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PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS   Download our Spring 2023 Calendar

MARCH 2023


Family History Day

Monday, March 27

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst

Cost: FREE

Drop in on a special day reserved just for families to explore exhibits, participate in fun activities, and learn about the people and cultures featured in our In Pursuit of Happiness exhibit. Go on a scavenger hunt in the gallery, create your own family tree, and play games from around the world. Participants can create a family coat of arms and learn how to record an oral history to preserve family memories. Drop in, no reservations required.

Passport to Community History

Wednesday, March 29

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Three Locations: Churchville Schoolhouse, 3N784 Church Rd., Bensenville; Korthauer Log House, 740 W. Wood St., Bensenville; Bensenville Railroad Museum at Veterans Park, Main St. & Church Rd., Bensenville

Cost: FREE

Pick up a Community History Passport to embark on a local adventure at three historical sites in nearby Bensenville. Get your passport stamped at each location where families will hear stories about early area immigrants and participate in hands-on history experiences. Kids can bring their stamped passports to the Elmhurst History Museum at 120 E. Park Ave. through the end of April to receive a prize. Co-presented by Elmhurst History Museum, Bensenville Park District and Bensenville Public Library. Drop in, no reservations required.


Immigration Storytime

Friday, March 31

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst

Cost: FREE

Join us in the museum’s first floor gallery to listen to family-friendly stories about immigration (on the hour and half hour, last story at noon). Kids can also complete a coloring sheet and explore exhibits. Appropriate for elementary age children. Drop in, no reservations required. 

APRIL 2023


Yellow Peril: Understanding Asian America through Storytelling

Sunday, April 16

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                 Location: Elmhurst History Museum, Education Center

Cost: FREE to Members, $5 Non-Members           

Reservations Required: Register on Eventbrite

Experience an exciting mix of intimate personal storytelling and mini presentations linking the past and the present of Asian American experiences. Dr. Ada Cheng weaves personal stories to highlight the myth of the model minority, the perpetual foreigner image, “othering” via micro-aggressions, and the negative impact of stereotypes on Asian Americans under the global pandemic. Supported by an Illinois Humanities Road Scholars grant. Program takes place in the Education Center.



G.P.A. Healy: Prodigious Painter of Cottage Hill

Sunday, April 30

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm  

Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst

Cost: FREE to Members, $5 Non-Members                                                                             Reservations Required: Register on Eventbrite

Join us for a special lecture by our staff in the By All Accounts exhibit gallery that sheds light on one of the museum’s newest acquisitions: a portrait of Jane Byrd Bryan by renowned 19th-century painter G.P.A. Healy. Curator of Exhibits Sarah Cox will explain the history of portrait painting and the early years of Healy’s career, and Curator of Collections Dan Lund will detail the significance of the painting to the history of Elmhurst.

MAY 2023


The Namesake

Friday, May 5

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst

Cost: FREE

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Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s best-selling book, the 2006 film The Namesake chronicles the history of an immigrant family from India and the triumphs and challenges two generations face adapting to their new homeland. Co-presented with Elmhurst Public Library. PG-13, 2 hours + 2 min. running time. No reservation required.


Cultural Crossroads Celebration

Saturday, May 13

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  

Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst

Cost: FREE

Join us for a colorful celebration of cultural diversity featuring an array of exciting performances and interactions with special guests. View the In Pursuit of Happiness exhibit on its closing weekend and participate in family-friendly activities outdoors (weather permitting) and in our Education Center. Watch an amazing performance by the Illinois Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, a group of multi-age martial artists who perform at Chicago Bulls games and across Chicagoland. Encounter students from York High School’s International Club, and meet representatives from the Xilin Association and Immigrant Solidarity DuPage.