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Elmhurst History Museum

  1. In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin

    October 7, 2016, 1:00 PM - March 12, 2017, 5:00 PM

    Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961) was one of America’s first female architects, a Chicagoan also known as a skilled artist, environmentalist, and community activist. A central contributor to the Prairie School of Architecture, her drawings of the Unity Temple and many other projects introduced Frank Lloyd Wright’s early work to the world. Mahony Griffin was the first woman architect registered in Illinois who became a pioneer in architecture and community planning. A key member of Wright’s Oak Park Studio for 15 years, she and husband Walter Burley Griffin won the international design competition for Canberra, Australia’s national capital. This exhibition traces her early life, her personal and professional partnership with Griffin on three continents, the final years of her life in Chicago—and sheds light on the work and legacy of a Chicagoan of immense but often overlooked importance.

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  2. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

    December 15, 2016, 1:00 PM - December 28, 2017, 5:00 PM

    Take an interactive journey through Elmhurst history! Experience engaging towers filled with one-of-a-kind objects, compelling photos, and first-person video accounts from locals. Check out the award-winning, hands-on tabletop map that explores Elmhurst past and present, and take a seat in the mini-theatre to view an original documentary on Elmhurst history.

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  1. In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin

    December 1, 2016 - March 12, 2017 @ Elmhurst History Museum

    Learn about the life of pioneering architect, community planner, and landscape designer. Marion Mahony Griffin, the first woman architect in Illinois and a Prairie School innovator who was a Chicagoan of immense but often overlooked importance.

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  2. Special Exhibit “Fabergé Style Carvings”

    December 1, 2016 - March 26, 2017 @ Lizzadro Museum

    This exhibit features replicas of Fabergé’s original hard stone carving designs including flower studies, figurines and animals made in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

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  3. Elmhurst Artists’ Guild 2017 Winter Member Show

    January 8, 2017 - February 17, 2017 @ Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at Elmhurst Art Museum

    Elmhurst Artists’ Guild 2017 Winter Member Show Elmhurst Artists’ Guild members from Chicago and many suburbs are exhibiting recent works in the Guild’s Winter Member Show. More than 50 entries, displaying greatly varying styles, form and media, are included. Opening reception Jan. 13, from 7-9pm.

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  4. In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin

    February 11, 2017, All Day @ Elmhurst History Museum

    Marion Mahony Griffin was much more than a talented artist and architect: she was the backbone of the Prairie School of Architecture who brought the work of many more famous architects to life -- including her husband, Walter Burley Griffin, and the inimitable genius Frank Lloyd Wright. Her often uncredited work includes detailed, sumptuous renderings of such masterpieces as Fallingwater, Unity Temple, the Plan for Canberra, and many more. Griffin deserves recognition in her own right as the second woman to receive an architecture degree from MIT, the first woman architect registered in Illinois, and a pioneer in a field where few women dared to tread. This biographical exhibit explores her life, her work, and her legacy. Elmhurst History Museum – FREE elmhursthistory.org or 630-833-1457

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  5. Stanger Young Artists Auditions

    February 11, 2017, 8:30 AM @ Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church

    The Stanger Young Artists Auditions provide an opportunity for outstanding high school instrumentalists to gain recognition for their efforts and compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto movement with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. The public is invited to attend throughout the day.

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