Welcome to the Elgin Area Memories page. We hope that you will explore our many interesting items such as the historic WatchWord magazines, videos from our local veterans, photos of a devastating tornado in 1920 and postcards from another era.  

The Gail Borden Public Library archives, the Elgin History Museum and local organizations and partners have contributed to build this local history page.  Our collections are always expanding, so please check back often and enjoy these Elgin Area Memories

Included Collections:

views-of-old-elgin Carlos H. Smith, Elgin photographer, donated three photograph albums to the Gail Borden Public Library in 1915. The albums are entitled "Views of Old Elgin" and many photos were taken during  the 1860s and...
elgin-police The Elgin Police Department has compiled a commemorative history book that traces the history of the Elgin Police Department from its modest beginnings in 1836 to 1994. It includes photographs of important events and...

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