Museum Exhibits

Upcoming Exhibit

A Palette for Preservation: Paintings by Bonnie Casey, on view beginning March 9th!


Palette for Preservation Exhibit

Inspired by the ever-changing landscape of Elk Grove Village and the surrounding area, artist and former resident, Bonnie Casey, painted a number of rural homesteads during the 1970s as a final record of their existence. Images and historic items from associated properties will be displayed alongside a series of Casey's original paintings to revive these locations once more. Artwork by current Elk Grove Artist Association members will be featured throughout the museum's farmhouse to complement the theme of local preservation. Exhibit visitors are eligible for entry into a monthly raffle drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Blick Art Materials.

This exhibit is proudly supported by Blick Arts Materials (500 E. Golf Road in Schaumburg) and Elk Grove Historical Society members.

Blick Art Materials (500 E. Golf Road in Schaumburg)



Exhibit programs


Exhibit opening event

Georgia O'Keeffe: The Inspiration of Nature

Friday, March 9th

Celebrate the exhibit opening with a portrayal of Georgia O'Keeffe, legendary artist, by historian Leslie Goddard. Food provided. View the exhibit between 2:30-5:15pm. Then head over to the Al Hattendorf Center (225 E. Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove Village) for the presentation and dinner. Ages 13+.

Fee:
  • FREE for Historical Society and Elk Grove Artist Association members (please call to RSVP by March 5th, 847-439-3994)
  • $5 for non-members (please register online with code #201408)
Location:
Al Hattendorf Center
225 E. Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007


If These Walls Could Talk: An Architecture Tour

Sunday, April 15th, 1pm

Discover the many structural mysteries of the museum's farmhouse, using new family information and construction details. Discuss your own construction theories on this local landmark. Register online by April 13th with code #201609. Ages 13+. Space is limited!

Fee: FREE
Location: Museum (399 Biesterfield Rd. Elk Grove Village, IL 60007)


An Afternoon with Bonnie Casey: A Painting Demonstration

Saturday May 5th, 1pm

Meet the featured artist with an engaging oil painting demonstration by Bonnie Casey. All registrants will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win Bonnie's painting. Register online by April 30th with code #201608. Ages 13+.

Fee: FREE
Location: Craft Room at the Pavilion (1000 Wellington Ave. Elk Grove Village, IL 60007)


Summer Exhibit Fun

Wednesdays in June, July, and August, Noon-5pm

Unleash your artistic side with these monthly themes. No registration required. Call ahead if you have more than 5 in your group. Ages 3+.

Themes:
Nature Clay Creations (June)
Paint by Number (July)
Paper Houses (August)

Fee:
  • FREE for Elk Grove Historical Society members
  • $1 for non-members

Recurring Exhibit

Perspectives: The Growth of Elk Grove, on view September-early February

Discover how Elk Grove transformed in the areas of education, social life, business, and resident demographics to become the Elk Grove Village we know today. Listen to perspectives from past and present residents through audio clips. Add your voice to the exhibit as you relate to the various topics. A number of photographs and original artifacts will be displayed with an array of hands-on components to connect visitors to the history of this area. This recurring exhibit will be on view each year from late summer through the winter. Exhibit support provided by the Elk Grove Historical Society.

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Past Exhibits

McDonald's® Hamburger University®, March-August 2017

McDonald's Golden Arches is one of the most recognized symbols in the world. Shortly after fast food took the country by storm in the 1950s, a unique facility was established in Elk Grove Village to train McDonald's management. Using a blend of video, sound, original artifacts, and touch components, discover how Hamburger University made a global impact.

This exhibit was supported by your local McDonald's restaurants at:

  • 10 W. Biesterfield Rd.
  • 633 Meacham Rd.
  • 1450 Busse Rd.

History


A Feast for the Ears, March-August 2015

This exhibit led visitors on a discovery of Elk Grove's rich musical history and celebrated diverse musicians and educators through the sounds of jazz, rock, classical, folk, and opera. It struck a chord with all ages using original artifacts, bold images, and audio. Visitors also shared their memories and experiences about what music meant to them.

Thank you to all who came out to see the exhibit and participated in programs! You can find photos of the exhibit on our Facebook page.

This exhibit was sponsored by Jarosch Bakery.


The Green Scale, March-August 2014

Thank you to everyone who came out to see the special exhibit, The Green Scale! The exhibit featured hands-on components and information on local environmental practices. Sometimes, being green doesn't always measure up as science and standards evolve. We hope that as a community, we can become better stewards of our environment. This exhibit was partially made possible by students from the Northern Illinois University Museum Studies program.

Thank you also to our exhibit sponsor, Elk Grove Village Bank & Trust.

Discover how Elk Grove transformed in the areas of education, social life, business, and resident demographics to become the Elk Grove Village we know today. Listen to perspectives from past and present residents through audio clips. Add your voice to the exhibit as you relate to the various topics. A number of photographs and original artifacts will be displayed with an array of hands-on components to connect visitors to the history of this area.