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:

architectural-studies-by-rebecca-hunter Local author and historian Rebecca Hunter has extensively researched structures and compiled studies on the unique architecture of Elgin. These studies cover Sears and other kit homes, the use of ornamental concrete blocks in...
hispanic-heritage-month-2013 In 2013, the 4th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration coincided with Gail Borden Public Library's celebration of The Big Read. During The Big Read, many community and library activities centered on the themes found...

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