Historiography Book Club
Nov
15
1:00 PM13:00

Historiography Book Club

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The City Museum is continuing its Historiography program in July, a non-fiction book reading group held in collaboration with the West Chicago Public Library. On Thursday, November 15 at 1pm the group will meet to discuss Sharp by Michelle Dean. The book group is open to all, feel free to bring a bag lunch; complimentary drinks and desserts will be provided. Copies of the books being discussed can be checked out from the Museum or Library while available, limited copies available. Guests are also invited to come and discuss the topic, even if they have not read the book.

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Timeless Tales: Turkey Trouble
Nov
8
10:15 AM10:15

Timeless Tales: Turkey Trouble

Be prepared to be whisked away on a literary adventure! Join West Chicago Library and the West Chicago City Museum once a month as we team up for a story-time experience. We will look, listen, create, explore and play - with a new theme each month. Ms. Kelli from the Library will be reading stories linked to the City Museum’s collection. Afterwards we will have some fun with a variety of hands-on activities. This program is FREE of charge and requires no registration. Meet us on the second floor of the City Museum.

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Historiography Book Club
Oct
18
1:00 PM13:00

Historiography Book Club

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The City Museum is continuing its Historiography program in July, a non-fiction book reading group held in collaboration with the West Chicago Public Library. On Thursday, October 18 at 1pm the group will meet to discuss Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott.The book group is open to all, feel free to bring a bag lunch; complimentary drinks and desserts will be provided. Copies of the books being discussed can be checked out from the Museum or Library while available, limited copies available. Guests are also invited to come and discuss the topic, even if they have not read the book.

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Timeless Tales: Fall is Here
Oct
11
10:15 AM10:15

Timeless Tales: Fall is Here

Be prepared to be whisked away on a literary adventure! Join West Chicago Library and the West Chicago City Museum once a month as we team up for a story-time experience. We will look, listen, create, explore and play - with a new theme each month. Ms. Kelli from the Library will be reading stories linked to the City Museum’s collection. Afterwards we will have some fun with a variety of hands-on activities. This program is FREE of charge and requires no registration. Meet us on the second floor of the City Museum.

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Tales Tombstones Tell
Oct
5
6:30 PM18:30

Tales Tombstones Tell

On Friday, October 5th, the City Museum will present the 29th annual Tales Tombstones Tell at Oakwood Cemetery, located at York Street and Oakwood Avenue.  Tours begin at 6:30 pm and start off every 10 minutes thereafter, with the last tour starting at 7:30 pm.  Tours last approximately 45 minutes and no reservations are necessary. If the weather is inclement the program is cancelled.  

 

Guests will be entertained by historic music from Roger Kotecki as they wait to start to the tour. The program is appropriate for families and is based on our community’s history.  This year we will feature James Mulligan, David Springer, Mary Kaiser, Clara Church, Clinton Beach, Barbara Hahn, and Walter McAuley and explore how the health field impacted their lives and deaths.

 

Come join us for this impactful evening stroll, with lanterns and luminaries lighting the path through West Chicago’s oldest cemetery.  Although the program is free, donations are appreciated.  For more information please call the Museum at (630) 231-3376 or email us at museum@westchicago.org.

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Historiography Book Club
Sep
20
1:00 PM13:00

Historiography Book Club

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The City Museum is continuing its Historiography program in July, a non-fiction book reading group held in collaboration with the West Chicago Public Library. On Thursday, September 20 at 1pm the group will meet to discuss That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba. The book group is open to all, feel free to bring a bag lunch; complimentary drinks and desserts will be provided. Copies of the books being discussed can be checked out from the Museum or Library while available, limited copies available. Guests are also invited to come and discuss the topic, even if they have not read the book.

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Timeless Tales: Popcorn!
Sep
13
10:15 AM10:15

Timeless Tales: Popcorn!

Be prepared to be whisked away on a literary adventure! Join West Chicago Library and the West Chicago City Museum once a month as we team up for a story-time experience. We will look, listen, create, explore and play - with a new theme each month. Ms. Kelli from the Library will be reading stories linked to the City Museum’s collection. Afterwards we will have some fun with a variety of hands-on activities. This program is FREE of charge and requires no registration. Meet us on the second floor of the City Museum.

