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Elmhurst Historical Museum

Brian Bergheger, Director
120 East Park Avenue
630-833-1457 • fax - 630-833-1326
www.elmhurst.org/elmhurst/museum
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5 pm; and other hours by appointment
Admission:  Free
 
An award-winning regional history museum founded in 1957 and operated by the City of Elmhurst, the Elmhurst Historical Museum engages residents and visitors into history with collections, exhibits and education.
 
“Visions of Hope” is an award-winning permanent exhibit that examines Elmhurst as a model of suburbanization, while temporary exhibits developed from the museum’s collection and traveling exhibits on national tours are also displayed.  EHM boasts permanent collections of historical artifacts and photographic images; personal, business and city records; a library of books; and microfilm copies of newspapers, censuses and maps.
 
The EHM is located in the historically significant Glos Mansion, the former home of Elmhurst's first village president, Henry L. Glos, and his wife, Lucy. The Museum opened in January 1957 on the Mansion's third floor, with Elmhurst's City Hall housed below. After a 1965 move to the Wilder Mansion in Wilder Park, the Museum returned to its current location in 1975.
 
In addition, the EHM manages the historic Churchville Schoolhouse, a completely restored one-room schoolhouse in Bensenville.The Circa 1850s Schoolhouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and was reopened for public use in 2010 after an extensive restoration process.
 
The Elmhurst Historical Museum Foundation (founded in 1992) and the City of Elmhurst’s Historical Commission merged in 2007 to create the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation as the advocacy voice and support organization for EHM's exhibits, programs, services and events.

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Elizabeth Downey, President, Board of Directors
P.O. Box 345
630-941-0202 • fax - 630-941-0627
www.elmhurstsymphony.org
 
The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra has provided well-performed symphonic concert music for more than half a century.
 
The ESO returns to the new concert hall at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church in south Elmhurst for a fourth season.  This state-of-the-art facility has improved amenities that heighten every aspect of a performance, making the ESO experience comparable to that of premier symphonic organizations—but for a more reasonable price.
 
The origin of our community’s organized musical activity may go back to the 1920s.  From 1959 to 1961, the community musicians evolved from the Elmhurst Community Orchestra to the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.  Led by inaugural Music Director John Lazic (1959-65), the ESO’s first performance came on November 19, 1961.
 
ESO and Elmhurst College share a relationship dating back to 1959—the year that the College’s Hammerschmidt Chapel, the Orchestra’s concert home for nearly five decades, was dedicated.  From 1968-72, then-College President Dr. Robert Stanger also served as President of the ESO Board of Directors.
 
At the Robert Stanger Young Artist Auditions, sponsored in part by the Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst (in honor of Past Club President Dr. Stanger) and the Auxiliary of the Elmhurst Symphony Association, outstanding local area high school instrumentalists compete each winter for the opportunity to perform a concerto movement with the ESO.  Auditions are held at the College’s Buik Recital Hall each January.
 
Nationally renowned, Dr. Stephen Alltop has served as ESO Musical Director since 1995, following the batons of Dale Clevenger (1981-95), John Duckwall (1973-81), Gordon Peters (1968-73), Stanley Ackerman (1965-68) and Lazic.
 

Elmhurst Art Museum

Phyllis O'Neill, Director
150 Cottage Hill Avenue
630-834-0202 • fax - 630-834-0234
www.elmhurstartmuseum.org
Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Friday, 10 am-8 pm; and Sunday, 12 noon-5 pm
Admission:  Adults, $5; Seniors and Students, $3; Members, Children under 5 and Fridays, free
 
Named the “Best Suburban Art Museum in Chicago” by Chicago Magazine, the Elmhurst Art Museum is a premiere cultural destination known for the quality of its visual arts, architecture and educational programs.  Along with its permanent collection, EAM showcases traveling exhibitions, juried competitions, and group and individual exhibitions.
 
The Museum galleries, Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House, and Education Center enrich people’s lives by deepening their knowledge of art, architecture and design, increasing their understanding of the relevance of visual art in our society and sparking the development of individual creativity.
 
Relocated to Wilder Park in 1997, the modern award-winning museum space incorporates the former Robert R. McCormick house (built in 1952 and purchased in 1991), one of three residences designed by internationally renowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
 
In 1974, the Elmhurst Fine Arts and Civic Center Foundation was established with the goal of building a community visual arts center, and the Foundation formed the EAM in 1980 using two granted rooms in the Elmhurst Community Center.
 
EAM also serves as home to the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild (incorporated in 1946), one of the oldest and foremost guilds in Chicago’s Western Suburbs. The Guild is a membership organization that sponsors artist demonstrations and local exhibits, and maintains one of EAM’s four galleries.