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Cultural / Community Events

  1. Special Exhibit "Smithsonian Gems"

    December 1, 2017 - March 18, 2018

    American jewelry designers and phenomenal gemstones are featured in this exclusive exhibit from the gem vaults of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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  2. Free Family Open Swims

    December 14, 2017 - March 11, 2018

    Have a fun-filled time at York High School’s swimming pools on select Sundays. This free program is part of a cooperative agreement between Elmhurst School District 205 and the Elmhurst Park District. Lap swimming, open swim and diving boards will be available.

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  3. Freedom: A History of US

    January 12, 2018 - March 11, 2018

    The evolving concept of freedom and its pursuit is explored in this touring exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, illuminating critical figures and events from our nation’s birth until 1968. Highlights include: reproductions of a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten speech notes, and letters by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The exhibit is supplemented with Elmhurst materials including a 1924 KKK rally flyer, manuscripts related to the Elmhurst Fair Housing Ordinance, and correspondence from veterans from the Civil War and WWI eras.

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  4. Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape

    January 20, 2018 - March 4, 2018

    The dream-like imagery and enigmatic paintings by Gertrude Abercrombie include spare interiors and illusionary landscapes. Her works, which were historically important in Chicago, have been referred to as “psychic self-portraits”.

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  5. Paula Crown, Michelle Grabner, Tony Tasset, and James Welling

    January 20, 2018 - March 18, 2018

    The installations by these four artists respond to the minimal design of Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House as well as its history as a domestic space.

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  6. Nature vs. Nurture: Then & Now

    January 27, 2018 - March 10, 2018

    Watercolor paintings by Elmhurst College graduate, Randi Holt, inspired by her wild backyard. Ceramic works by local artist, Cecilia Dohra. Both are members of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild. Meet the artists at the opening reception Feb 2, 2018, 7 - 9pm, free to the public.

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  7. The Lincolns Present: The Genesis of the Gettysburg Address

    February 11, 2018, 2:00 PM

    Join President Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln on the eve of his birthday to hear about the genesis of his most famous speech, “The Gettysburg Address.” Brought to life by first-person history presenters Max and Donna Daniels, learn the context of the address and their time in the White House, participate in a Q&A session, and take a photo in the “Freedom: A History of US” exhibit. All ages welcome. Registration required: elmhursthistory.org or call 630-530-6879.

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