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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 -- May 2015

As the planting season begins, the museum features this artifact: a Cyclone seed sower.

"Keep cogs and bearings well oiled," was a tip on the label of this seed sower. Manufactured in 1955 by the Cyclone Seeder Company of Urbana, Indiana, this sower was used for broadcast seeding. This was a technique used for grains and forage crops, such as timothy, clover and alfalfa.

A person would walk and briskly turn the crank to disperse the seeds. "Based on a moderate walking gait," for clover "mark 2 rows, 8 pints per acre, 18 feet wide," the directions stated.

This seeder was considered one of the best on the market. Among its chief features was a slant feed board, which kept the hopper properly filled; an automatic feed adjustment, which stopped or started the flow instantly; oscillating feed agitator, a positive force feed which didn't clog; a patent distributing wheel, full regulation size, without soldered joints, which always scattered the seed instantly; triple, adjustable gears; and a large hopper, which was easy to handle.





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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