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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 -- February 2016

circa 1935 valentine that belonged to Bartlett teacher Elvina Ness Brandt

Valentine's Day, February 14, has been set aside to remember the people you love with cards, flowers and gifts from the heart.

This circa 1935 Valentine was given to Bartlett School teacher Elvina Ness Brandt by one of her students. The accordion the troubadour is playing is a honeycomb that opens for a 3D effect.

The exchanging of Valentines, especially in the school setting, provides an opportunity to express a secret crush or liking for a fellow classmate. The Bartlett History Museum has a small but wonderful collection of Valentines, including cards that belonged to Amelia Krumfuss Wendler, who married fellow student George Wendler, and teacher Elvina Brandt, who married Bartlett resident Harvey Brandt.

 

 

 

 

 

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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