Jul
20
7:00 pm19:00

Burnham’s Chicago featuring Terry Lynch

Our Summer Reading theme is “Build a Better World,” and Burnham had that in mind when he developed his Plan for Chicago in 1909. Lynch portrays Chicago’s famous architect and shows how the City of Big Shoulders developed out of the Wild Onion.

Nov
14
7:00 pm19:00

“From Mexico to Cantigny and the Rhine: America’s First Division in World War I

“From Mexico to Cantigny and the Rhine: America’s First Division in World War I” featuring Paul Herbert

Thursday, November 14

Cantigny Park is named for a Village in France where the First Division of the American Expeditionary Forces fought America’s first battle for Europe nearly 100 years ago.  The late Col. Robert R. McCormick and other local citizens were there.  Paul Herbert, Executive Director of Cantigny’s First Division Museum, will discuss how and why the Division was organized and deployed, the battles it fought and how it became the legendary 1st Infantry Division, the Big Red One.


Sep
20
7:00 pm19:00

“Mudslinging, Muckraking, and Apple Pie” featuring Terry Lynch

How did political campaign craziness get started? In this program, hear the stories of the mudslinging and muckraking of the Jefferson v. Adams campaign of 1800, the Jackson v. Adams of 1828, the Lincoln v. Douglas of 1860, and Grant v. ANYONE! Also covered is the 1912 campaign when Teddy Roosevelt started his OWN political party. 

Jul
21
7:00 pm19:00

“Christy Mathewson” featuring Craig Pierce

Our Summer Reading theme is sports, and Pierce portrays America’s first sports hero. Hear about his accomplishments on and off the field, meet personalities from baseball’s “deadball era,” learn the circumstances of his early death, and participate in a simulated baseball radio broadcast. 

May
17
7:00 pm19:00

Winfield Historical Society Annual Meeting

Village Trustee Dr. Robert Greer is the local expert on Gary’s Mill. Let’s celebrate our heritage this month at the annual meeting and learn about our connection to the Gilded Age of the late 19th century. 

Mar
15
7:00 pm19:00

“Please Call Me Amy” featuring Ellie Carlson

Celebrate the centennial + 1 of the McCormicks’ wedding as well as the family’s Scotch-Irish heritage. Carlson portrays Amy McCormick at Cantigny and recreates the character for us. Learn about her service in the Red Cross and her painting and riding at Cantigny. 

Jan
26
7:00 pm19:00

“Below Stairs” featuring Leslie Goddard

Just in time for the Downton Abbey series finale! Leslie Goddard portrays Margaret Powell, a kitchen maid and cook who worked in several stately English homes in the 1920s. Powell shares stories about the work it took to run a wealthy household . 

Nov
17
7:30 pm19:30

Chicago’s Sweet Candy History

For most of its history, Chicago produced about one-third of the nation’s candy. Learn the history of these tasty treats, find out why immigrants played such a critical role in confectionery history, and explore what made Chicago such an ideal location for candy makers. Leslie Goddard presents the fascinating history of Chicago’s candy making. 

Jul
21
7:30 pm19:30

Women of WWI

Alongside their sisters toiling on the home front were women who served with exceptional valor at the front: from innovative medics to hard- bitten soldiers, from spies to enterprising journalists. Listen to author and lecturer Kathryn Atwood describe the hardworking women heroes of the Great War. 

May
19
7:30 pm19:30

Regretting Mr. Wright: Mamah Tells Her Own Story

Mamah Bouton Borthwick was murdered in August 1914 at Taliesin, the home she shared with Frank Lloyd Wright. Since her death, as she did in life, Mamah has struggled to understand the circumstances of her relationships and how a woman’s own desires can be reconciled to the larger goals of womankind and society at large. Join us for this dramatic portrayal of a dynamic figure, presented by Ellie Carlson. 

Mar
17
7:30 pm19:30

Art Excursions presents “The Monuments Men”

Art historian Jeff Mishur will describe the compelling story of how art historians, museum professionals and military personnel worked to protect Europe’s cultural treasures and repatriate stolen objects during and after World War II. The slide lecture deals with the complexity of Germany’s cultural climate in the 1930s and 1940s in order to explain why the efforts of those associated with The Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program were so urgently needed. `

Jan
20
7:30 pm19:30

The Lincoln Funeral Train

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination and funeral with William Werst, Executive Director of the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train, Werst will describe the inspiration behind memorializing Lincoln’s final trip from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. The recreation of this journey will begin on April 21, 2015 and include many towns that saw Lincoln’s funeral train in 1865. 

Nov
18
7:30 pm19:30

The Clank Of Arms To Be Heard No More

  • Winfield Public Library

Glen Ellyn resident Frederick Miller will present " The Clank of Arms To Be Held No More".  Sharing the 40 surviving letters and diary entries of his great grandfather, Mr. Miller will share is family history of Civil Ware Soldier Jams Augustus Miller.  

 

Program co-sponsered by the Winfield Public Library

Sep
16
7:30 pm19:30

Art Excursions Presents "American Art and the Civil War"

American Art in the Era of the Civil War -- This slide lecture examines painting from the 19th century that relate to the Civil Ware and American culture at that time.  Art Historian Jeff Mishur will include landscapes by painters like Thomas Cole and Frederick Churches as well as American scenes by artist line Winslow Homer.  Program co-sopnsored by the Winfield Public Library.