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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Current Exhibits

Museum Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.By All Accounts exhibit, 2nd floor gallery
Admission: FREE       
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New Ongoing Exhibit!  
By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst


Experience the history of Elmhurst through an innovative new exhibit that takes visitors on a journey of discovery exploring how the city has changed and grown over the past 165 years.  The Museum’s entire second floor gallery has been transformed into a state-of-the-art, engaging exhibit with touch-screen displays, an interactive tabletop map, fascinating object towers, rare collection photos, and graphics that jump into motion. View a documentary on Elmhurst history in the mini-theatre.

From the George Eastman HouseJanuary 15 - April 5, 2015

Let Children Be Children:
Lewis Wickes Hine's Crusade Against Child Labor

A telling look at the industrialization of America, this traveling photographic exhibition from the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY reveals the circumstances that poor working children endured until legislation against child labor prevailed as late as 1938. Lewis Wickes Hine (American, 1874-1940) was a sociologist whose photographs captured his abiding concern for children, immigrants, and working-class people. He was hired by the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) in 1906 to document the harsh conditions in which children worked. Hine spent ten years photographing in the canneries, coal mines, cotton mills, farms, and sweatshops common during the early 20th century. Through the use of photography, Hine and the NCLC gained the attention of government officials and aroused public sentiment against child labor practices in the United States. Location: 1st Floor Gallery

Children's Reading List: Click here to download a reading list of exhibit-related books for kids.


Exhibit Rental
If you are interested in details on rental of a traveling exhibit created by Elmhurst Historical Museum staff, please contact Lance Tawzer, curator of exhibits, at 630-833-1457 or .



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