History

Exhibit Celebrates Elmhurst History

Interactive map table lets Elmhurst History Museum visitors view the city’s growth through the decades

Interactive map table lets Elmhurst History Museum visitors view the city’s growth through the decades

Museums get a lot of attention when they debut a new exhibit, but there are also permanent exhibits at local museums across the region. Visitors often overlook the long term exhibits. First Light host Brian O’Keefe stopped by the Elmhurst History Museum this week and found a pretty amazing exhibit

The Elmhurst History Museum’s “By All Accounts” exhibit goes from the city’s earliest settlers to modern day DuPage County

The Elmhurst History Museum’s “By All Accounts” exhibit goes from the city’s earliest settlers to modern day DuPage County

Local Historian Dives Into Capra Classic

Historian Leslie Goddard brings her It’s A Wonderful Life presentation to the Benesenville Public Library Sunday 12/16

Historian Leslie Goddard brings her It’s A Wonderful Life presentation to the Benesenville Public Library Sunday 12/16

Throughout the year, you might find Darien based historian Leslie Goddard portraying Eleanor Rooosevelt, Amelia Earhart, or Louisa May Alcott at local libraries or historical societies. For the Christmas season, Goddard developed a different presentation. Instead of focusing on a woman in history; she took a deep dive into a holiday tradition, the movie ‘It’s A Wonderful Life.’ First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with Goddard and she reminded him the movie wasn’t always so universally loved.

Remembering Chicago's Forgotten History

Author and Historian Richard Lindberg spoke recently at the Naper Settlement, Naperville’s history park

Author and Historian Richard Lindberg spoke recently at the Naper Settlement, Naperville’s history park

In any discussion of history, there are common themes that emerge. Whether it’s the global events preceding World War I, or stories of the Boston Tea-Party in an American History class. Maybe more interesting than those frequently shared historical events are the little known sometimes forgotten stories from our collective past. That’s the ground Richard Linberg hopes to cover with his upcoming book “Tales of Forgotten Chicago.” First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked about the project with Lindberg.

The Story of Repurposed Buildings in Chicago

Longtime readers of the Naperville Sun may remember the name Joni Hirsch-Blackman. She wrote a regular column in the paper…and later for the Daily Herald. Those columns helped to shape Hirsh-Blackman’s new book “This Used To Be Chicago.” First Light host Brian O'Keefe sat down with the author to talk about the book

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