Centennial Events

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Thursday, June 18, 4:30 pm
The Secret Garden
A best-seller in 1910, The Secret Garden continues to weave a magical spell. Roberts Marionettes blends the bunraku traditional Japanese style of puppetry with theatrical storytelling to bring the story to life.

June 19-December 31
Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham’s Vision of an American Metropolis
A photopanel exhibit curated by The Newberry Library about Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago. On display in the Hammond Room.

Thursday, August 6, 4:15 pm
Children’s Book Discussion*
Faraway Summer by Joanna Hurwitz.

Sunday, September 20, 2:00 pm
Glencoe Then & Now
Ellen Paseltiner and Scott Javore present this Glencoe Historical Society program on our village's fascinating past. Created as part of Glencoe's second grade curriculum, it has been reinterpreted for adults.

Sunday, October 18, 2:00 pm
Meet Me In St. Louis
Set in 1904, Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) is considered one of the best films of its genre. A star-filled classic for all ages.

October (date/time to be announced)
Children’s Book Discussion*
At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices by Louise Peacock.

Sunday, November 22, 2:00 pm
100 Years of Tin Pan Alley
Susan Benjamin presents an America’s Musical Theater Legends program on Irving Berlin, whose career took off in 1911 with “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.”

Sunday, December 6, 2:00 pm
Glencoe’s Distinctive Suburban History on Chicago’s North Shore, 1869-2009
Michael H. Ebner, emeritus history professor at Lake Forest College and author of Creating Chicago’s North Shore: A Suburban History, will discuss Glencoe’s history from its incorporation to the present, devoting particular attention to its people, values, built environment, institutions, and links to other suburbs.

December (date/time to be announced)
Children’s Book Discussion*
Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop. 

December/January (date/time to be announced)
Live Radio Program
In 1910, popular radio programming had just started. By the 1940s radio was in its heyday. Those Were the Days Radio Players will take you back in time with a staged radio program, complete with sound effects. Great family entertainment.

January 10, 2010, 3:00-5:00 pm
Birthday Party!
Now we are 100! All Glencoe residents are warmly invited to help us celebrate. Enjoy birthday cake, music, and an exhibit on our first century.

*Children’s Book Discussion Series

Many interesting events and changes took place 100 years ago, from increasing diversity in our country to the crusade for the rights of child workers. Travel back to 1910 through a book and learn a bit of American history along the way. While suggested grade levels are suggested, patrons of any age who can comfortably read and discuss these books are welcome to attend. Registration is required.

August 6, 4:15 pm
Faraway Summer by Joanna Hurwitz.
Dossi, a young Jewish immigrant from the tenements of New York, visits the countryside for the first time. Her stay at the Meade family’s farm is eye-opening and world-expanding for all involved. Learn about the Fresh Air Fund (a charitable organization that continues today), life in New York tenements, and the challenges and rewards of immigration. Written at a 4th-6th grade level. 155 pages.

October (date to be announced)
At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices by Louise Peacock.
The experiences of people coming to the United States are conveyed in the words of girl who immigrated around 1910, as well as in the observations of contemporary immigrants and visitors to Ellis Island. Written at a 3rd-5th grade level. 44 pages.

December (date to be announced)
Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop.
Inspired by a haunting photograph of a child worker in 1910, this book highlights the hard conditions under which people of all ages worked during the Industrial Revolution. Written at a 4th-6th grade level. 144 pages.