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Historiography Non-Fiction Book Club
Aug
16
1:00 PM13:00

Historiography Non-Fiction Book Club

The City Museum is continuing its Historiography program in July, a non-fiction book reading group held in collaboration with the West Chicago Public Library. On Thursday, July19th at 1pm the group will meet to discuss the "WWI 100th Anniversary Collection." The book group is open to all, feel free to bring a bag lunch; complimentary drinks and desserts will be provided. Copies of the books being discussed can be checked out from the Museum or Library while available, limited copies available. Guests are also invited to come and discuss the topic, even if they have not read the book.

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Historiography Non-Fiction Book Club: July "World War I"
Jul
19
1:00 PM13:00

Historiography Non-Fiction Book Club: July "World War I"

The City Museum is continuing its Historiography program in July, a non-fiction book reading group held in collaboration with the West Chicago Public Library. On Thursday, July19th at 1pm the group will meet to discuss the "WWI 100th Anniversary Collection." The book group is open to all, feel free to bring a bag lunch; complimentary drinks and desserts will be provided. Copies of the books being discussed can be checked out from the Museum or Library while available, limited copies available. Guests are also invited to come and discuss the topic, even if they have not read the book.

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Jun
30
12:00 PM12:00

Ice Cream Social (Held at West Chicago Public Library)

Here’s the Scoop: The Library and the West Chicago City Museum are celebrating summer with an ice cream social.  Join us for a fun-filled afternoon the whole family can enjoy complete with games, learning how to make your own ice cream, crafts, a tour of the old Chicago, Burlington & Quincy train depot built in the 1860s, and - of course - building the most amazing ice cream sundae ever!  So, bring your family and your picnic blanket and head on over to the library. Don’t let this special event just pass you by!

Location: West Chicago Public Library Lawn

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Jun
14
10:15 AM10:15

Timeless Tales: Baseball

Be prepared to be whisked away on a literary adventure! Join West Chicago Library and the West Chicago City Museum once a month as we team up for a story-time experience. We will look, listen, create, explore and play. Ms. Kelli from the Library will be reading stories linked to the City Museum’s collection. Afterwards we will have some fun with a variety of hands-on activities. This program is FREE of charge and requires no registration. Meet us on the second floor of the City Museum.

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May
10
10:15 AM10:15

Timeless Tales: Spring

Be prepared to be whisked away on a literary adventure! Join West Chicago Library and the West Chicago City Museum once a month as we team up for a story-time experience. We will look, listen, create, explore and play. Ms. Kelli from the Library will be reading stories linked to the City Museum’s collection. Afterwards we will have some fun with a variety of hands-on activities. This program is FREE of charge and requires no registration. Meet us on the second floor of the City Museum.

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Apr
19
10:15 AM10:15

Timeless Tales: Fire Trucks

Be prepared to be whisked away on a literary adventure! Join West Chicago Library and the West Chicago City Museum once a month as we team up for a story-time experience. We will look, listen, create, explore and play. Ms. Kelli from the Library will be reading stories linked to the City Museum’s collection. Afterwards we will have some fun with a variety of hands-on activities. This program is FREE of charge and requires no registration. Meet us on the second floor of the City Museum.

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Mar
15
1:00 PM13:00

Historiography Non-Fiction Book Club

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The City Museum is continuing its Historiography program in March, a non-fiction book reading group held in collaboration with the West Chicago Public Library. On Thursday, March 15th at 1pm the group will meet to discuss “Grant” by Ron Chernow. The book group is open to all, feel free to bring a bag lunch; complimentary drinks and desserts will be provided. Copies of the books being discussed can be checked out from the Museum or Library while available, limited copies available.

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Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

28th Annual Tales Tombstones Tell Cemetery Walk

City Museum celebrates 28th Annual Cemetery Walk at a NEW location with a NEW time

On Saturday, October 7th, the City Museum will present the 28th annual Tales Tombstones Tell at Calvary Cemetery, located on Geneva Road, just east of Route 59/Neltnor.  Tours begin at 10:00 am and start off every 10 minutes thereafter, with the last tour starting at 11:15 am.  Tours last approximately 45 minutes and no reservations are necessary. If the weather is inclement the program is cancelled.  

