Ela Township History Day and Antique & Artisan Market

 September 4th, 2022 | 10 am to 4 pm

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If you buy your tickets before 9/4 you will receive 1 raffle ticket to our special "early-bird" Ela Historical Society raffle basket! More raffles and tickets available for purchase soon!


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. We are proud to offer a historically centered, family-friendly, event in Ela and Lions Park in downtown Lake Zurich.

This event will feature:

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.

     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. 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 are currently inviting vendors to participate in Antiques & Artisan Market, which will be set up in the parking lot adjacent to the Ela History Museum. We have a limited amount of vendor spaces available (25) which measure 10x20 feet. The cost is one $35 donation for one space. We are hoping to attract an equal amount of antique sellers and local artisans. 

If interested, please contact Elizabeth Bremner at [email protected]. 


After pre-approval, please click on the donation button below to make your 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.