Preservation Month Events

The Wheaton Historic Commission organizes events celebrating Wheaton's history during Preservation Month in May. 

Home History Research Help

Dates: Saturday, April 28, 1-4 p.m.; Monday, April 30, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library

Learn how to research the history of your home with one-on-one instruction. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations for appointments are being taken at 630-868-7520 or askref@wheatonlibrary.org

Lecture: "Colonel Robert R. McCormick: The Colonel of Cantigny" 

Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N Cross Street 

This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cantigny, the first major U.S. offensive victory of WWI. The Battle of Cantigny was a defining moment in the life of local resident and iconic publisher of the Chicago Tribune, Colonel Robert R. McCormick. Jeffrey Anderson, Interpretation Manager at the Robert R. McCormick House located at Cantigny Park, will share insights into the Colonel’s military service and its lasting impact on his life and legacy. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at the library’s events page.

Honoring Wheaton’s Preservation Citizens

Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 7 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m.)
Location: Wheaton City Hall, 303 W Wesley Street

Presentation of the Wheaton Preservation Award by Mayor Gresk to the citizen or business for their preservation efforts to help preserve our City's historic character. The event is free and open to the public.

Pride in Preservation Signs 

Signs will be displayed in front of Wheaton’s landmarked properties Friday, May 11 through Monday, May 21.

Cantigny Park offers free parking to Wheaton residents

Dates: May 11-21
Location: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road

During Preservation Month, from Friday, May 11 to Monday, May 21, Cantigny Park is waiving its parking fee for Wheaton residents. For free entry, just show proof of Wheaton residency at the entrance. A valid driver’s license is preferred. Museums, gardens and other attractions inside the park are always free admission. Enter Cantigny Park on Winfield Road, just south of Roosevelt Road. For more information, visit Cantigny.org or call 630-668-5161.

Lecture: "Let the Right Prevail!”: Naperville vs Wheaton in the County Seat War, 1867-1875

Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N Cross Street

This year will be the 150th anniversary of Wheaton taking over the government of the county, and the opening of the county courthouse. Very soon after 1,500 DuPage citizens served in the Union army during the Civil War, the county was stricken by another north/south conflict right at home: whether the county government would be in Naperville or Wheaton. Bob Shuster, an archivist on the staff of the Billy Graham Center Archives of Wheaton College with a long-time interest in DuPage County history will tell the story, which involved riots, claims of rigged elections, and an early morning action. The event is free, but registration is required at the library’s events page.

“Wheaton – the Summer of Golf” exhibit

Dates: June 1-July 15
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N Cross Street


Lecture: “Wheaton, IL – Golf History Starts Here”  

Date: Tuesday, June 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N Cross Street

Lecture by Nancy Flannery on Wheaton’s significance to the development of golf in the U.S. The history of golf in the United States had some of its early beginnings here in Wheaton which at one time had eight golf courses. Not only was the first 18-hole golf course in the USA built in Wheaton (The Chicago Golf Club – 1895) but some of the most important early inventions for golf as well as golf architects lived and worked in Wheaton. Learn about the mashie-niblick, the Foulis brothers, Herbert Tweedie, Charles B. MacDonald and others. The event is free and open to the public, although registration is required at the library’s events page 

Wheaton’s Golf History Trolley Tour 

Dates: Sunday, July 1, 1 p.m.; Sunday, July 8, 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Location: Starts and ends at Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton

Take an hour-long tour on a trolley to the sites of Wheaton’s golf past – locations of former golf courses, homes of golf architect, club makers, and golf pros, and learn about Wheaton’s unique and significant contributions to the development of golf in the USA. The mashie-niblick (7 iron) and the flag & cup holder for the greens were invented here!  There is a fee for the tour. All tour participants will receive a Wheaton Golf History map with the locations marked. Information about where to purchase tickets in advance will be available by email at wheatonhistoriccommission@gmail.com


“Wheaton, IL – Golf History Starts Here” exhibit

Location: Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton, 

Ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception Wednesday, June 27, 5-7 p.m.


Lecture: “Wheaton, IL – Golf History Starts Here” 

Date: Wednesday, August 15
Time: 1 p.m.
Location:  Mary Lubko Center, Memorial Park, Wheaton

Lecture by Nancy Flannery. The event is free and open to the public although registration is required through the Mary Lubko Center.


Wheaton’s WWI History Bicycle Tour with the Wheaton Advisory Bicycle Committee

To be held in September.

Events through Partner Organizations:

Sheldon Peck: Bringing the Underground Railroad Home  

Jean Follett will present a lecture on Sheldon Peck, painter and abolitionist, one of the earliest settlers of Lombard on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm, DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E Wesley Avenue, Wheaton, IL. Presented by Landmarks Illinois in partnership with the DCHM and the Lombard Historical Society – Sheldon Peck Homestead. Reservations:  https://tinyurl.com/SheldonPeckLecture


DuPage County Historical Museum Architectural Walking Tour 

Walking tour through historic Downtown Wheaton hosted by the DCHM.  Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m.-noon. The tour covers 1.5 miles including Memorial Park, Adam’s Park, City Hall, Front Street and Trinity Episcopal Church. The children’s tour includes scavenger hunt element. Location: Meets at Museum Front Steps.  Fee applies.  Registration is at https://dupagemuseum.org/events/architectural-walking-tour/

Memorial Day Program at Jewell Grove Cemetery (1842) 

1400 Champion Forest Circle, Wheaton by Friends of Pioneer Cemeteries, on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 11:00 am.  For additional information, contact Jim Scheffler, PO Box 540, Wheaton, IL 60189 or call him at 630-668-8736.

Independence & Patriotic Day Program

Pleasant Hill Cemetery (1848), on Geneva Road at Coventry Drive, west of Gary Avenue in Wheaton by Friends of Pioneer Cemeteries, on Saturday June 30, 2018 at 11:00 am.  For additional information, contact Jim Scheffler, PO Box 540, Wheaton, IL 60189 or call him at 630-668-8736.

Family Remembrance Day, Saint Stephen Cemetery (1852)

Carol Stream by Friends of Pioneer Cemeteries, on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 am.  For additional information, contact Jim Scheffler, PO Box 540, Wheaton, IL 60189 or call him at 630-668-8736.