Kane County History: Discover The Elgin Stories Around You

Kane County History: Discover The Elgin Stories Around You

  • Editor’s Note: This article is part of a weekly series on Kane County’s amazing history. Today’s article was contributed by Elizabeth Marston of the Elgin History Museum.

Everyone and everything has a story to tell. You, your family, your house, your farm, your business, your school, your neighbors. Together they form the 184-year-old story that is Elgin.

These remarkable stories are all around us.

Listen carefully … You can almost hear the voices from our past.

At the Elgin History Museum, we believe in preserving artifacts that tell stories. We believe in hosting programs featuring experts who interpret stories for us. We believe in sharing Elgin’s stories with our youngest generation.

We believe in producing documentaries and oral histories that preserve and present Elgin’s story.

Each year at this time, the Museum Board of Directors reaches out to members and friends to ask for their continued support during the museum’s annual Board Fundraising Drive. Your financial gift assists in helping the community discover Elgin’s stories through education, preservation, interpretation, research and collections.

Please consider a donation today. But then, do more than donate: Stop by the museum and tell us your story. We’re listening!

To donate online, click on this link to Paypal.

Or you can send a check to Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St., Elgin, IL 60120. Gifts to the Elgin Area Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, are tax deductible.


The Board of Directors

  • Al Walters, President
  • George Rowe, Vice President
  • Laura Stroud, Secretery
  • Ricky Harris, Correspondence Secretery
  • Bill Briska, Treasurer
  • Jim Anderson
  • Betsy Armistead
  • Jerri Barnhart
  • Harry Blizzard
  • Alisa Corsi
  • Barry Danielson
  • Terry Gabel
  • Tricia Grosser
  • Paul Larson
  • Sandi McClure
  • David Nelson
  • Don Pielin
  • Mark Preradovic
  • Jerry Roller
  • Dennis Roxworthy
  • Christen Sundquist
  • Jerry Turnquist
  • Tina Viglucci

About The Elgin History Museum

Visit the Elgin History Museum at 360 Park St. in Elgin. Step back into history as you enter Old Main, the stately Greek Revival school building opened in 1856.

Two floors of interactive exhibits help you time travel back to Elgin’s beginnings in 1835. Hear the tick of an Elgin Watch or the roar of the crowd at the Elgin Road Races.

Be sure to see the new exhibit, Education For All: Elgin High School 150 Years, and hear the school’s fight song! Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission is free for members, $3 for guests, $1 for students and free to children.

Read The Kane County History Series!