Wednesday, May 1

7 PM; Free

The first picture postcards were published for the 1889 Paris Exposition, celebrating the completion of the Eiffel Tower. In America, the first picture postcards were printed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago– making Illinois the birthplace of the American picture postcard. Since those flowery Victorian originals, uncountable billions of postcards of every aspect of life have been printed; depicting train stations and bandstands; street views and cartoons; ads for products and conveniences; beauties and freaks; social history both whimsical and dark; and everything in between. An early mention in writing postcards is in the 1870 diary entry of a Welsh curate, who called postcards, “A happy invention.” In 2016, the world’s largest public collection of postcards, the Curt Teich Postcard Archives, was given to the Newberry Library by the Lake County Forest Preserve District. Katherine Hamilton-Smith, the founding curator of the Teich Archives, presents a look at the documentary power and significance of picture postcards, the history of the Curt Teich Company of Chicago, and the curatorial development of the Teich Archives collection. Free admission thanks to the Illinois Humanity Council.

Saturday, May 4

Story Hour

Children explore the natural world through stories and exhibits at the Elgin Public Museum. This month we will read about the rainforest! Donations welcome. No registration required.

Friday, May 10

Science Night
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm $2 per person, members free!

Curious about the natural world around you? Bring your family to Elgin Public Museum’s Science Night. Different stations will be set up around the Museum for kids and their parents to conduct experiments, experience demonstrations and partake in discussions about this month’s topic. No registration required for this drop-in program.

Bison Feeding
We are sorry to announce that this month’s bison feeding has been cancelled. Our next bison feeding will be June 29.