About the Museum

History is alive at the Elk Grove Historical Museum!

The Museum specializes in the history of Elk Grove and its development over time. Open year round, the Museum offers tours, school and scout programs, exhibits, and assistance with research on Elk Grove Village and the surrounding area. Experience history in a new way with crafts, game, exhibits, and demonstrations! Learn more about the museum campus.

Mission: The Elk Grove Historical Museum actively partners with the community to collect and preserve local history that is disseminated through relevant exhibits and education programs.

Vision: The Elk Grove Historical Museum will be valued by the community by building lifelong connections through shared experiences.

Elk Grove Historical Museum

399 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Phone: (847) 439-3994

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Museum Staff

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Bokeum Audrey Ko

Elk Grove Historical Museum Coordinator

As the Coordinator, Audrey is responsible for overseeing the direction and operation of the museum. Before this position, she was the Museum Education Instructor at the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, IL. She was responsible for developing and teaching educational and public programming. Prior to Wauconda, she lived in Washington, DC and graduated from The George Washington University with a Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education. During her studies, she gained volunteer management experience at the Smithsonian Freer | Sackler Galleries and experience in integrating technology in education at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. She has also graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a bachelor's degree in Art History & Chemistry.

Phone: 847.690.1440
Email:ako@elkgroveparks.org

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Sandy Denninger

Elk Grove Historical Museum Curator

Sandy graduated Summa Cum Laude with her bachelor's degree in Art History and Anthropology from Northern Illinois University in 2004. Her first position with a museum was for the NIU Art Museum where she was employed as an exhibit assistant from 2000-2004. During her undergraduate work, she also served as an intern for the Addison Historical Museum and Midway Village and Museum Center in Rockford. Upon graduation, she was hired as the Curator for Morton College in Cicero, where she installed fine art exhibitions featuring local artists and hosted artist lectures for the students. She began working for the Elk Grove Historical Museum in December 2005. In 2008, she returned to NIU to complete a graduate certification in Museum Studies. Some of her favorite duties include designing annual temporary exhibits, presenting programs for children, and working with historical artifacts.

Phone: 847.228.3549
Email: sdenninger@elkgroveparks.org

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Michael Stachnik

Elk Grove Historical Museum Program Manager

Michael has an Associate in Arts degree from Moraine Valley Community College and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Governors State University. He has 26 years experience working in museums in various capacities including designing programs, working with collections, and directing the facility. He has worked for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Academy of Sciences, Ridge Historical Society, and the Isle a la Cache Museum. He started working for the Elk Grove Historical Museum in 2008 but is also a re-enactor and also works as an archivist for the Itasca Public Library.

Phone: 847.439.3994
Email: mstachnik@elkgroveparks.org

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Michelle Hujer

Elk Grove Historical Museum Assistant

Michelle started volunteering at the museum back in fall 2012. In January 2013 she was hired on as an assistant. Through her time here, she has helped write panels for exhibits, a story for the newsletter, worked special events and has led Girl Scout cookie workshops and other programs. She's worked for the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda and is currently also working at the Itasca Historical Depot Museum and the Springbrook Nature center as a museum assistant and instructor. In her free time she loves to travel and go to new places, especially museums. Michelle has a Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in History and Dramatic Literature.

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Ryan Lendy

Elk Grove Historical Museum Assistant

Ryan started as a volunteer in 2010 helping with the research and writing of text for the museum exhibits. In 2013 he was hired on as a museum assistant. Ryan helps with school and scout programs, special events, tours, research, developing new programs plus a variety of other special projects. He has worked for the Arlington Heights Historical Museum and is currently a museum assistant at the Itasca Historical Depot Museum. He has also done extensive genealogy research on his family tree. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Services from George Williams College.

Publications

The Elk Grove Historical Museum has a wonderful collection of artifacts, research materials and books. Below is a list of Illinois and local history publications available for use.

