P.O. Box 255       

11 Oct., '17 LDN: Elkhart to reveal new wall mural to public SUNDAY, Oct. 15th
14 Oct., 2017 New Herald News: ELKHART'S NEW WALL MURAL

       The Elkhart Historical Society announces its 3rd Saturday  Art & Craft on October 21st you can get a jump on Christmas gifts with some of these new offerings; as space in some classes is limited, reservations are required by Tuesday Oct 17th, and the cost for each is $30 per session made payable to the Elkhart Historical Society PO Box 255 Elkhart, IL  62634.  For more information see Facebook  Elkhart Illinois Antiques, Arts and Café,  or  down load the reservation form:  < CLICK HERE FOR RESERVATION FORM >


 Painting with Reneé 10a – leaf printing on fabric with acrylic paint.  Please bring item(s) of light color, and washed if new. Afternoon class at 1 pm- - Halloween painting with cat and pumpkin in acrylic.


Ice Dyeing with Jamie  Please bring item(s) to dye (also available for purchase) a cooling cookie rack, and a plastic tub  23 x 16 x 6  (under bed box - - or similar size) wear old clothes; ( gloves and face mask will be provided.) 10a or 1p  sessions.


Essential Oils Class with Susan  Morning session: Learn about the top essential oils to have in your home. Pick 6 reasons to have an oil blend available (Examples: Sleep, Immunity, Beat a Cold, Seasonal Sniffles, Wake up, Pay Attention, Ouch, Stomach Stuff), and tailor your own personal formulas according to your needs. 
Go home with 6 blends in convenient roller bottles. 

Afternoon session: Learn about which essential oils to use for a variety of skin applications. (Examples: Wrinkles, Exfoliation, Chapping/Chafing, Cracked lips, "Cottage Cheese" thighs). Go home with face oil, Sugar scrub, lip balm, and a personalized skin cream according to your needs. 

Vintage Lace and Button Collage with Jean Bring your own special items to incorporate in your design, and use the wonderful vintage materials provided to create your own unique creation. 10 a  or 1p sessions.

A Crafters lunch is available at 12 noon for $10, see reservation form for details.

 Please call 217 947  2238 for reservations, and then download this form:  -->RESERVATION FORM; and mail it with your check to Elkhart Historical Society PO Box 255 Elkhart, IL  62634.  Forms can also be obtained and submitted at each of the three shops in Elkhart.  Also look on Face Book,  “ Elkhart Illinois Antiques”.

Elkhart celebrates Route 66 over Labor Day weekend


Elkhart mural, Veteran's Park, Car show - slideshow


Slot car racing, Sidewalk art, and more - slideshow


Elkhart Hill, Gillett Chapel tour - SLIDESHOW

Midwest Living Review

by Karen Sorensen

Thanks to a geographic anomaly created during the Ice Age, Elkhart Hill becomes a stunning sea of bluebells every spring that visitors can tour on just two or three Saturdays in April

AND - dine at WildhareCafe


Now on facebook  -->  ElkhartIllinois


Past Events

 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.

for much more information, go to -->  http://www.oldgillettfarm.org/history.shtml


P O Box 255, Elkhart, IL  62634


Dear Members & Friends,


Elkhart Historical Society 2016


Dear EHS Members and Friends


As 2016 draws to a close, the Elkhart Historical Society looks back on another year of unique opportunities to discover more about our village and its surrounding area. The support of interested people is the foundation upon which all successful organizations are built, and it is with our deepest gratitude that we thank all who have done so much to make this a notable year.


One of our most enjoyable events continue to be our dinner lectures held at the Wild Hare Cafe. Last winter’s dinner lectures included speakers such as Mark McDonald, Dr. Michael Burlingame and Robert Shaw, Paul Beaver, Nancy Torgerson, and Pam Moriearty. This fall’s speakers are Nancy Saul and Dr. Karl Luthin. We welcome suggestions for future topics. Ideas can be sent to amorris2304@gmail.com.


The EHS Annual Christmas Chapel Service on Elkhart Hill has become a traditional way of starting the Christmas season for many families and continues to draw people from a variety of cities in central Illinois. Our candlelight service for 2016 is scheduled for Saturday, December 3 with 4 services at 2:00, 4:00, 5:30, and 8:00 p.m. We are thrilled to announce that due to the generosity of our “Organ Donors” of 2015, who helped to defray the expense of the repair and refurbishing of the historic organ, you may look forward to once again enjoying the sound of this wonderful instrument. To reserve your seat and/or dinner, call 217-947-2238, starting November 7 when tickets go on sale.  The reservation form is included for your convenience.


In September, Art and Music on the Prairie was introduced as a new event for the Elkhart community with food, drinks, and music provided at each of our three gift shops: Horsefeathers, Country Bumpkin, and Birdsong. The original art from four different artists was displayed for sale throughout the three shops. The artists who participated were Felicia Olin, Sheri Ramsey, Catherine Coats-Flynn, and Leticia Marseille. Later in the evening, the musicians, including Jean Tweet, Megan Forness, Tim Gleason, and Ken Reese entertained in the streets of the village. It was an outstanding success!

As we continue to channel funds into our ongoing project to create a future for the Hunter House property, we have once again ensured that the property is well cared for and have put a protective layer of paint on the wood trim of the home and have replaced the roof on the garage.


The 2017 Membership dues will continue to add much needed funds for the projects and programs we offer, and remind us how important you are to the continued success of the society.  This year’s calendar will feature the photography of well-known photo journalist Nancy Saul, whose various Logan County pictures will be our second full color calendar. 

Calendars are free with each renewing or new member, and can be ordered on the enclosed form, or can be purchased for $15.  They should be available by December 1st at either the Country Bumpkin 103 Gov. Oglesby St. in Elkhart, or Horsefeathers located directly across the street.


As we approach winter and all the weather it will bring, we look forward to next spring’s Flower and Bird Walks that begin in April. Please check our website for the dates for these walks. We are wishing everyone a blessed Holiday Season.

Elkhart Historical Society Board

Ann Anderson        Gillette Ransom         Michael and Anne Morris

Bob and Bev Albert            Joyce and Bill Evans


             Annual Report (2015) Of the Elkhart Historical Society   <--  click here

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.


    Web Site:             http://www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org

Email:    Rob Wilson:     jrwsound@gmail.com

Village of Elkhart:   www.elkhartillinois.us

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