In 2008, the Gail Borden Public Library hosted "The Tapestry of Freedom" community project. Community members were asked what freedom means to them and the results were compiled into this video:
Originating in France during the 1920's,the Art Deco movement became popular across the United States. A collaboration between the Elgin Area Historical Society and the Chicago Art Deco Society results in this fascinating video production exploring the Art Deco movement in Elgin and beyond. Be sure to visit the Elgin Area History Museum to see more examples from Elgin's Art Deco heritage.
From Basic Training to serving overseas, Elgin veterans share their first-hand experiences serving their county.
In 1862, 110 former slaves left the south by train to start the first black community in Elgin. Learn the history of these first settlers and see how their journey led to their views of freedom, slavery, discrimination, and hope for the future.
E.C. "Mike" Alft shares his experiences of growing up in the Great Depression and moving around before making Elgin his home town in 1950. Since retiring as a high school economics teacher, Mr Alft has dedicated himself to preserving the history of our community.