A new exhibit at the Elmhurst Historical Museum features one of Elmhurst’s famous residents – the Pulitzer Prize winner and “Poet of the People” Carl Sandburg, author, poet, newspaperman, political activist, and movie critic.

This exhibit, open from November 8 through April 20, 2014, presents Sandburg’s life in Elmhurst from approximately 1919 until 1928, one of the most prolific decades of his career. During this time, he wrote the popular Rootabaga Stories for children and the Lincoln biography Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years. He also lectured extensively, wrote numerous poems depicting the difficulties of life at that time, and collected folk songs for the American Songbag.

The exhibit will have rare photos, film clips, touch-screen interactive displays, and many objects on loan from various Sandburg experts, including the curator of the University of Illinois at Urbana, Marten Stromberg and their Rare Books and Manuscript Library, Carl’s daughter Helga, and the National Park Service. Some of the photos on display will be those taken by Sandburg’s brother-in-law, the famous Edward Steichen, regarded as the first modern fashion photographer. Other items on display will include one of Sandburg’s guitars, the green visor he’d wear while working, and one of his typewriters. The museum will also have many exhibit-related programs and events, such as a documentary screening with a question/answer session with the director, a series of the silent films that Sandburg reviewed, lectures, gallery talks with the curator, and free family programs. For full details, click here.

During the decade portrayed, Sandburg lived at 331 S. York Street in Elmhurst, just a few blocks away from the Elmhurst Historical Museum itself, with his wife Paula and their three daughters Margaret, Janet, and Helga. He worked as a newspaperman and film critic for the Chicago Daily News and commuted from the Elmhurst train station.

Head down to the Elmhurst Historical Museum between November 8 and April 20 to check out this amazing exhibit honoring one of the area’s most prestigious writers. The museum is at 120 E. Park Avenue and is open Tuesday to Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 603-833-1457 or visit www.elmhursthistory.org

Carl Sandburg is another fine example of the many gifted and fascinating people that help make Elmhurst great. The GracikMakinney Group will help you find the perfect place for you to spend your best years, too! Stop by the office at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570.