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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.

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Artifact of the Month -- April 2014

folded plastic rain bonnetIt is said that April showers bring May flowers and what stylish lady doesn’t want to keep her hairdo protected from the spring rain.

Former Bartlett resident Fern Van Alstine Hill ran for Village clerk in 1973. One hundred dollars was donated to her election fund. She used the money to advertise in the Elgin Daily-Courier and to purchase and personalize rain bonnets, which she used as campaign handouts.

Though Hill was unsuccessful in her bid, one of her rain bonnets was saved by Bartlett resident Shirley Whitmer, who recently donated it to the Bartlett History Museum. Hill also saved a bonnet and continues to use it today.



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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