The West Chicago Historical Society will be offering an entertaining program on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Wayne and Helen Fox Community Center, 306 Main Street, that will rekindle memories and bring history alive. When Trolleys Rode the Prairie Path, presented by noted historian Steve Hyett, includes a multi-projector show about the electric interurban railroad affectionately known as the "Roarin' Elgin".
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Join the Friends of the West Chicago City Museum for an afternoon of dining and dancing at West Chicago's own Tango Argentina Club, Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., at 179 W. Washington Street, West Chicago.
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Don't forget to stop by the City Museum or City Hall to purchase the 2012 commemorative ornament featuring Oakwood Cemetery. This colorful ornament is available for $8. With the purchase of the ornament, you receive a brochure highlighting all the ornaments in the series.
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West Chicago's diverse housing stock is just one of the community's many
distinctions, and recently four of its historic homes were celebrated
for the restoration and preservation work made by their owners. The 2011
Preservation Awards, chosen by the West Chicago Preservation
Commission, were presented to: (from left to right) Peter and Barbara
Laimins, Keith Letsche and Evelyn and Frank Canabal. Sharon and Charles
Shelhamer (not pictured) were also honored. Each home maintains its own
fascinating history, the earliest dating back to 1869.
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The West Chicago City Museum will exhibit the work of Bartlett High School architectural/Computer-Aided Design honor students who have researched the history of nine past and present West Chicago train stations, as part of the All Aboard! exhibit. All Aboard! is a look at West Chicago’s many railroad stations over the last 150 years.
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While suburban Chicagoland train enthusiasts suffered a disappointing loss in bringing a magnificent steam engine train through West Chicago, Glen Ellyn, and several other communities in the You Route the Steam Contest sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad last week, there is still an opportunity to enjoy railroad history and artifacts at the West Chicago City Museum.
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The Bookies are a passionate group of women dedicated to the art of hand bookbinding. Meeting monthly in each other’s homes, Cheryl Mahowald, Mary Hagerty Sabo, Marilyn L. Schweitzer, Barbara Erickson and Carla Klausler hone their skills and learn new bookbinding techniques, growing both artistically and socially from the community atmosphere. Their combined works, entitled The Bookies, will be on display throughout January as the Featured Artist Exhibit at Gallery 200, 200 Main Street, in downtown West Chicago.
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The Friends of the West Chicago City Museum are featuring two historic West Chicago icons as commemorative ornaments this year: The West Chicago Fire Protection District's "The General" Fire Engine and the St. Michael's United Church of Christ.
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The Friends of the West Chicago City Museum's August drawing winner will receive the Community High School Commemorative Ornament AND the Tastee Freez Commemorative Ornament in honor of a new school year and the final days of summer.
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Visitors to the West Chicago City Museum experienced a lively program about Animals of the Prairie this past Wednesday, July 21, 2010.
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Congratulations to all winners, and thanks to all who participated!
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Those who love nature up close and personal won’t want to miss Animals of the Prairie, sponsored by the West Chicago City Museum. The presentation takes place at the Museum, located at 132 Main Street in downtown West Chicago, on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
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Join us on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. at the West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street, for a lively presentation about Animals of the Prairie.
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Artists with a connection to West Chicago, either through residence, work or school, are invited to exhibit their art work in the 18th annual Fine Arts Fiesta held during West Chicago's Railroad Days Festival, July 8-11, 2010.
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The West Chicago City Museum will be offering free half-day camps for children aged 5-13. The camps will be on Wednesday, July 28, and Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at the Museum. All camps run from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
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