Ela Township History Day and Antique & Artisan Market

 September 4th, 2022 | 10 am to 4 pm

This is a free, family friendly event and raffle tickets will be the sold the day of for two dollars.

This is a free, family friendly event and raffle! .

Thanks to our sponsors for supporting this event!


* 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.


The schedule is as follows (printable here):

Emcee, Marty Jalove gives an introduction to History Day

“Seven Springs” Drum opening ceremony by All Nations Native Americans
Storytelling and artifact show and tell.
Lead singer and drum keeper is Gary Adamson
Members of the drum are:
Billy Bob Grahn
Rich Knodel
Skip Twardosz
Mackey Pomonicutt
Jeff Knodel
Mike Aber

Historical Society President, Ray Syverson gives an introduction on general
history and immigration to Ela Township as well as the early industries built here.

Author and historian, Nancy Schumm-Burgess to speak about local founder, Seth Paine
and her book on him titled, “The Anointed One.”

* Lunch Break *
Dulcimer music by the Dulcitones
Live soap making demonstration at booth #7

Local historian, Nancy Loomis Schroeder to speak about her family and local educators; Spencer Loomis,
May Whitney and Sarah Adams

Civil War expert, Chris Dosch representing the 114th Pennsylvania Company A (Collis Zouaves)
Combat Infantry, will give a demonstration and tour of life in a Civil War camp

Civil War experts representing the 1st Michigan Engineers Company E, a combat engineer
unit of the Union Army in the U.S. Civil War, give a demonstration

Mini Pow Wow with drum music, dancing and singing.
Two step and Round Dance with audience

Closing of the drum, traveling song and others

Antique & Artisan Market closes and History day concludes


Native American crafts kits for kids and adults are available for purchase.

Beaded children's necklace kit- $5

Beaded keychain kit - $2

Small leather pouch kit - $10


* * * 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! 

As a registered 501-c3, we can give tax-deductible receipts for your donations. 


* 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]


After pre-approval, please click on the donation button below to make your $35 Vendor Donation



   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.