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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

circa 1935 valentine that belonged to Bartlett teacher Elvina Ness Brandt

This month's artifact is this charming clock, which measuring 6 1/2 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches tall and was found in the museum's collection.

The clock was manufactured by Wilcox with the name appearing in a diamond on the underside of the base. "Made in the U. S. A." is found on the face below the six. There is a winding key on the back with a slide to adjust the clock's speed and also a knob to set the time. It appears to be made out of celluloid with brass trim. Celluloid was used as an artificial replacement for ivory. The clock could be part of a woman's vanity set due to its design and size.






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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