Ice Cream Social
Jun
25
1:00 pm13:00

Ice Cream Social

  • Carriage House

Come enjoy our annual old-fashioned ice cream social! We'll have music, games, and of course - ice cream. Fun and free event for the family; $3 charge for sundaes. 

The History Behind The Fiction
Jun
29
7:00 pm19:00

The History Behind The Fiction

  • Carriage House

Historical romances are some of the biggest sellers in the bookstore, but how realistic are the historic settings? Join author Rebecca Ciardullo as she discusses just how much actual reseatch goes into historical fiction, as well as her writing process.

Why Gone With the Wind Still Matters
Jul
14
7:00 pm19:00

Why Gone With the Wind Still Matters

  • Log Cabin at Four Seasons Park

The Lombard Historical Society presents historian Leslie Goddard, who will explore Gone With the Wind’s lasting influence in shaping popular understanding of the American Civil War. Registration required.

Jul
23
10:00 am10:00

Lombard's Civil War Reenactment

Four Seasons Park, Lombard

Lombard's Civil War Reenactment returns! So many sights and sounds for children and adults. Meet Union and Confederate soldiers. Watch a skirmish and a battle during the day.

 

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.

Brown Bag Lunch: Rediscovering Camp McDowell
Sep
22
12:00 pm12:00

Brown Bag Lunch: Rediscovering Camp McDowell

  • Carriage House

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.

History Book Discussion
Oct
8
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.


History Book Discussion
Jun
11
2:00 pm14:00

History Book Discussion

  • Carriage House

A Crack in the Edge of the World
By Simon Winchester

Unleashed by ancient geologic forces, a magnitude 8.25 earthquake rocked San Francisco in the early hours of April 18, 1906. Less than a minute later, the city lay in ruins. Bestselling author Simon Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities to this extraordinary event.Presented in collaboration with the Helen Plum LIbrary.

Brown Bag Lunch - 40 Years of Trains in Lombard
May
26
12:00 pm12:00

Brown Bag Lunch - 40 Years of Trains in Lombard

  • Carriage House

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. 

Lombard Cemetery Cleanup
May
13
10:00 am10:00

Lombard Cemetery Cleanup

  • Lombard Cemetery

(Tentative time)
Our annual spring cleaning at the Lombard Cemetery at Main and Washington. Pick up debris, and general sprucing up. Bring your own rake or garden tools. We'll provide the bags. 

The Lilac Luncheon
May
11
11:00 am11:00

The Lilac Luncheon

  • Babcock's Grove House

Lunch at Babcock’s Grove House restaurant for a fascinating account of the history of Lilacia Park and Lombard’s historic Lilac Time. Lunch and non-alcoholic beverages are included, followed by an optional tour of Lilacia Park (steps from Babcock’s). Cost is $25 and tickets are required.

History Book Discussion
Apr
23
2:00 pm14:00

History Book Discussion

  • Carriage House

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.

Brown Bag Lunch - Mystery Author Rick Polad
Apr
7
12:00 pm12:00

Brown Bag Lunch - Mystery Author Rick Polad

  • Carriage House

Chicagoan Rick Polad's acclaimed Spencer Manning mysteries takes readers through the gritty underbelly of Chicago's power, politics, and history. Polad, whose previous novels include Change of Address, Dark Alleys, and Harbor Nights, will discuss his novels, character development, and the inspiration he finds in Chicago during this behind-the-page presentation.
Free, but please RSVP due to limited seating.

Anne Shimojima
Mar
26
2:00 pm14:00

Anne Shimojima

  • Helen Plum Library

Local storyteller and educator Anne Shimojima shares the story of her family’s journey moving from their homeland of Japan to the US, and eventually to an assembly center and an incarceration camp where immigrants and citizens were forced to relocate during World War II.