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Reflections: Elgin Flowing Through Time, The 1920s – 1970s
Reflections is a community-wide celebration featuring the mid-20th century’s vibrant years of art, music, dance, film, history, literature, theater, sports, architecture, and city infrastructure. Events happening at the library, throughout the City, museums, schools, churches, art galleries, community college, home care facilities, parks and downtown street corners take place from  March 1 to August 1. Partners to date include:

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please contact Miriam Lytle at 847-608-5027 or mlytle@gailborden.info.

 

 

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Each One, Reach One: Fireside Interviews About the 1960s and 1970s Civil Rights Movement in Elgin

Saturday, June 27    1:30 pm      River Room   Gail Borden Library
Journalist and Image Consultant Betty Brown interviewed by grandson Marcus Brown
Elgin Historian Ernie Broadnax interviewed by grandson Evan Broadnax

In the midst of national efforts to seek racial and economic justice, leaders were creating change right here in Elgin. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, prominent Elgin leaders/ role models will be interviewed by their children, grandchildren, or friends. Share in this personal view of the Civil Rights Movement.  Other interviewees may also be included.

4th of July Parade

Saturday, July 4    9:00 am      Downtown Elgin/Northeast Neighborhood

The 4th of July Parade, co-sponsored by the Downtown Neighborhood Association, is an annual tradition that 15, 000 participants and spectators enjoy. Last year the parade consisted of 99 units, 20 floats, and thousands of walkers. This year the theme is American Pastimes. For more information, please visit www.downtownelgin.com. Free.

Concerts in the Park

Tuesdays in June and July   7:00 pm     Wing Park Band Shell

Would you enjoy a night out with your family and friends with some live music? Then join us for our annual Concerts in the Park series. Refreshments and popcorn are sold by local not-for-profit groups. Don't forget your dancing shoes! For more information please visit www.cityofelgin.org. Free.

Tuesday July 7   - Denny Diamond/The Diamond Trio Band
The Diamond Trio Band is a tribute to the music of Neil Diamond. The trio's performance is not based on sparkly shirts or concert versions of songs, but rather Neil's words and music. The songs that make up the set-list are not just those songs that charted in the top 100, but encompass Neil Diamond's vast library of work.

To Kill a Mockingbird   Book Discussion

Thursday, July 9    7:00-8:30 pm      South Elgin Room   Gail Borden Library

The 4th of July Parade, co-sponsored by the Downtown Neighborhood Association, is an annual tradition that 15, 000 participants and spectators enjoy. Last year the parade consisted of 99 units, 20 floats, and thousands of walkers. This year the theme is American Pastimes. For more information, please visit www.downtownelgin.com. Free.

Hispanic History of Elgin

Wednesday July 15    11:30 am-2:00 pm    Senior Services   101 S. Grove Ave   Elgin, IL

How and when did Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Latin Americans arrive in Elgin? What do you know of Elgin's Latino history? Come and relive the memories of Elgin's early Latino residents, and share some of your own. You will also have an opportunity to get your picture taken to be part of the digital archive, Elgin Area Memories. Enjoy folkloric dance by Senior Services own Latino group. Invite your friends and family and bring any memorabilia - pictures of family, friends, or Elgin, newspaper clippings, restaurant menus - you would like to share.

Historia Hispana de Elgin

Miércoles, 15 de julio   11:30 am-2:00 pm    Senior Services   101 S. Grove Ave   Elgin, IL

¿Cómo y cuándo es que los mexicanos, puertorriqueños, cubanos y otras nacionalidades de latinoamericanos llegaron a Elgin? ¿Qué conocen de la historia de los hispanos en Elgin? Vengan a revivir los recuerdos de los descendientes de los primeros residentes hispanos de Elgin, y a compartir un poco de los suyos. También tendrán la oportunidad de tomarse fotografías que serán incorporadas al sitio histórico, Elgin Area Memorias. Luego disfruten de baile folclórico por el grupo de Senior Services. ¡Inviten a sus familias y traigan memorabilia - fotos de familiares, amigos y/o Elgin, recortes de periódicos, menús de restaurantes, ect. - que les gustaría compartir!

An Evening with Revolver: How the Beatles Re-Imagined Rock 'N' Roll in the Studio 1967-1970

Wednesday July 15    7:00-8:30 pm    Elgin Room   Gail Borden Library

Join Award-winning Beatles scholar and author Robert Rodriguez as he explains how The Beatles broadened their artistry into uncharted waters by using the studio as a tool to achieve sounds heretofore only heard inside their own heads. Performance and promo clips, rare photos and unreleased audio of the group at work, showcase their success just before the split. Please register.

Classic Cinema Series

Come experience the joy of watching and discussing unique motion pictures of the 1930s- 1970s. Phil Kelley will highlight the works of abundantly gifted auteur directors and acting icons. Discussion will follow each film.

Thursday  July 16   6:00-8:30 pm   Meadows Community Rooms A & B   Gail Borden Library
Show Boat  
1951
The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour.

