Harvest has been completed as we write you this beautiful autumn day from Elkhart, and preparations for the coming Holiday Seasons are being made.  The Elkhart Historical Society will again offer the traditional Christmas Candlelight Service in the historic Gillett Chapel.  The date this year is Saturday, December 5, 2015, with afternoon & evening service times at 2, 4, 5:30, and 8.  Reservations for both the service and dining option must be made by calling (217) 947-2238.  A reservation form can be downloaded by clicking on the link above.

Annual Report Of the Elkhart Historical Society <-- click here

12 Oct., 2015 SJ-R:
2015 October Country Fair Reporting <-- click here

LDN: A Perfect Fall Day at the Elkhart Country Fair  <-- click here
 LDN: Slide Show  <-- click here
LDN: Car Show & Doggie Costume Parade  <-- click here
LDN:  A Visit to the Historic Elkhart Oglesby Cemetery Chapel  <-- click here

4 Sept., 2015 LDN:
  Village of Elkhart celebrates the completion of railroad work
5 Aug., 2015 LDN: Elkhart's Lizzie Ford Crowned Miss Logan County Fair 2015 and New Holland's Preslee Sherren, Little Miss
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    The Elkhart Historical Society announces the dinner/lecture, “The Life and Times of Logan County Mammals”, by Dr. Dennis Campbell, at 5:30 p.m., on Saturday June 6, 2015, at the WildHare Café in Elkhart.  Reservations should be made by calling 217 947 2238, and the dinner menu and order form can be downloaded here.<-- Res Form

    Dr. Campbell’s  talk will cover three major time periods from far gone eras when wooly mammoths and perhaps an occasional sabre tooth tiger roamed, to the 1800’s during Abraham Lincoln’s life, when not only wolves but an occasional timber rattlers could visit.  The final era is now and what still remains and may in fact be returning  to the wilds of Logan County.   

    Dr. Campbell, who has taught at Lincoln College for twenty-two years offering courses in both life and earth sciences, holds bachelor and master degrees from Texas Tech University and a doctorate in zoology from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.   He is also the director of the Creekside Center for Environmental Education, a new offering through Lincoln College’s Biology Department.

21 April, 2015 LDN: Elkhart Hill WildFlower Walk
LDN: Slide Show by Curt Fox

Specially-constructed wagon for flower tours

Arlen, Nancy, Maizie Peebles

Virginia Blue Belles

Rare White Blue Belles
Trillium medicinal plant

31 Mar., 2015 Lincoln Daily News:  Elkhart Celebrates Irish Heritage Days

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The Elkhart Historical Society is “Going Wild” in April. Each Saturday in April (including May 2) - by reservation - guided wild flower nature walks will be offered that share the beauty and variety of the ephemeral spring wild flowers on Elkhart Hill. The guides for the flower walks are Gillette Ransom and Susan Jeffers,  a team that has done a lot of research not only on the flowers but much of the folklore and medicinal uses in the past.  The finale on May 2, includes an 6:00 am or 4:00 pm bird walk, with Ornithologist Rhetta Jack, Lara Borgerson, and Joe Funk all superior birders with fascinating knowledge of the birds not only of Elkhart Hill but in many places around the world.  Come sharpen your skills or learn for the first time.  A walk will be given at 10am which will combine  birds, wildflowers and lunch, at the Wildhare Cafe. 

March 5, 2015 New Herald News: – The Elkhart Historical Society announces its March Dinner Lecture to be given on Saturday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m., featuring guest speaker Paul Beaver. The timely topic, “Where Would We Be Without the Irish” is in conjunction with a month-long “Celebration of Elkhart’s Irish Heritage.” Paul’s lecture will discuss the various reasons the Irish immigrated to America, the reception they received, and the impact they had on the areas they settled.  The dinner lecture, featuring a traditional corn beef and cabbage dinner or meat loaf and mashed potatoes will be offered.

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Paul J. Beaver

Lincoln College Professor Emeritus...former curator of Lincoln College Heritage Museum
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“From War’s Ashes to the Birth of Lincoln College”
Review posted 6 Feb., 2015 Lin. Daily News: Paul Beaver gives insight to the founding of Lincoln College

The Elkhart Historical Society, at Wild Hare Cafe in Elkhart on 31 Jan., held their first of its Dinner/Lecture Series for 2015, featuring popular speaker and historian Paul Beaver, Professor Emeritus at Lincoln College.

Professor Beaver presented “From War’s Ashes to the Birth of Lincoln College”, which gave insights on the founding of Lincoln University (now Lincoln College), which was the first and only institution named for 
Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime.
Below:  Some of Beaver's talking points ...

Paul J. Beaver

Lincoln College Professor Emeritus

  former curator of Lincoln College Heritage Museum

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