Story Time with Harriet Peck
Mar
1
10:30 AM10:30

Story Time with Harriet Peck

Joyce Miller as Harriet Peck

Joyce Miller as Harriet Peck

Harriet Peck, portrayed by Docent, Joyce Miller, will read a picture book to preschool children at the Peck Homestead. This story time is geared to 2 – 5 year old children.

Caregivers are asked to stay with their children for this special story time.

Free - no reservations required – just come! 

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History Book Discussion
Aug
19
2:00 PM14:00

History Book Discussion

A well-researched chronicle of what is widely regarded as the worst naval disaster in U.S. history; it also vividly renders the combatants' hellish ordeal during the sinking, and the ensuing days at sea as well as attempts to cope with the traumatic aftermath.

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History Book Discussion
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

History Book Discussion

The story and celebration of the four dozen unsung black women who worked as computers, mathematicians, scientists, and engineers from 1943 to 1980 for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and its successor, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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History Book Discussion
Jan
7
2:00 PM14:00

History Book Discussion

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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

by Candace Millard

Millard focuses her formidable research and narrative skills on the shooting of president James Garfield and his death, 79 days later, from the misguided medical care he received. Millard has found compelling characters and narrative drama in historical events that have been largely overlooked.

“I found him very admirable and I found it a real loss to the nation that he’s been forgotten. I think there’s a lot we can learn from him and from this tragedy.” Christian Science Monitor Interview, Oct. 4, 2011

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Lombard Christmas Mart
Nov
4
9:00 AM09:00

Lombard Christmas Mart

  • Lombard Historical Society - Carriage House (map)
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The Lombard Historical Society will be open for the Christmas Mart along Maple Street. Stop in our Carriage House for beautiful ornaments, scarves, children's books, mugs, Lilac Time mugs and posters, and much more!

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History Book Discussion
Oct
15
2:00 PM14:00

History Book Discussion

The Witches: Salem, 1692
By Stacy Schiff

With devastating clarity, the textures and tensions of colonial life emerge; hidden patterns subtly, startlingly detach themselves from the darkness. Schiff brings early American anxieties to the fore to align them brilliantly with our own. In an era of religious provocations, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this enthralling story makes more sense than ever.

The Witches is Schiff 's riveting account of a seminal episode, a primal American mystery unveiled-in crackling detail and lyrical prose-by one of our most acclaimed historians.

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Picnic at the Peck
Sep
30
1:00 PM13:00

Picnic at the Peck

Bring your blanket and family to the Peck Homestead. Live music with the Plank Road Folk Music Society. We'll provide hot dogs and s'mores, and have family activities. Free event, donations welcome. The picnic is from 1:00-4:00.

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Brown Bag Lunch: Rediscovering Camp McDowell
Sep
22
12:00 PM12:00

Brown Bag Lunch: Rediscovering Camp McDowell

McDowell Grove Forest Preserve was home to a Civilian Conservation Corps, a signal corps school for radar technology, and even a communications school for the Office of Strategic Services, America’s World War II spy agency and precursor to the CIA. Discover this preserve’s intriguing history through this program featuring historic photographs and documents. 

Free, but please RSVP due to limited seating.

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History Book Discussion
Aug
20
2:00 PM14:00

History Book Discussion

Lincoln's Greatest Case
By Brian McGinty

Re-creating the Effie Afton case from its unlikely inception to its controversial finale, McGinty brilliantly animates this legal cauldron of the late 1850s, which turned out to be the most consequential trial in Lincoln's nearly quarter century as a lawyer. Along the way, the tall prairie lawyer's consummate legal skills and instincts are also brought to vivid life, as is the history of steamboat traffic on the Mississippi, the progress of railroads west of the Appalachians, and the epochal clashes of railroads and steamboats at the river’s edge.

Lincoln's Greatest Case is legal history on a grand scale and an essential first act to a pivotal Lincoln drama we did not know was there.

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Brown Bag Lunch - 40 Years of Trains in Lombard
May
26
12:00 PM12:00

Brown Bag Lunch - 40 Years of Trains in Lombard

Amateur historian and long-time Lombard resident Carl Shaver will discuss changes in the railroad through Lombard over the last 40+ years. He’ll touch on the history of the discontinued CGW line and technology updates to tracks, signals, operations (once Union Pacific took over), and freight equipment. Carl is always thrilled to answer those railroad questions you didn’t even know you had. 
Free, but please RSVP due to limited seating. 

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History Book Discussion
Apr
23
2:00 PM14:00

History Book Discussion

War of Two:  Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation
By John Sedgwick

A provocative and penetrating investigation into the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, whose infamous duel left the Founding Father dead and turned a sitting Vice President into a fugitive.  Presented in collaboration with the Helen Plum LIbrary.

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