History Day and Antique & Artisan Market

 September 17th, 2023 | 10 am to 4 pm


This is a free, family friendly living history event, raffle and silent auction! 

This year we are featuring....

General schedule of events

History Day 2022 pictures



* History Day *

Ela Township has a rich and diverse historical story to tell and celebrate dating back to the 1830s. Come listen and experience a flashback in time during our first annual, Ela Township History Day festival. Bring the family to learn about the founding pioneers of our area and the industries they began. Venture into the Civil War reenactment camp and learn about the life of a Union soldier and about the many residents of Ela Township who served in the Civil War. Hear about Seth Paine's vision for our area by our special-guest author. Dress-up and costumes are encouraged and welcome for our day of Ela township historical commemoration. There will be some free games and treats for kids.

A visit to the museum with local history experts; An antique and artisan market; Civil War reenactment camps and demonstrations; Various special guests and speakers on local history and industry; Storytelling with drum circle music and singing from a local Potawatomi Native American group

Bring a picnic, blanket/chairs or buy food and drinks from The Lake Zurich Lions club or any of our market vendors.


* * * Volunteers Needed * * *

This is a grassroots production and we graciously ask for any volunteers to help run the event to please fill this short survey out and we will contact you. Ages twelve and up with parent can help volunteer and we appreciate your consideration.

 Volunteer Sign-Up coming soon! 

As a registered 501-c3, your donations are tax-deductible.


* History Day Vendors *

We have invited vendors to participate in Antiques & Artisan Market, which will be set up in the parking lot adjacent to the Ela History Museum. We are planned to attract an equal amount of antique sellers and local artisans. If you have questions about vendors, please contact Elizabeth Bremner at [email protected].



   Ela Historical Museum is open to the public on Saturdays from 12 to 3 pm, or visits may be arranged by appointment. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. To contact Ela Historical Society for scheduling a visit or for other matters, call 847-438-2086 or e-mail [email protected]. Visit our website at elahistoricalsociety.com, and check out Ela Historical Society on Facebook.