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:

picturesque-elgin-1908 "Messrs McGregor and Whitstruck, publishers of this volume, have sought to place before the public, in as attractive form as possible, the beauty and business of Elgin, Ill., as depicted by the camera. This...
good-shepherd-lutheran-church Good Shepherd Lutheran Church was formally organized in July 1939 when the near west side of Elgin began to be converted from farm fields to houses filled with people. The first church, now the...

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