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Welcome to the Village of Bartlett Museums; the Bartlett History Museum and the Bartlett Depot Museum. Both museums are operated and funded by the Village of Bartlett, Illinois and are committed to the exhibition and education of our community's rich history.

We invite you to visit our museums and participate in the many events each offers. Please click on the links to learn more about each.


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Artifact of the Month -- August 2014

One weekend in August, each year from 1938 to 1969, Bartlett Park filled up with thousands of people who came to enjoy the Firemen's Festival. The Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department put on this festival as a fundraiser for the fire department with proceeds going towards uniforms, supplies, and equipment. Firemen's Festival flyer from 1969

This hat, recently donated to the museum, belonged to Bill Tiknis, who served on the Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department for 14 years. Here he is (circled) wearing the hat in the 1969 double spread festival ad.

The Tiknis family moved to Bartlett in 1956. Tiknis quickly became active in many community organizations and local government.


Museum Donations

picture of potato race ribbon from 1914

Ever wonder how the Bartlett History Museum acquires all of the artifacts, images, textiles and more for its collection? These items come from past and present residents, family descendants, and generous individuals who donate them. The Museum is always seeking objects and photos that capture a moment in Bartlett's rich past. The archives contains hundreds of items, ranging in size from a button off the first Bartlett Girl Scout uniform to a six-foot nail bin from the old Schultz Hardware. Do you have Bartlett items you would like to donate to the Museum's archives? Please contact Pam Rohleder, Director, at 630-837-0800.


The museums are members of the American Association of Museums, Association of State and Local History, Illinois Association of Museums, and the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association.

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