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:

tornado-of-1920 On March 28, 1920, Palm Sunday, a tornado ripped through Elgin just as many people were leaving church. In an era where a radio was still extremely rare and only one house in a block...
gail-borden-public-library-district By 1892, the citizens of Elgin were desperately seeking a building for the library which had existed for years in rented rooms in the downtown area. Samuel and Alfred Church, residents of Elgin and...

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