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The Elkhart Historical Society is delighted to announce an additional service:


    Christmas Sunday Matinee service at the historic St. John Chapel on Elkhart Hill, Dec. 4, 2022 - 2 pm


    The Elkhart Historical Society is pleased to announce the addition of a Sunday Matinee to its Christmas Candlelight series of services.  The service will be on Sunday December 4,  2022 at 2p at the Gillett Chapel on the Hill.  The four services  scheduled for Saturday 12/3/22, filled so rapidly, (less than 20 seats are still available for the 8p service), that the decision was made to offer one additional service the next day.  The price for concert is $15 per person. Due to its popularity, we expect this service to fill rapidly.   To reserve your seat please call 217 947 2238 between 8a-7p  until  December 1.  Once confirmed please send your check and a self addressed stamped envelope so that your tickets can be mailed to you, or you can arrange to pick up your tickets at the Country Bumpkin, in the village.

     The matinee will offer Marcy Brooks on the organ, Jean Tweet on violin, Ken Reese on guitar, Rachel and Isabell Hall on vocals, and Celista Reese creating an original drawing of the Nativity, which will be offered by silent auction bid at the end of the service.

     An optional lunch, prior to the service is available at Horsefeather's Wild Hare Cafe, for $25,  between 11:00a  -12:30p, by making a reservation when you call. The luncheon special includes:  Roast Pork, herbed mashed potatoes, green beans, apple crisp, drink and tax.  See reservation form for complete menu and prices, and mailing instructions.


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http://www.wildharecafe-elk-il.com            Wildhare Cafe - Elkhart IL                Horsefeathers             

 http://www.Thecountrybumpkin1.com                the Country Bumpkin            Birdsong Books & Vintage


Note:  each membership comes with a free copy of our
             2023 18-month calendar celebrating 35 years
             of the Elkhart Historical Society & their
             contributions to Elkhart. 

                         Elkhart Photos   
    Peter Scully (deceased) & daughter with Paul Beaver (deceased)
Michael Scully's (now deceased) Oral History at Lincoln Presidential Library
2023 Elkhart Historical Society Calendar              


       The Elkhart Historical Society was founded in 1988, and has been active ever since.  As part of the on going celebration of our village, the society produces a calendar every year.  The 2023 calendar, which marks our 33rd year, will be a continuation of our 2022 calendar. It will feature past events that the Historical Society was involved in as well as some of our most recent milestones in Elkhart.

       All new and renewing members receive a free calendar, and dues remain the same; $20 for senior individuals or families and $25 for regular singles or families.  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 receive a free calendar.  If you prefer not to be a member, please consider purchasing a calendar and support us in that way.  Calendars can be purchased at The Country Bumpkin, located at 103 Governor Oglesby St.

       We will continue to produce programs and dinner lectures, history tours,  wildflower and bird walks and more, which we don't want you to miss.  The best way to stay informed is by being a member, so that you receive emails of up coming events, or by checking our website.  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 important to take an active  roll in this wonderful village.  

       We also would welcome help in our research and development area for future dinner lectures and calendars.  If you would like to be on our emailing list,  you may send your email address or your postal address to the address below:


Elkhart Historical Society

P.O. Box 255

Elkhart, IL   62634


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


2022      2021      2020       2019         2018        2017        2016         2015           2014           2013         2012

As portrayed by
Joe Woodard, lawyer
Abraham Lincoln
rides down the
historic Edwards Trace
on Elkhart Hill

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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.

P O Box 255, Elkhart, IL  62634

Elkhart Historical Society


Elkhart Historical Society State of the Society 2022


As the last bits of summer fade, and the sweatshirts and long pants reappear in the seasonal clothing cycle, the realization that the holidays are coming hit some of us like a crashing cymbal.  Yikes - - so soon - - too soon - - whoosh and its over - - - What just happened?  You are just in time to plan on this being a wonderful Holiday, and what better way than to kick it off with the Christmas Candlelight Service at the Chapel on Elkhart Hill on sat., December 3, 2022.  


 The mail in form for the chapel services is included, and additional ones can be downloaded from our website.    www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org

We look forward to seeing you at the Candlelight Services on Saturday December 3, 2022. The times will be 2p, 4p, 5:30p and 8p.  To make reservations, call 217 947 2238
 - -  STARTING Thursday, November 3rd
(between 8a and 7p).  Be sure to leave your name (please spell), the number in your party, your phone number, and the service you wish to attend.

These reservations will be honored in the order received, so please leave the information so you save your place in line.  We will call you back to confirm your seats, and then you should promptly mail your check to the Elkhart Historical Society PO Box 255 Elkhart, IL 62634

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It is also time to renew memberships for 2023, and by doing so your financial support helps us to continue the excellent programs we have always offered.  This year the senior level dues for individual or family is $20, and regular individual or family membership is $25. 

We would like you to remember our beloved Elkhart Historical Society board member and long-time Logan County business man, Bob Albert, who proudly held many community services memberships, including ours.  Bob passed away on October 15, 2022.

 The Elkhart Historical Society Board wishes you a joyous, happy, and healthy Christmas and peaceful and productive New Year. We are excited about the possibilities for 2023 and hope that you are as well - - Blessings!! 


                Bev Albert           Gillette Ransom

Ken Lazar                Jamie Hobson               
 Court Conn             Karen Conn

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:          Elkhart Historical Society elkhart.hist.soc@gmail.com
          Rob Wilson:     

Village of Elkhart:   https://www.elkhartillinois.com

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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