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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 -- September 2014

The idea of calling cards may have long passed, but in their day, these cards were elaborately ornamented and the style, design, color border and the fold of the corners of a card carried a message to the person receiving them. If the top left corner was folded, it meant the visitor came calling in person. An unfolded left corner meant that they sent a servant. A folded bottom left corner signified a farewell. Having the top right corner folded meant a congratulations and a folded bottom right corner expressed condolences.

These two calling cards are from the Heine Family. It is clear that Henry Heine (1878-1926) "called on" Carrie Harz Heine (1879-1970) with serous intentions; the couple married in October 1902 in Cook County.

The Heine family, including daughter Laura, moved to Bartlett in the early 1900s. Henry was a carpenter and farmer while Carrie was a stay at home wife who was active at Immanuel United Church of Christ. Carrie and Henry are both buried in Bartlett Cemetery.


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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