A special exhibit of Sheldon Peck portraits: June 4 - August 31, 2019.


Sheldon Peck: footsteps of his life
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.


We invite you to donate to make this special exhibit possible. Thank you!


 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. 

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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


The Peck Exhibit
June 4 - August 31, 2019
the Sheldon Peck Homestead, 355 E. Parkside Ave

This exhibition of noted folk artist Sheldon Peck paintings: Sheldon Peck: Footsteps of His Life
is open 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

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This full color catalog will be available for purchase at the exhibit or by contacting the Lombard Historical Society at info@lombardhistory.org. 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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