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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 -- October 2015


Formally located in Bartlett Plaza, Gorskis Food Fair served Bartlett residents from the late 1970s until it closed its doors in 1993. The double paper bag, printed with the grocer's logo, shows the two Gorskis locations, in Roselle and Bartlett. This bag, donated by the late Mr. and Mrs. Danner, is a reminder of Bartlett's past businesses and the type of grocery bags that were used by shoppers prior to the introduction of plastic.

Paper bags were introduced in 1852 by Francis Wolle, a schoolteacher who invented the first machine to mass-produce paper bags. In 1871 Margaret E. Knight designed the paper bag to have a flat bottom and pleated sides, allowing the bags to carry more than the preceding, envelope-style bag. 

By 1883 Charles Stilwell patented a machine to produce the square-bottom bag with the pleated sides - hence producing the paper bag we know today, the S.O.S or Self-Opening Sack.







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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