The Elmhurst History Museum is open with limited capacity in alignment with recent Illinois Dept. of Health guidelines. 



ONLINE CONCERT: Songs of the Depression with Dean Milano
Starts Sunday, March 7-May 2  FREE



to view pre-recorded program on YouTube starting 3/7/21


The suffering and hardship of the Great Depression could not dampen the joyful spirit and creative expression gained from music. Local folk musician Dean Milano presents a pre-recorded online concert with an engaging musical performance of Depression-era favorites including Pennies from Heaven, Happy Days are Here Again, and Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Program will be available online through May 2.

War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script

Six Streamed Performances: March 19, 20, 21 & March 26, 27, 28
Time: 7:00 p.m.   

Cost: $2.95 payable to Broadway On Demand at time of streaming


  Link to Broadway On Demand’s website

On the evening of October 30, 1938, panic ensued when Orson Welles’s infamous radio dramatization of War of the Worlds aired. Gather the family around the “radio” (your streaming device of choice) and listen to the talented cast from GreenMan Theatre Troupe perform this classic audio-only radio play of Martians and mayhem. Written by Howard E. Koch and based on the novel by H.G. Wells. Note: Participants must create a free Broadway On Demand profile to stream the program.
>Thank you to GREENMAN THEATRE, the E-TOWN LOWDOWN PODCAST, and COMMUNITY BANK OF ELMHURST for partnering with us on this special program!

ONLINE #TBT LECTURE: More Than Just a Game: The Birth of Organized Sports in America
Starts Thursday, April 8-July 21  FREE

Access: CLICK HERE starting April 8 for link to prerecorded program                                    
EHM's Director Dave Oberg will explain the 19th and early 20th-century origins of organized sports in the U.S. Learn about the early history of popular competitive sports including baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, golf and tennis, as well as the rise of uniforms, mascots and popular sports traditions. This pre-recorded program will be available online from April 8 through July 21.

ONLINE PERFORMANCE: Leslie Goddard Presents: Eleanor Roosevelt
Starts Sunday, April 18-May 2  FREE

Access: CLICK HERE starting April 18 for link to prerecorded program                                  
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was our country's longest serving First Lady and beloved by many of her generation. Utilizing Eleanor Roosevelt's autobiography, diaries and letters, award-winning actress and historian Leslie Goddard will portray this iconic stateswoman in a special first-person performance. This pre-recorded program will be available online from April 18-May 2.

LIVE ONLINE LECTURE: Tasting History of the 1930s
Saturday, May 1, 2:00 p.m.  FREE
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED:  Go to Eventbrite to reserve a ticket                             
The difficulties of the Great Depression prompted creativity in many of life's necessities, especially when it came to food and meal preparation. Join food historian Ellie Carlson on Zoom as she prepares a menu of 1930s staples, including creamed chipped beef, candy-coated carrots and mock apple pie. An ingredient list will be supplied for participants who would like to cook along with Ellie. Program lasts approximately two hours. Zoom link will be emailed to participants the week prior to the program.

ONLINE BOOK DISCUSSION: The Last Man on the Moon
Wednesday, May 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  FREE                                                                RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: E-mail with contact info
Chicago native Eugene Cernan (1934-2017) grew up to be a renowned NASA astronaut whose career spanned both the Gemini and Apollo programs. The Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and the Race in Space chronicles Cernan's journey in his own words, from the early days of the space program through his final footsteps on the moon.  This discussion will take place on zoom and the link will be provided to participants the week prior.


ONLINE #TBT LECTURE: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Elmhurst
Available through May 2  CLICK HERE to view on YouTube
EHM’s curator of collections, Dan Lund, presents a virtual presentation on the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the New Deal-era federal program created to provide work for young men in the 1930s. Available online through May 2. 

ONLINE LECTURE: The Great Depression's Impact on Chicagoland
Available through May 2  CLICK HERE to view on YouTube
Dominic A. Pacyga, Ph.D. and Emeritus Professor of History at Columbia College Chicago, presents a fascinating lecture exploring the impact of the Great Depression on the Chicago area. This pre-recorded program will be available Jan. 24 through May 2.