St. John the Baptist Chapel
Saturday December 3, 2016 

Please call for reservations  217 947 2238  starting November 7th
Be sure to state your name, number in party, time of service you prefer, and your phone number;
we will call back to confirm.  One check for everything, including tickets, membership and meal options,
made payable to the Elkhart Historical Society.  Mail promptly as seats cannot be held without payment.


17 Apr., 2016 PRESS RELEASE:  <-- click here

3 May, 2016 New HeraldNews:  Elkhart Historical Society presents "What the Well Dressed Mother Wore in the 1800s

"25 Apr., 2016 LDN:
  Bring mom to a special Mother’s Day lunch and lecture on May 7th

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15 Apr., 2016 LincolnDailyNews:  Elkhart April Flower and Bird walks wrap up on the 30th

      The Elkhart Historical Society announces its GRAND FINALE of the April flower and bird season.  On Saturday April 30, two walks will be offered  (6 a.m. and 4 p.m.) accompanied by three expert birders,  Dr. Lara Borgerson,  Joe Funk, and Rhetta Jack, who last year helped to identify  more than 60 varieties of birds.   At 10 a.m.,  a combination bird and flower walk will take place, allowing people to not only see the birds, but also the final days of the ephemeral spring flowers.  
       Upon returning to the village, a luncheon presentation on Illinois birds, entitled “Mythbusting and Trash Talk”, will be provided by University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist Dr. Pam Moriearty.   As human activity has changed the Illinois landscape over the last 200 years, many native bird species have been affected. 

         However, the story is not a simple one, and Moriearty will follow the fate of a number of familiar species, some in steep decline and others thriving.  What causes such differences in outcome, and what can we do to help our birds to prosper?   Moriearty looks at results of long term studies by the Illinois Natural History Survey to give us insights into these avian success stories.  Also, she notes, “A lot of humans are orderly creatures of habit, just as are many bird species.  It turns out that being flexible and a little laid back is good for our health and actually can be a big help to the birds, too.”

                   Virginia Blue Belles                                               Rare White Blue Belles 

  The Elkhart Historical Society is “Going Wild” in April ... Each Saturday in April & early May - 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 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 10 am which will combine  birds, wildflowers and lunch, at the Wildhare Cafe. 

Specially-constructed wagon for flower tours

Arlen, Nancy, Maizie Peebles
Trillium medicinal plant
Annual Report Of the Elkhart Historical Society <-- click here