The Lombard Historical Society is thrilled to announce a special exhibit of Sheldon Peck portraits coming June 4 - August 31, 2019.


Sheldon Peck Events and Exhibition Overview

The Lombard Historical Society will be presenting a unique exhibition beginning June 4, 2019, of the works of noted folk art portrait painter Sheldon Peck. See more than a dozen original paintings by Peck from 1825-1848 displayed in the home Sheldon Peck built in 1839. This first-ever presentation includes paintings on loan from various collectors and museums from across the country and will be displayed together in the Peck Homestead. The exhibit will include several paintings never shown before in public.



Special Kick-off Reception featuring Richard Miller
March 14, 2019
6:30 - 9:00pm

Hosted by Bob and Caroline Jacobsen at the historic Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, IL

Several Sheldon Peck paintings will be on exhibit at this preview event with proceeds going to the preservation of the history of Sheldon Peck as well as art conservation. Tickets are limited. $125 includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, and renowned speaker, Richard Miller. Open bar. Jacket and tie required.
Request tickets at the Lombard Historical Society - 23 W Maple, Lombard, 630-629-1885; or purchase below using PayPal or a credit card. Your full ticket price is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Number of Kick-Off Tickets

The St. Charles History Museum will be graciously lending the S. S. Jones portrait by Sheldon Peck for the event.

Richard Miller is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where he received a B.A. in Film in 1978. After working on a freelance basis on approximately 100 motion picture and video productions, he attended the Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of Oneonta, New York, and received an M.A. in Museum Studies in 1986.
From 1986-1995, Miller was Associate Curator, then Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Since 1995 Miller has served as an independent curator and consultant to private and institutional clients, including The New Hampshire Historical Society, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Maier Museum of Art, The Hood Museum of Art, The Bennington Museum, and The Illinois State Museum. He continues to catalog the collections of furniture and ceramics at the Chipstone Foundation, as well as author articles and contribute essays on folk art.  


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Sheldon Peck: Portrait of an Ordinary Man in Extraordinary Times
produced by Tim Frakes

View the documentary trailer.

DVD copies are available for purchase!

DVDs of Sheldon Peck: Portrait may be purchased for $20 at the Lombard Historical Society, 23 W. Maple Street.
Tuesday – Friday from 10 - 3pm
Or order online for $20 plus $6.99 shipping.

Order Peck DVD

 First Look for Donors and Special Guests at
the Sheldon Peck Homestead
May 30, 2019 - 7pm

Donors and special guests will be invited for a first look at the Peck exhibit on May 30, 2019, at 7pm.
Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. 


Exhibit opens to the public June 4, 2019
the Sheldon Peck Homestead, 355 E. Parkside Ave

This exhibition of noted folk artist Sheldon Peck paintings: Sheldon Peck: Footsteps of His Life
will run from June 4 -  August 31, 2019.

Special open hours at the Peck Homestead during this exhibit:

Tuesdays: 1-4 pm with special art activities for children
Thursdays: 1-8 pm; special evening hours from 6 – 8 featuring Expert Docents (see below)
Saturdays: 10 am-4 pm

Suggested donation: $8/person or $5 for members and lending institution members
Children, students, and active duty military free
Closed July 4th for Independence Day

Expert docents

The expert docents will include lenders, art experts, museum professionals, and anti-slavery experts who will be on site on Thursday evenings. This will be a casual way to learn about special aspects of Sheldon Peck’s life and his portrait subjects.

Calendar of expert docents and art activities will be available closer to the opening.

Donor Information

Paintings loaned to the Sheldon Peck Homestead are committed from multiple museums and private donors from around the country with more final donations to be confirmed. Twelve to twenty portraits will be featured. A complete list of portraits will be listed when confirmed.

Special Thanks to the Illinois State Museum, St. Charles History Museum, Glen Ellyn, and the many private donors and lenders for their commitment to this exhibition.

Exhibition Catalog

Noted Folk Artist
Footsteps of His Life

This full color catalog will be available for purchase at the exhibit or by contacting the Lombard Historical Society at It will include photographs and details of the portraits featured in this exhibition, as well as biographical information about Sheldon Peck. Sponsors, donors, and lending institutions will be acknowledged in this book.

As we plan this never-before-seen exhibition of original Sheldon Peck works, we invite you to donate to make this special event possible. Thank you for your generous donation to the Sheldon Peck Portrait Exhibit. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.



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