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Elmhurst History Museum

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

    August 25, 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. 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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  3. Fall Art Exhibition to Feature Works By Jeanine Coupe Ryding

    August 10, 2018 - November 10, 2018 @ Elmhurst College

    Artist Jeanine Coupe Ryding is best known for her richly layered, inventive, and often monumental, woodcut prints. Her forms and color record her observations of nature and of daily life, described in her expressive gestural cutting into the wood block plate. Elmhurst College will present “Coda for the Day,” an exhibition of her work, beginning on Aug 15. Her exhibition comprises a selection of 15 large-scale relief prints, 11 artist books and eight collages from the last 10 years. The exhibition is curated by Doug Stapleton, associate curator of art at the Illinois State Museum. “I am thrilled to host this exhibition of Jeanine Coupe Ryding’s work curated by Doug Stapleton,” said Suellen Rocca, curator and director of exhibits at Elmhurst Collee. “Both the curator and artist will discuss the exhibition at the public reception, which should provide great insight into the work.” Ryding's prints and artist books are in museum and private collections throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan.

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  4. Coda for the Day

    August 15, 2018 - November 10, 2018 @ Elmhurst College - Frick Center, Founders Lounge

    This exhibition presents a selection of relief prints, artist books and collages from the last 10 years by Evanston artist Jeanine Coupe Ryding. Ryding is best known for her richly layered, inventive, and often monumental woodcut prints. Her forms and color record her observations of nature and of daily life, described in her expressive gestural cutting into the wood block plate.

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  5. Field Trip to the Farm

    August 25, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Bob's Fresh & Local Farm

    Back by popular demand, we're taking a field trip to Elmhurst resident Bob Vierow's farm, home of Bob's Fresh & Local CSA. Bob uses crop rotation to control weed and pest pressures, purchases organic seed and grows organic produce, never using chemical fertilizers, weed killers or pesticides. Take a hayride to the fields, see the animals and visit the greenhouse. Bring a picnic lunch; families invited. Must RSVP to 630/426-9789.

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  6. Story-Telling Class

    August 25, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ First United Methodist Church; 232 S. York

    The class will cover how to tell a variety of story types: traditional folk tales, literary tales, personal stories, and urban legends. We will focus on "spooky stories," because after the class, we will "morph" into rehearsals that will become the performance of Spooky Stories and Songs of the Season, which will be presented Oct. 19th and 20th. Students do not have to perform in the show to attend the class. (The Director reserves the right to decide if each student is ready to perform.)

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  7. Time Capsule Celebration

    August 25, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmhurst Public Library

    In honor of the newly renovated Kids’ Library, help celebrate the past, present, and future by participating in the creation of a Library time capsule. Participants are invited to write letters and place them in the capsule. Pick up letter templates in the Kids Library July 16-Aug. 25. The capsule will be opened in ten years on the Library’s 25th anniversary. No registration required.

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  8. Volcanoes!

    August 25, 2018, 2:00 PM @ Lizzadro Museum

    Geologist Sara Kurth presents an interactive lecture on volcanoes. Discuss how volcanoes work, and compare different eruption styles. Focus on recent eruptions and explore how volcanoes can affect local and global communities.

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  9. Park Palooza

    August 25, 2018, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Berens Park

    End the summer on a high note at Park Palooza! This year, we're excited to bring to the stage Red Woody and The Music Dudes. With food trucks, a beer and wine garden and plenty of activities for the kids, this will be an awesome summer evening for the whole family! Sponsored by Edward-Elmhurst Health, The Schiller Team and Courts Plus

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