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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 -- March 2015

wooden coupon token front

Opened in 1926 at 110 Bartlett Avenue by Herman Schultz (1865-1936), Schultz Hardware was the go-to place for any hardware needs in Bartlett. The retail store that included heating and plumbing services was also a post office, library, and shoe store.

Schultz Hardware wooden sale tokenIn 1950, William H. Schultz (1987-1993), son of Herman Schultz, purchased the store and eventually sold it in 1964. However, the store continued to operate as Schultz Hardware until 1999, when it was converted into multiple businesses.

This wooden token from Schultz Hardware dates circa 1975. On one side it says "Schultz Hardware's 'Round Tuit' Bartlett, Illinois" and on the other side, "Money Saver Good For 10% Discount $5.00 + + Sale."

 

 

 

 

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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