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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 -- November 2014

metal match receptacle box from Bartlett State Bank

For safety
deposit your matches here
Your money
in the
Bartlett State Bank
Safe deposit boxes for valuable papers
Bartlett, Ill

Opening in 1910 at the corner of Oak and Bartlett Avenues, the Bartlett State Bank was the Village's first financial institution. Throughout the years, the bank gave away many promotional items to its customers, such as personal "piggy" banks, pens, calendars, ash trays and caps.

This metal match holder, recently donated by Thomas Jay Perkins, is the newest bank promotional item to the Village of Bartlett Museums collection. The match holder was once owned by lifelong resident Harvey Brandt (1903-1970) and his wife Elvina Ness Brandt (1903-1996). Unused matches were stored in the hinged box bottom portion and used matches were place in the receptacle at the top. The heavy rusted box match holder with gold tone lettering does not have a year on it or manufacturer identification. Therefore, its exact years of use is unknown.

The financial facility was known as the Bartlett State Bank from 1910 to 1980, when it changed its name to Bartlett Bank and Trust Company. In 1985, the bank was purchased by Suburban Bancorp, Inc.


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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