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Welcome to the Village of Bartlett Museums; the Bartlett History Museum and the Bartlett Depot Museum. Both museums are operated and funded by the Village of Bartlett, Illinois and are committed to the exhibition and education of our community's rich history.

We invite you to visit our museums and participate in the many events each offers. Please click on the links to learn more about each.


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Artifact of the Month -- August 2015

news story about school patrol boy Ralph Andresen

circa 1938 school patrol sash

School begins for U-46 students on Monday, August 17 and once again Bartlett children head back to the classroom, as they have been doing since 1874.

The Chicago Motor Club founded the School Safety Patrol program more than 90 years ago. The program initially trained boys to assist students in crossing the road safely. Bartlett School participated in the program.

This circa 1938 patrol sash was donated by Ralph Andresen, pictured here in a news article of the same era. He was the one-time captain of the patrol at Bartlett School, as indicated by the star pin he is wering in the photo. Andresen won an award from the Chicago Motor Club and got to go to a camp for a week!



Museum Donations

picture of potato race ribbon from 1914

Ever wonder how the Bartlett History Museum acquires all of the artifacts, images, textiles and more for its collection? These items come from past and present residents, family descendants, and generous individuals who donate them. The Museum is always seeking objects and photos that capture a moment in Bartlett's rich past. The archives contains hundreds of items, ranging in size from a button off the first Bartlett Girl Scout uniform to a six-foot nail bin from the old Schultz Hardware. Do you have Bartlett items you would like to donate to the Museum's archives? Please contact Pam Rohleder, Director, at 630-837-0800.


The museums are members of the American Association of Museums, Association of State and Local History, Illinois Association of Museums, and the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association.

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