THANKS to our friends from LLABB- they did our bird banding yesterday. No guests this year due to COVID. It was an EPIC day, lots of amazing, beautiful birds, good (socially distanced) conversation with friends. This crew was amazing--I was exhausted at days end and all I did was take pictures! I will post photos of the birds after I get my planting done!

       This tally from Prof. Tony: We ended up banding 52 birds of 25 species ... an excellent day! We also had 2 recaptures of birds banded last year.

       HOPE to see you all here, next year!
p.s. most of the birds are quite calm and like to pose. Prof Tony's a tuff guy!         

feeling thankful with Gillette Ransom, Grace Norris, Tony Rothering, Vern Maas and Samantha Reif.


     The Elkhart Historical Society’s April “Wild Weekends” Wildflower and Bird walks on Elkhart Hill can now be reserved as a kick off for all of your spring activities.  From the earliest flowers to emerge to the finale of the bluebells the spring flower walks have a lot to offer.  Various native American and folklore stories are part of these walks.  Scheduled walks at 10a and 2p every Saturday in April can include lunch, if desired.  Private walks for groups of 10 or more can be arranged for any Wed., Thurs., Fri., by reservation. 

       We are delighted to again have Tony Rothering, biology professor from LLCC and his assistants, to help in the 2nd annual catch-band and release program of birds that are migrating through or living in the Elkhart Hill woodlands.  Last year, the event resulted in the banding and release of 118 birds representing 42 species. Our final Saturday, April 25, will include sighting of birds and a stop at the banding station as a part of our final day of the wildflower and bird walk event.

Event choices
(Flower Walks / Bird Walks / Lunch Options)
can be found here
--> (EVENTS &/or LUNCH)

Please call 217 947 2238 to finalize your reservations.

C A N C E L L E D !!


     The Elkhart Historical Society is celebrating the Irish -- Sunday March 22 by offering the traditional Corned Beef and cabbage dinner between 11a and 1p at Horsefeather’s Wild Hare Café, followed by Irish, Celtic and Appalachian music at the Gillett Chapel on the Hill.  The cost of this Irish package is $25 per person and can be reserved by calling 217 947 2238.

    This marks the third year Joe Readnour has brought his superb talents to Elkhart.  His musical skills are well known in the area having played with the St. Andrew-Springfield Pipe Band for 10 years.  Not only well versed in the music, Joe also shares his knowledge of the many instruments and songs he brings to us.       

Annual Report Of the Elkhart Historical Society <-- click here