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Two-year-old Alex Lupo stretches to press the button turning on old television commercials at the Elmhurst Historical Museum's Sweet Home Chicago candy. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune)

Exhibit unwraps Chicago’s role as candy capital

An exhibit chronicling the history of candy in Chicagoland doesn’t sugarcoat the ups and downs of the industry’s history. “It wasn’t ‘Willy Wonka.’ It wasn’t … Read more ›

Historian and author Leslie Goddard shares Chicago candy history on May 17th at Elmhurst Historical Museum.
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Chicago’s Sweet Candy History unfolds during “It’s History” lecture on May 17

For most of its history, the Chicago area produced an astonishing one-third of all candy made in the U.S. What made Chicago such a sweet … Read more ›

Penny candy stores in the 1960s offered too many choices for Chicago area kids.
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Sweet Home Chicago exhibit unwraps Chicago's candy-making history

Chicago has been called America's candy capital since the late 1800s, and for much of its history, a third of all candies made in the … Read more ›

Dr. Kunso Kim will share a history of elm trees at the Elmhurst Historical Museum on April 19.
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Morton Arboretum expert explores the history of elm trees on April 19

The mighty elm was the long-standing shade provider of choice in tree-lined communities throughout the Midwest until Dutch elm disease struck in the 1960s. American … Read more ›

The annual Ruth Strand Poster contest welcomes entries from Elmhurst second and third grade students.
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Young Elmhurst historians encouraged to participate in the 2012 Ruth Strand Poster Contest

The Elmhurst Heritage Foundation and the Elmhurst Historical Museum invite aspiring young historians to participate in the 2012 Ruth Strand Poster Contest. Children in second … Read more ›

Chris Sturdevan of the Cold War Museum's Midwest Chapter will speak at Elmhurst Historical Museum on March 15.
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Final Cold War Program at Elmhurst Historical Museum on March 15

The Elmhurst Historical Museum presents its final program on Cold War history on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, … Read more ›

Construction workers on Lower Wacker Drive were surprised in February by what they found in an abandoned Civil Defense  fallout shelter.
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From Lower Wacker Drive construction site to Elmhurst Historical Museum exhibit

Construction workers on Lower Wacker Drive in Chicago were surprised in February when they came upon an unexpected find during their work day. In the … Read more ›

From the community

A Constitutional Anniversary From A Time Traveller

—Then and Now… The Constitution of the United States was signed in agreement, two hundred and twenty-five years ago, on September 17, 1787, at the … Read more ›

An "ABC" educational game, from the exhibit, "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965" at the Elmhurst Historical Museum. (Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune)

‘Alert Today’ debut in Elmhurst returns to a not-so-distant time of Cold War

The Cold War is fading from memory for many Americans. It reached its pinnacle, after all, in the 1950s and ’60s. And for young people, … Read more ›

Professor Ron Falzone will moderate the film discussion at the Elmhurst Public Library on February 15.
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View the history of the Cold War through film on February 15

During the Cold War era following World War II, every medium was a vehicle for a barrage of frightening messages that fueled fears of atomic … Read more ›