Movies in the Park

Would you enjoy a movie under the stars with your friends and family?  Come out and enjoy our Movies in the Park! Prior to the movie, kids can enjoy activities based on the movie theme and train rides on the Elgin Express. Refreshments will be sold by local non-profit groups. Don't forget the blanket and bug spray! For more information please visit www.cityofelgin.org

Thursday  July 16    7:00 pm    Festival Park    Elgin, IL
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Candy Manufacturer Willy Wonka stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever finds these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory and a lifetime supply of candy. Come to the movie and find out who wins the contest and the key to his great factory!

Of Birds and Murder: The Life of Nathan Leopold

Saturday July 18   7:00-8:00 pm   Elgin Public Museum   Lords Park   Elgin, IL

This program examines the life of Nathan Leopold with an emphasis on his passion for birds. Leopold earned undying infamy, along with his partner Richard Loeb, by murdering 14 year old Bobby Franks in 1924. This murder case became known as the crime of the century and many novels, movies, and histories dealing with the crime have been created. Leopold was also a student of birds all of his life, making important contributions to ornithology. He developed a friendship with the president of the Elgin Audubon Society and agreed to donate most of his own collection to the Elgin Public Museum. This collection can be viewed during this program, which is presented by  Joel Greenberg.  No registration.

Music of the 1960s

Sunday  July 19    2:00-3:30 pm  Meadows Community Rooms A & B   Gail Borden Library

Join pianist David J. Nelson for a musical journey down memory lane as he performs music from the 1960s. David has performed with the Elgin Civic Symphony, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and the Elgin Choral Union.  Please register.

Concerts in the Park

Tuesdays in  July   7:00 pm     Wing Park Band Shell

Would you enjoy a night out with your family and friends with some live music? Then join us for our annual Concerts in the Park series. Refreshments and popcorn are sold by local not-for-profit groups. Don't forget your dancing shoes! For more information please visit www.cityofelgin.org. Free.

Tuesday July 21  - Barbershoppers
Enjoy one of Elgin's own a cappella groups, "Minutmen of Harmony". It won't take long to discover that they are regular guys with one thing in common - the love of singing in the barbershop style!

Savor the 60s

Thursday   July 23    7:00-8:30 pm  Elgin Room   Gail Borden Library

Take a fun and informative journey through an extraordinary decade. Authors Amy Alessio and Susan Miura will present highlights of the decade's local, national, and international culture, entertainment, fashion, politics, and science,  as well as discussing popular foods of the 1960s. Audience members will sample treats from that decade and receive a 1960s recipes packet.  Please register.

History of Lords Park Zoo, with Bison feeding

Saturday  July 25   7:00-8:30 am   Elgin Public Museum    Lords Park   Elgin, IL

Visit the Elgin Public Museum bright and early to learn about the fascinating history of our gem in the park - the Lords Park Zoo. Along with the history lesson, we will visit the pens of the elk and deer, and  help feed the bison!  There is a limit of 15 participants, so reserve your spot soon! Bison feeding is $ 2.00 per adult, $ 1.00 per child, and free for museum members. Call 847-741-6655 or email Francesca at Francesca_epm@cityofelgin.org.

Each One, Reach One: Fireside Interviews About the 1960s and 1970s Civil Rights Movement in Elgin

Sunday  July 26    1:30  pm  River Room   Gail Borden Library
Program host: Dr. Mae Hicks Jones
In the midst of national efforts to seek racial and economic justice, leaders were creating change right here in Elgin. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, prominent Elgin leaders/ role models will be interviewed by their children, grandchildren, or friends. Share in this personal view of the Civil Rights Movement.

Attorney Fred Steffen interviewed by granddaughter Abigail Steffen
Floyd Brown interviewed by granddaughter Taylor Brown
Gloria Hunter interviewed by sister Charlene Abdullah

Project 2-3-1

Tuesday   July 28   7:00-8:30 pm   Meadows Community Rooms   Gail Borden Library

2 box cars, 3 blocks, 1 city: A Story of Elgin's African-American Heritage
The Elgin Area Historical Society and Grindstone Productions in conjunction with Ernie Broadnax will show the documentary, Project 2-3-1. The film documents life in Elgin for the African American community from the 1860s with the arrival of the contraband during the Civil War, to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. What was it like to live in the pre-Civil Rights era? Have things changed? Discussion and commentary after the film is shown. Please register.

Art and Soul on the Fox

Saturday    August 1   11:00 am- 6:00 pm      Downtown Elgin   DuPage Ct
Sunday   August 2   11:00-am- 6:00 pm    Downtown Elgin   DuPage Ct

Visit and shop at over 70 booths depicting canvas, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and fiber arts! Art and Soul is co-sponsored by Art for All and includes musical entertainment and children's activities that are enjoyable for all ages. For more information about the entertainment lineup, event logisitics, parking, or activities, visit www.cityofelgin.org. Free

Each One, Reach One: Reception & 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Thursday  August 6   7:00 pm    River Room   Gail Borden Library
Program host: Joyce Fountain  - Professor at Elgin Community College

Perspective: David Johnston, Director of the Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence
"Policy, Planning and Politics: How Stories and Sharing Stories Support and Inform Inclusion"