ELMHURST, IL – You don’t need Sherlock Holmes to reveal clues to your home’s history, but a few well-informed tips and helpful resources from an architectural preservation expert might point you in the right direction.
The Elmhurst History Museum offers a special opportunity for curious homeowners who want to know more their homes on Sunday, May 7, 2017 when architecture educator and preservation specialist Jean Guarino presents the Hunting for Your House History Workshop. The program takes place from 2:00 until 4:30 p.m. in the Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center, located at 120 E. Park Ave. in Elmhurst.
Jean Guarino, PhD, is an independent architectural and urban historian specializing in the documentation of cultural resources. She teaches design and architectural history classes at the college/university level including the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a private consultant for municipalities, architecture firms, developers and non-profit organizations. Guarino is co-author of the book Benjamin H. Marshall, Chicago Architect and has written many landmark designation reports for City of Chicago landmarks.
During the workshop, Guarino will lead participants through the steps of researching their own house history including: where to find primary source documents, online resources and combing the archives of local institutions—including resources at the Elmhurst History Museum. The program is $15 for members of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, and $20 for non-members.Reservations may be made online at www.elmhursthistory.org (in the Adult Program section) or by calling 630-833-1457.
The workshop is presented in conjunction with the Elmhurst History Museum’s latest exhibit, “House & Home,” a traveling exhibit from the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and NEH on the Road. The exhibit explores the various meanings of home to Americans through an expansive array of household objects, engaging interactive displays, detailed house models, video content and more. Admission to the exhibit is free.
Become a house history sleuth and uncover clues to your home’s unique story by participating in the Hunting for Your House History Workshop on May 7th at the Elmhurst History Museum. For more information, visit www.elmhursthistory.org or call (630) 833-1457.