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 information on raffle tickets and purchasing options coming 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
  • A vintage and artisan market
  • A Civil War reenactment camp
  • 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. Dress-up and costumes are encouraged and welcome for our day of Ela township historical commemoration.

   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.