Saturdays and Sundays in December

Touching on Traditions Exhibition
12:00pm - 4:00pm $2/adult, $1/child, EPM members free

People from around the world have made their homes in Elgin. They brought with them beliefs and traditions from their countries of origin giving the Elgin community a rich diversity, which is now a part of our cultural heritage. Visit the Museum’s winter holiday exhibition, featuring displays and objects of traditional holiday significance.


Saturday, December 1

Story Hour: Traditions
11am – 12pm Donations Welcome

On the first Saturday of each month listen to fantastic stores at the Elgin Public Museum. No registration required.


Wednesday, December 5

Illinois Hieroglyphics: A Detective Story from Early Illinois Indigenous History
7:00pm, Free

Locked away in a museum in Paris, are four art objects associated with the Native peoples of Illinois. Among the most stunning examples of Native American art from any period, these painted hide robes are especially valuable because of their age. Collected sometime in the late 1600s or early 1700s, the large robes are decorated with geometrical and abstract designs, tantalizing clues about the people who made them - yet, in many respects, the hides have long been a mystery. Although certain features of the hides imply much about their identity, the specific circumstances of their origins in the Illinois Country are not known. Consequently, historians have not been able to discern what sorts of stories these hide robes can tell us about the past.


Friday, December 14

Around the World in One Night
6 - 8 pm, $2/adult, $1/child, members free

In place of Science Night, come out for an evening of cultural traditions. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the stories, crafts and food of different winter holidays. This is a drop-in event; no registration required.


Friday, December 21

Ancient Cultural Traditions and the Solstice
7:00pm – 8:00pm doors open at 6:30pm - $5 members, $7 nonmembers

Celebrate the Solstice with treats and ancient stories of this darkest time of the year all around a roaring fire! Doors open early so you can enjoy the Touching on Traditions exhibition before the event.


Saturday, December 29

Bison Feeding in Lords Park
7:00 am - 8:30 am $2/adult, $1/child, EPM members free

Join us for an up close and personal look at the bison, deer and elk at the Lords Park Zoo. Meet at the Museum for a short introduction after which we head for the zoo to assist the zookeeper in feeding these magnificent creatures. Space is limited to 12 people, so please register early! Sponsored by the Friends of Lords Park Zoo.