Glencoe Historical Society offers two next history exhibits
Pedestrians walk past the new store front location of the Glencoe Historical Society. Right next door is the Eklund History Center.
Updated: July 2, 2012 8:33AM
May 24th marks the opening of two new exhibits at the Eklund History Center, 375 and 377 Park Ave.
“School Days in Glencoe” exhibit looks at the development of Glencoe’s four schools (Central, South, North and West). The second exhibit, “Images of Glencoe,” is the return of the award-winning interactive photo montage.
“School Days in Glencoe” features information, report cards and school furniture (antique desks) from various eras, a model of South School with its artistic cupola, school texts and learning materials, including the famous – or infamous – Dick and Jane primers. Children can see photos of the various schools Glencoe used prior to the building of what is now called Central School, which when it was originally built was just plain “Glencoe School.” An upcoming visit of Glencoe second graders is integral with this exhibit, as historical society President Karen Ettelson had visited South School and worked with the students in learning about museums and the creation of exhibits.
“Images of Glencoe” uses a computerized grid, allowing visitors to click on the icon of a picture on the wall and find, on the computer screen, information about the photo – who the person is, what he/she did that made them important to Glencoe history and where the photo was taken. The exhibit, which was originally shown in 2009, was honored by the Illinois Association of Museums for its creativity and use of technology.
Both exhibits will be open on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Admission is free. Call 847-835-0040 for more information or to make an appointment.