Guests will entertained by historic music from Roger Kotecki as they wait to start to the tour. The program is appropriate for families and is based on our community’s history.  This year we will feature Police Chief Joe Buenrostro, Catherine “Katie” Carey, Father Thomas Gaffney, Casper Kline, Emma McCabe, Fred Marx, John Tye and Officer Ray Wilson.

Come join us for this impactful morning stroll through West Chicago’s history.  Although the program is free, donations are appreciated. Refreshments following the walk will be sponsored by and hosted at FNBC Bank.  For more information please call the Museum at (630) 231-3376 or email us at museum@westchicago.org.

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Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Timeless Tales

Be prepared to be whisked away on a literary adventure!  Join the Library and the West Chicago City Museum once a month as we team up for a story-time experience.  We will look, listen, create, explore and play.  Ms. Kelli from the Library will be reading stories linked to the City Museum’s collection.  Afterwards we will have some fun with a variety of hands-on activities.  This program is FREE of charge and requires no registration.  Meet us on the second floor of the City Museum.

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Jul
6
10:00 AM10:00

Timeless Tales

Be prepared to be whisked away on a literary adventure!  Join the Library and the West Chicago City Museum once a month as we team up for a story-time experience.  We will look, listen, create, explore and play.  Ms. Kelli from the Library will be reading stories linked to the City Museum’s collection.  Afterwards we will have some fun with a variety of hands-on activities.  This program is FREE of charge and requires no registration.  Meet us on the second floor of the City Museum.

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Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Timeless Tales

Be prepared to be whisked away on a literary adventure!  Join the Library and the West Chicago City Museum once a month as we team up for a story-time experience.  We will look, listen, create, explore and play.  Ms. Kelli from the Library will be reading stories linked to the City Museum’s collection.  Afterwards we will have some fun with a variety of hands-on activities.  This program is FREE of charge and requires no registration.  Meet us on the second floor of the City Museum.

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May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Timeless Tales

Be prepared to be whisked away on a literary adventure!  Join the Library and the West Chicago City Museum once a month as we team up for a story-time experience.  We will look, listen, create, explore and play.  Ms. Kelli from the Library will be reading stories linked to the City Museum’s collection.  Afterwards we will have some fun with a variety of hands-on activities.  This program is FREE of charge and requires no registration.  Meet us on the second floor of the City Museum.

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Kick Off: Turner Junction Challenge
May
20
10:00 AM10:00

Kick Off: Turner Junction Challenge

Get active with history by participating in the Turner Junction Challenge, which kicks off on May 20, 2017.

First: register (for free) at the City Museum or through the form at the link below.

Then: track any physical activity that gets you moving. Minutes spent moving will translate into time-travel, with the goal of making it all the way back to 1849. For each 15 minutes of activity, participants travel back in time one year. Make it back to 1849 by September 10, 2017! You can do this by spending just three hours of time on physical activity every week.

The 2017 Turner Junction Challenge theme is The History of Fires. “Turner Burners” will uncover the history of the fires in town as you travel back in time. Additional bonus time can be received by visiting the Museum’s CB&Q Depot during open Saturdays for Burner Challenges. More details to come!

All participants will receive a free water bottle at registration and receive prizes for reaching milestones in West Chicago history. If you make it back to 1849, you receive a Turner Junction Challenge t-shirt!

Participation is free and open to all. Families are also welcomed to sign up as a group or as individuals.

Registration form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSPgQNrM5gJV2R9N8AmrqoPUrpnWW7XjyGwQ-N-M0PPsJ8WQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

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May
18
3:30 PM15:30

Three Little Pigs STEM Challenge

Can YOU build the strongest house? Join City Museum and West Chicago Public Library for this STEM building challenge inspired by the tail of The Three Little Pigs. Hear the story, learn about our town's historic buildings, and then work to build the strongest house you can build! Free, no registration required. All ages! Five and under with parent, please. Location: West Chicago City Museum, 2nd Floor

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Historiography Book Group
May
18
12:00 PM12:00

Historiography Book Group

The City Museum is continuing its Historiography program in March, a non-fiction book reading group held in collaboration with the West Chicago Public Library. On Friday, March 16th at noon the group will meet to discuss “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson.

