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Bartlett History Museum
Mission Statement

The Bartlett History Museum collects, preserves and interprets Bartlett's rich heritage and shares it with the community through exhibitions, education and media in order to increase public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation.

Located in Village Hall
228 S. Main Street
Bartlett, Il. 60103
Admission: Free
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Pam Rohleder, Director

  Hours of Operation
  Mon - Fri: 8:30am to 4:30pm
  Saturday: 9:00am to Noon
  Sunday: Closed


Current Exhibitions

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In 1891, 18 years after Bartlett's establishment, eligible residents voted to incorporate as the Village of Bartlett. Under the leadership of Village President George Struckman and the Board of Trustees, a governmental direction began to shape the fledging community. Residents continued their influence through families, homes, worship, education, businesses and organizations.

Objects, tangible evidence of the community's efforts, bear witness and tell the stories of the endeavors and accomplishments. Experience 125 objects from the collection of the Bartlett History Museum and discover the people and actions that throughout Bartlett's history have formed the Village into the community it is today.





logo for the Bartlett History Museum's exhibit entitled "Groundbreaking"Groundbreaking, Can You Dig It?

The initial turn of dirt, a groundbreaking, is the act or ceremony for a new construction. In 1873, soil was turned for the very first time to build a train depot, which established the Village of Bartlett. For more than 140 years, groundbreakings for government buildings, businesses, places of worship, schools, homes and more have come to symbolize the growth and progress Bartlett has experienced.

The museum's collection of groundbreaking shovels is on exhibit in the council chamber hallway at Village Hall. Learn about the buildings that resulted from this ceremonious act.



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Group Visits/Tours

The Bartlett History Museum welcomes school, scout and other groups by appointment. Admission is FREE. Please call Director Pam Rohleder, 630-837-0800 to schedule a visit.



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