P.O. Box 255   

Dinner/talk: “30 years of Restoring Natural Communities in Central Illinois, while walking in the footsteps of the Captain,”

... at Wildhare Cafe - 5:30p on Friday April 21, 2017 ...

by Vernon LaGesse, Ex. Dir. of the Friends of the Sangamon Valley, a charitable membership organization dedicated to the preservation of our natural heritage by acquiring, restoring and protecting ecological significant lands within the Lower Sangamon River Watershed.

The talk will encompass the fascinating challenges of restoring prairie, timbers and wetlands across Central Illinois for 30 years for various Conservation Groups.  A long time devotee of Captain A.H. Bogardus, he has not only collected items and stories related to Bogardus, but also has restored many of the endangered or threatened  natural areas described by Bogardus’s book,  “Field, Cover and Trap Shooting” written in 1878.

The menu offers a choice of Lasagna or Chicken Pot Pie with garden salad fresh
baked rolls and choice of dessert and beverage, and the cost is $40 per person
which includes a $10 donation to The Elkhart Historical Society

RESERVATION FORM (word format)  <-- click here
RESERVATION FORM (pdf format)  <-- click here

The Elkhart Historical Society Announces ...
April Wildflower Walks on Elkhart Hill

The April wildflower walks will be offered twice a day, 10a or 2p and  are scheduled for every Saturday in April starting April 1st for the very earliest of the spring ephemerals, such as spring beauties and Dutchmen’s breeches, concluding with the vast sweeps of  Virginia Bluebells.

The final Saturday April 29th, will offer two bird walks, 6A and 4p, with a combination bird and flower walk at 10a.  Private tours for groups of 10 or more can be requested for other days during the spring bloom. The bird walk will once again be led by 3 fabulous ornithologists, Rhetta  Jack, Dr. Lara Borgerson, and Joe Funk who all helped to identify over 60 species of birds on last year’s walk.    


 Reservations for all events must be made
by calling 217 947 2238,  and reservation forms
with times and menus can be found and downloaded
by clicking on links below:
Spring Flower Walks & Bird Walks (word format) <-- click here
Spring Flower Walks & Bird Walks (pdf format) <-- click here

NOTE: Reservations for dining in Elkhart are recommended. Call The Wild Hare Café in Horsefeathers (217) 947-2100, or Talk of the Town Restaurant (217) 947-2770. If lunch option is picked, reservations will be made for you


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



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P O Box 255, Elkhart, IL  62634


Dear Members & Friends,

       Our membership continues to be a blessing to us, and allows us to help protect things of value to the community.  We regularly participate in Elkhart events as we consider it an important part of being a part of this wonderful village.   Your membership dues and contributions are vital to our efforts. Simply stated, we couldn’t do much without your support.   If you have never been a member, please consider joining, and receiving a free calendar.  If you don’t want to be a member, please consider buying a calendar and receiving a free membership.  We also would welcome help in our research and development area for future dinner lectures and calendars, and would also welcome anyone willing to serve on our board.  Please call 217 947 2238.  We wish you and your families a joyous New Year filled with happiness!

  Bev & Bob Albert           Anne & Mike Morris         Steve & Kathy Thornton         Ann Anderson            Gillette Ransom 

             Annual Report 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

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