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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 -- April 2015

cover of September 1970 issue of Model Railroader magazineAccording to Model Railroader magazine, it "has been the industry-leading model train magazine since 1934. Each month, Model Railroader features step-by-step modeling and construction projects, fascinating photo tours of model train layouts, insightful reviews, how-to tips from the experts, and much more!"

The September 1970 issue included, "Build the Bartlett Building-materials Warehouse," authored by Elmer Cerney. The structure Cerney wrote about and included plans for was one of the Village's first businesses, housing the Carr & Lobdell grainery.

The mill was steam-powered and had "two run of stone" and a capacity of 4,000 bushels a day. Cerney noted the "east side as it looked in 1969 was puzzling. The ground below the large openings had foundations for some kind of machinery which was no longer there." This was a keen observation on his part because that is where the steam-powered machinery had been located and by 1969 had been removed.

plans for Bartlett building as shown in Model Railroader magazineIn 1903, the building and property was bought by H.F. Wm. Pfingsten, who operated a lumber business. Next came Bartlett Feed & Lumber company, which was in business until 1928, when O. H. Wright purchased it. The building was razed in the early 1970s.

Several years ago, a group of model railroaders visited the Bartlett Depot Museum and inquired about the building because they had these plans and wanted to construct it!





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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