Illinois

  • Elk Grove, The Peony Village - McCarthy
  • Elk Grove Village & Township - Issel & Busseret
  • Faces & Places - Elk Grove 1900-1999 Historical Scrapbook
  • Discover the Territory Known As Elk Grove - Coloring Book
  • Itasca
  • The Alexian Brothers of Chicago - Davidson
  • The Mascoutens or Prairie Potawatami - Skinner
  • Chronicle of a Prairie Town, Arlington Heights
  • Daisy's Chicago Heritage - Rogers
  • Illinois, Land of Lincoln - Carpenter
  • Illinois, A History of the Prairie State - Howard
  • Illinois, A History - Jensen
  • Mount Prospect , Where Town and Country Meet
  • Historic Illinois From the Air - Buisseret
  • The History of Elk Grove Township - Nanci L. Vanderwheel

Historical Timeline of Elk Grove Village

  • 2006 - Residents celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Schuette-Bierman Farmhouse, 50th Anniversary of the Village of Elk Grove, 40th Anniversary of the Elk Grove Park District and 30th Anniversary of the Elk Grove Historical Society.
  • 2002 - The Schoolhouse Orientation Center is built.
  • 1996 - The village's 40th Anniversary celebrated, and the Hometown Parade established.
  • 1993 - Jack Claes Pavilion for recreation programming is opened.
  • 1990 - The new library opens at its current location at 1001 Wellington Avenue.
  • 1989 - The population of Elk Grove Village is 33,205.
  • 1985 - The Deike Barn is moved to the Farmhouse Museum Campus.
  • 1983 - The Pirates Cove Adventure Park is built
  • 1982 - The Tylenol murders (arsenic poisoning) began in Elk Grove Village with the death of a young girl. This event changed the way over-the-counter medicine is packaged.
  • 1980 - Statistics from the 1980 census show the Elk Grove Village resident count to be 28,860 and the housing total as 9,790.
  • 1975 - Astronaut James Lovell (Apollo 13) helps dedicate new village parks. The Elk Grove Historical Society is founded.
  • 1967 - Chicago and its surrounding areas experience one of the largest snowfalls in its history. It began on January 27 and three days later measured twenty-three inches, leaving many residents stranded.
  • 1966 - St. Alexius Hospital opened its doors in the summer of 1966. In November, the "Elk Grove Herald" reported that Centex had acquired one thousand acres west of the Village boundary from Rohlwing Road to Plum Grove Road. More schools are built as the village grows.
  • 1962 - Jaycees initiate the Peony Parade
  • 1961 - Forty volunteer firemen were sworn in on February 21. Both the Fire and Police Departments moved into an all-purpose building on Landmeier Road along with the Village Clerk.
  • 1959 - The Elk Grove Village Public Library opens on July 18, 1959, one day after the third birthday of Elk Grove Village. The first library was located in one of the original Centex model homes on Forest Lane, and was made possible by the Junior Women's Club. The Village flag and motto are established - "On this land we build with dignity". The first Village public schools open: Rupley and Ridge School.
  • 1958 - The Park n' Shop shopping center opened. The Lions Club and Jaycees are formed.
  • 1957 - The first Village Hall is located at State & Higgins. The village fire engine is kept in a barn on Tonne Rd., along with the first courtroom and Police Dept. These are later moved to 666 Landmeier.
  • 1954-56 - The Centex Corporation becomes the first major developer in the area. Elk Grove is incorporated with a population of 116. Elk Grove Village is officially nicknamed the "Peony Village".
  • 1939 - The WGN Radio Transmitter is installed.
  • 1922-24 - Ten elk from Jackson Hole, WY are released into Busse Woods.
  • 1902 - School District 59 is established
  • 1885 - An Old Settlers Reunion is held at the Temperance Hall in Arlington Heights.
  • 1840 - Elk Grove Township is surveyed in August of this year.
  • 1812 - The General Land Office is established to oversee land sales in the new territory. Surveyors divided the land into townships which measured six square miles. These were then divided into 36 sections, with each section being one square mile or 640 acres. They are then designated Congressional Townships.
  • 1787 - The Northwest Ordinance is enacted. This ordinance established a system that would eventually transform this newly settled territory
  • 1785 - The land ordinance is enacted and sets guidelines for the surveying of territory outside of the original Thirteen Colonies.