businesses to community, and watch a video on Elmhurst history. Check out the latest History Spotlight, a rotating display of special objects and photos from the museum’s collection in the second floor hallway.

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  2. The Lion King Jr.

    July 9, 2018, 6:30 PM - July 26, 2018, 9:30 PM @ Epiphany Lutheran Church 314 W. Vallette Street, Elmhurst, IL.

    The ECT Summer Workshop is a scaled back production put together over a condensed period of time. The production features limited props, T-shirts as costumes and no sets. The Workshop is open to students who will be entering fifth grade to those who will be entering ninth grade for the 2018-2019 school year. Students must be Elmhurst residents or attend an Elmhurst school. Show dates Friday, July 27 7pm Saturday, July 28 2pm & 7pm

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  3. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    July 13, 2018 - November 4, 2018 @ Elmhurst History Museum

    New original exhibit! Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others in the “Golden Era” of roller skating. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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  4. Rink Rats Rock! Exhibit Opening

    July 13, 2018, 6:00 PM - July 17, 2018, 8:00 PM @ Elmhurst History Museum

    Celebrate the joy of roller skating and the opening of our new Chicago Rink Rats exhibit. Be among the first to see the new exhibit, and enjoy live music by School of Rock and a book signing by author and exhibit writer, Tom Russo. Guests can lace up skates in our recreation of The Elm Skating Rink on the EHM grounds. BYO skates or limited skates/sizes available for use (socks required). Skate at your own risk, signed waivers required. Hot dogs and ice cream available for purchase.

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  5. Fossil Collecting Field Trip

    July 14, 2018, 8:00 AM @ Lizzadro Museum

    Travel by motor coach to Irene Quarry in Rockford, Illinois. Collect Ordovician Period marine fossil in dolomitic limestone. This is a working quarry with fresh spoil piles. Collectable fossils include brachiopods, cephalopods, corals, crinoids, gastropods, and more.

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  6. Artist Talk

    July 14, 2018, 1:30 PM @ Elmhurst Art Museum

    Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle will give an artist talk about the inspirations behind his architectural intervention Seeing Red.

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  7. Elmhurst Art Museum Exhibition Tour

    July 14, 2018, 1:30 PM @ Elmhurst Art Museum

    Join us for an in-depth look at the current exhibition Mies’s McCormick House Revealed: New Views. Free with museum admission or current membership.

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