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Elkhart Historical Society

P.O. Box 255

Elkhart, IL   62634


Village of Elkhart Website:
Elkhart Historical Society Web Site:     http://www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org 
St. John's Chapel Christmas Sat Dec 2nd
Candlelight Service
Registration form <--
St. John's Chapel Christmas Sun Dec 3rd
Candlelight Matinee Service
Registration form
Reservations are Required & Must be made ONLY by calling 217-947-2238
 between the hours of 8am and 7pm ... Starting Nov. 2nd, 2023.

We take reservations in date and time order from that phone call only. Any other reservations will not be accepted. If you do not reach a live person,
please leave your information on the answering machine. Be sure to leave your name, phone number, number attending, which service you plan
to attend and if you are interested in a meal.
You will be called back to confirm your reservation.

Note:  each membership comes with a free copy of our
             2024 calendar celebrating 35 years of the Elkhart Historical Society & their contributions to Elkhart. 
click here --> 2024 Membership Form

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Elkhart Photos
    Peter Scully (deceased) & daughter with Paul Beaver (deceased)
Michael Scully's (now deceased) Oral History at Lincoln Presidential Library



Current  &  Past  Events  [click on each year, below]


2023   2022   2021   2020   2019     2018   2017   2016   2015   2014   2013   2012




John D. Gillett, whom the London Gazette dubbed
The Cattle King of the World.
Gillett and his grandson Hiram Keays won numerous awards at the Chicago livestock
show. For many years in the late 1800's the town of Elkhart was one of the largest
shipping points on the C&A (Chicago & Alton) Railroad, due to the large stock
raising farms of John Dean Gillett. Noted for importing Durham cattle from Scotland
 and developing the Shorthorn cattle breed, Gillett shipped over 2,000 head of cattle
 and 1,000 head of hogs to Europe annually.

The Real Estate Empire of the John Dean Gillett Family of Elkhart, Illinois; the Gillett Great Estate Trial of 1904 at Lincoln, Illinois; and Gillett History to the Present

A Collaborative, Pictorial History Book, Featuring Images of Selected, Rare Sources

Renovation of Veteran Park

Donations to the Veterans Park Fund
are tax deductible & can be sent to
PO Box 20, Elkhart, IL 62634.

To reserve space for a dinner lecture or walk for a group of six or more, you may call 217.947.2238 prior to the reservation date noted on the web site.

 Payment will be accepted early for groups of 6+.  Upon confirmation of the reservation, payment must be received by EHS

within SEVEN DAYS or the reservation confirmation date or the tickets will be released.


Elkhart Historical Society

P.O. Box 255

Elkhart, IL   62634

elkhart.hist.soc@gmail.com Village of Elkhart Website:
Elkhart Historical Society Web Site:  http://www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org

NEW Exploring Tourism in Logan County Web site: www.explorelogancounty.com

  [note:  the autumn photo of the Elkhart Gillett-Cemetery Bridge was submitted by Elkhart photographer, Joshua Rhoades]


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