Elmhurst Historical Museum 120 E. Park Ave. Elmhurst, IL 60126, Ph: 630-833-1457 Tues-Sun 1-5 pm Free Admission

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Admission: FREE        See the EXHIBITS main page for our Exhibition Schedule.  

Carl Sandburg in Elmhurst
November 8, 2013 - April 19, 2014
Prairie poet and newspaperman, folk song collector and movie critic, family man and political activist, Lincoln biographer and children’s book author: Carl Sandburg was a Renaissance man of many talents and passions during the 1920s when he resided with his family in suburban Elmhurst. Through rare photos, film, artifacts and touch-screen interactives, this new exhibit chronicles one of the most prolific decades of Sandburg’s life. During this time, he penned the children’s favorite Rootabaga Stories, completed Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, tirelessly traversed the country collecting folk songs for the American Songbag, and wrote numerous poems depicting the grit and disillusionment of life in a rapidly industrializing nation. The exhibit profiles one of America's most influential literary figures who ascended to international fame as a multiple Pulitzer Prize winner and beloved poet of our state and our country. 

Read the Daily Herald article, November 2013.
Learn more about Sandburg from the Poetry Foundation.

DID YOU KNOW? Sandburg won three Pulitzer Prizes in his lifetime for the following works: Corn Huskers (1919, poetry), Abraham Lincoln: The War Years (1940, history), and Complete Poems (1951, poetry).

Exhibit partner: Marten Stromberg, University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Related reading: Check out this list of works written by Sandburg during his time in Elmhurst.
Exhibit-related programs: See the ADULT PROGRAMS and FAMILY PROGRAMS pages for related programs.

IHClogo.jpgNote: Programs for the Carl Sandburg in Elmhurst exhibit are generously supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Illinois General Assembly.

*Please note that the Sandburg exhibit will be closing April 19, not April 20 as previously advertised. The Museum will be closed on Sunday, April 20, for Easter.*


Cracker Jack FactorySweet Home Chicago hits the road

We are pleased to report that 4,000 visitors checked out the Sweet Home Chicago exhibit at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago from December 2012 through March 2013. The exhibit also continued to travel throughout the Midwest in 2013-14 making stops at the West Chicago City Museum, Gail Borden Library in Elgin, and the Geneva History Center. See our Past Exhibits section for more information on the exhibit. If you are interested in details on the rental of the traveling version of this exhibit, please contact Lance Tawzer, curator of exhibits, at 630-833-1457 or


Elmhurst History Exhibits

Berens family in ElmhurstElmhurst Navy Mothers Club 1949York HS Band circa 1928

Visions of HomeMansion Museum
This award-winning exhibit tells the story of Elmhurst from its beginnings as a prairie village to a modern Midwestern suburb. Examine items and images of our town's history from 1834 to the present.

From Mansion to Museum
This permanent display traces the evolution of the Glos Mansion, from private residence to public institution. Having served as both City Hall and a museum after being a home for 40 years, the Glos Mansion is much changed. The exhibit includes drawings and furnishings from various time periods.


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