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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 -- November 2015


tin bread box"On what day does your mother bake bread?" This question and many others on this topic are part of an observation writing assignment found in the textbook "Steps in English, Book One," copyrighted in 1903. Once used at Bartlett School by the pupils of teacher Elvina Brandt, the book is now in the collection of the Bartlett History Museum.

When the museum visits school classrooms today, this book is part of the presentation and students now verbally answer the questions. "Tell everything your mother does with the yeast and flour until she sets the dough in the pans to rise?" A hundred years ago this would have been a simple assignment. But today's students can't even begin to discuss all the wondrous attributes of yeast! A good lesson on how Bartlett life has changed.

open tin bread box

November 17 is Homemade Bread Day. A perfect time to rediscover the simple joy and tastiness of bread making. Was Elvina Brandt a bread maker? We don't know for sure, but her bread box is also part of the museum's collection and was donated by Thomas J. Perkins.

Measuring 17 inches long x 12 inches deep x 10 inches high, the tin box, with handles on each side, was manufactured by the Empeco Metal Package Corporation of New York and dates to the 1940s. In the back of the box is a circle of ventilation holes which allows the fresh baked smell to fill the room.







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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