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Elmhurst History Museum

  1. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    August 1, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    In the wake of the Great Depression and into the 1970s, America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. At the height of The Golden Age in 1950, roller skating became the number one participatory sport in America with nearly 5,000 roller rinks and 18 million skaters—and Chicago was the epicenter of it all. Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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  1. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

    June 1, 2018 - September 1, 2018 @ Elmhurst History Museum

    Take an interactive journey through Elmhurst history. See the award-winning tabletop map filled with photos from various eras, and explore fascinating object towers on different themes, from businesses to community, and watch a video on Elmhurst history. Check out the latest History Spotlight, a rotating display of special objects and photos from the museum’s collection in the second floor hallway.

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  2. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    July 13, 2018 - November 4, 2018 @ Elmhurst History Museum

    New original exhibit! Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others in the “Golden Era” of roller skating. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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  3. The Point of the Dream

    July 15, 2018 - August 10, 2018 @ Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S Cottage Hill Rd.

    Solo exhibition of Peter Steeves colorful, sometimes surreal, pointillist artwork. Most paintings available for sale, benefiting the artist, the EAG and the Elmhurst Art Museum. Meet the artist at the Reception, open to the public, July 20th.

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  4. Elmhurst Farmers Market

    August 1, 2018, 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    A weekly market, Wednesdays from 7 am until 1 pm on Vallette just east of York - farm fresh to your table' every Wednesday through October 26th contact - Adam Krzemkowski - 630-222-6581

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  5. GreenMan Theatre Troupe: Folktales About Justice

    August 1, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Elmhurst Public Library

    Come hear folktales about justice presented by Elmhurst’s own GreenMan Theatre.

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