Adult Programs

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See the Special Events section for additional museum activities. 

Book Discussion: Lincoln in the Bardo

Thursday, January 18
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: FREE 

Read the engrossing 2017 novel Lincoln in the Bardo by best-selling author George Saunders (listed on Amazon’s Top Ten Books of 2017), join in a book discussion, and enjoy after-hours access to exhibits. It’s February 1862, the Civil War is on, and President Lincoln’s son has died. This critically-acclaimed and often strangely-told novel blends fact and fiction into a moving and original exploration of the father-son relationship, grief, death, and the power of good vs. evil. Co-presented by Elmhurst Public Library and Elmhurst History Museum in connection with the exhibit, “Freedom: A History of US.” Appropriate for adults. A limited number of books will be available at the Elmhurst Public Library or any major bookseller. 
Registration required:
Call 630-530-6879 to register.
Location: 1st Floor Gallery

The Lincolns Present: The Genesis of the Gettysburg Address
Sunday, February 11
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: FREE to Members, $5 Non-Members

Join President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln on the eve of his birthday to hear about the genesis of his most famous speech and a treasured American document, “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 with the beloved President and First Lady in the “Freedom: A History of US” exhibit. Participating children can test their 19th-century handwriting skills using a steel-tipped pen and ink. All ages welcome! 
Registration required: Online on Eventbrite or call 630-530-6879
Location: Education Center, Photos in 1st Floor Gallery

Bus Tour: DuSable Museum of African American History
Thursday, March 8
Time: 8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 Members, $25 Non-Members

Travel by coach bus to Hyde Park to explore the DuSable Museum’s fascinating displays and collections, including “Freedom & Resistance,” an exhibit dedicated to thousands of unsung lives given in the name of freedom and equality. Our guided tour takes visitors on a journey through the African American experience from the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Reconstruction, and Great Migration to the Jim Crow Era, Civil Rights Movement, and into the 21st Century and election of the first African-American President. Price includes coach bus transport, museum admission, and tour. Limited seating available. Please bring water and a brown bag lunch.
Location: Meet at Elmhurst History Museum
Registration required: Online on Eventbrite or call 630-530-6879