Have you ever wondered about your home’s past: Who were the previous owners? When and why it was built? What did it originally looked like? (Surely we can’t be the only ones with these questions!)

Luckily, the Elmhurst History Museum is here to help us out.  As part of its “House and Home” exhibit, the museum has invited Jean Guarino, Ph.D., an architectural and urban historian, to host a hands-on workshop, Hunting for Your House History, on May 7 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Guarino will walk participants through the many resources available to help you out and how to use them. She’ll explain where to find primary source documents and online resources and how to search the archives of local institutions, including the Elmhurst History Museum.

Guarino is an educator and preservation specialist who teaches design and architectural history classes at colleges and universities, including the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a consultant to a variety of architecture firms, developers and non-profit organizations.

Every home has a unique story, and we’re guessing that most people have more than one house they’ve always wondered about (how about that childhood house?) And as realtors who visit many, many homes, we can assure you that most of them have some interesting tidbit in their past.

Home investigators and sleuths can register at www.elmhursthistory.org or by calling (630) 833-1457. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers.

If you’ve always wanted to live in a home with an interesting past (or a new home with no past), we’re always here to talk real estate! We not only sell real estate in Elmhurst, we live here as well. Call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com