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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 


     On Friday, September 22, 2023, the Elkhart Historical Society will welcome Carol Pelz and David Davis from the Oglesby Mansion Board in Decatur as our featured speakers for the September Dinner Lecture. They will present "The Other House that Richard Built: Oglesby's Decatur Mansion." The talk will include the history of the house and Oglesby's family, the restoration of the house, Oglesby's place in American history, and the tours and activities that the group offers to the public.

     As President of the board, Pelz enjoys sharing her knowledge of the Oglesby and Lincoln history to children as well as adults, many of whom have no idea of the extent of that friendship. Davis, who serves on the property committee, also chairs the "History Comes Alive" committee, and is very involved finding speakers and getting people excited about our Oglesby history, which, as you will discover, goes well beyond "local."

     Richard J. Oglesby, born in 1824, orphaned at age 9, was raised by an uncle in Decatur, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1845.  Everything else about Oglesby reads like a novel. He served his country politically in many venues and defended his country in many locations. He had a large family, and he had connections! This event is going to enlighten or refresh your knowledge about the Oglesby/Lincoln era and make you glad that you came, and perhaps happy to be in Illinois!

     The event will take place at Horsefeather's Wild Hare Cafe, 104 Gov. Oglesby St., Elkhart, IL 62634, at a cost of $45 per person. The entrees are: Crusted Breast of Chicken topped with Alfredo sauce or Pork Medallions in a wine & mushroom sauce. Please go to www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org for the complete menu and reservation form.

     Reservations are required and must be made by calling 217-947-2238 before September 11, 2023. Once confirmed, download the reservation form, fill it out, and mail it with your check to the Elkhart Historical Society, PO Box 255, Elkhart, IL 62634. Please note seats can only be held 5 business days without payment. A parking lot is available one block east of the event. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner service begins promptly at 5:30 p.m.

<Click above for REGISTRATION FORM>  

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


2023   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.

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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