The book group is open to all, feel free to bring a bag lunch; complimentary drinks and desserts will be provided. Copies of the books being discussed can be checked out from the Museum or Library.

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Drawing on History / Family Arts Night
Apr
28
6:00 PM18:00

Drawing on History / Family Arts Night

Join the City Museum for our monthly Late Night at the Museum during Family Art Night in Downtown West Chicago. The featured artifact for the month for Drawing on History will be the iconic statue from the John Hughes’ film “Reach the Rock” which was filmed in West Chicago in 1995. Guests can view the museum exhibits during these special late night hours and pick up a pencil to draw the statue or other artifacts on display. This event is free and all are welcome.

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Kathryn Atwood Presentation on her book “Women Heroes of World War I”
Apr
23
3:00 PM15:00

Kathryn Atwood Presentation on her book “Women Heroes of World War I”

Sunday, April 23rd 3:00pm Kathryn Atwood Presentation on her book “Women Heroes of World War I”

Join the City Museum for a presentation by author Kathryn Atwood about the research behind her book “Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies and Medics” on Sunday, April 23rd at 3pm at the West Chicago Public Library, 118 W. Washington Street. Kathryn has spoken at the First Division Museum and will present her work at the Atlanta History Museum this summer. She’s appeared on “BBC America” and “America: Fact vs. Fiction.” For more information about Kathryn, please visit her website www.kathrynatwood.com. This event is free and all are welcome.

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Historiography Book Group
Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

Historiography Book Group

Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn Atwood

As the country honors the 100th Anniversary of the United States joining World War I, join our monthly non-fiction book club in a discussion about Kathryn Atwood’s “Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies and Medics.” Copies of the book can be picked up from the City Museum or the West Chicago Library. The hour long discussion focuses around the topic, but attendees are not required to read the book in order to attend. Attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch, the museum provides free drinks and treats. The program is free and all are welcome.

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Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Timeless Tales

Be prepared to be whisked away on a literary adventure!  Join the Library and the West Chicago City Museum once a month as we team up for a story-time experience.  We will look, listen, create, explore and play.  Ms. Kelli from the Library will be reading stories linked to the City Museum’s collection.  Afterwards we will have some fun with a variety of hands-on activities.  This program is FREE of charge and requires no registration.  Meet us on the second floor of the City Museum.

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Town Hall Share: General Mills
Apr
8
10:00 PM22:00

Town Hall Share: General Mills

Town Hall Share: Saturday, April 8th 10-11:30am : General Mills

Join the City Museum for a sharing event about the history of General Mills in the community. This share is open to the general public and those who worked for General Mills and other community members with memories of the factory and its 50 plus years of history in town are invited to share their stories. Refreshments will be provided. This event is held as part of the City Museum’s county-wide collaboration Voice of DuPage.  The event is free and all are welcome.

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Drawing on History / Family Arts Night
Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

Drawing on History / Family Arts Night

Friday, March 31 6:00-8:00pm - Late Night/Family Art Night/Drawing on History


During Family Arts Nights in downtown West Chicago this summer, stop by City Museum for Drawing on History. We will have an object from the collection for you to draw. Learn the local history of the object. All supplies provided, free, no registration required. All ages.

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Spring Tea: Hamilton's Women
Mar
26
1:00 PM13:00

Spring Tea: Hamilton's Women

Join the Friends of the West Chicago City Museum and the West Chicago Historical Society for our Annual Tea Fundraiser, Sunday, March 26th at 1pm at the American Legion. Tickets are $20 a person and include a tea luncheon and entertainment provided by Leslie Goddard presenting “Hamilton’s Women: Meet the Real Schuyler Sisters Who Captivated Alexander Hamilton.” Space is limited; tickets can be purchased at the City Museum, 132 Main Street or by contacting the Museum at wegohistory@gmail.com or (630)231-3376.

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