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Bartlett History Museum
Mission Statement

The Bartlett History Museum collects, preserves and interprets Bartlett's rich heritage and shares it with the community through exhibitions, education and media in order to increase public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation.

Located in Village Hall
228 S. Main Street
Bartlett, Il. 60103
Admission: Free
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Pam Rohleder, Director

  Hours of Operation
  Mon-Fri:8:30am to 4:30pm
  Saturday: 9:00am to Noon
  Sunday: Closed



The Illinois Bicentennial, Celebrating State and Bartlett Shared History
Opening late spring 2018


Happy 200th birthday Illinois!

The Bartlett History Museum is celebrating Illinois' Bicentennial with an exhibit focusing on the history of the state through the lens of Bartlett's history. Bartlett, incorporated in 1891, and its history connects in intriguing ways to the history of Illinois. Looking at broad themes like agriculture, politics, and sports, the exhibit will highlight Illinois' own history in these areas using Bartlett's local history and achievements as a point of comparison.

Unique artifacts and images from the Village of Bartlett Museums' collection will be exhibited, such as a rare collage photograph of Bartlett resident George Struckman, an Illinois State legislator and prominent Republican leader, who was one of the 103 men who elected John A. Logan to the United States Senate in 1885. Struckman's story, like the others in this exhibit from both Bartlett and Illinois, will inspire visitors to think about history in a new light and foster greater community pride both at home in Bartlett and throughout Illinois.


This exhibit has been endorsed as an official project by the Illinois Bicentennial. For more on the Illinois Bicentennial visit illinois200.com. #IllinoisProud





Current Exhibits

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Happy 125th plus 1 Birthday Bartlett! Established in 1873 and incorporated in 1891, Bartlett celebrated its 125th birthday in 2016. This year, one more object has been added to the exhibit of 125 unique objects that convey Bartlett's story. What object is it? Visit and discover for yourself. It literally earned Bartlett a place in the 2016 Guinness World Records book!

Objects, tangible evidence of the community's efforts, bear witness and tell the stories of the endeavors and accomplishments. Experience 126 objects from the collection of the Bartlett History Museum and discover the people and actions that throughout Bartlett's history have formed the Village into the community it is today.





125 Items by the End of 2016

logo for Collecting our Culture exhibitThe Bartlett History Museum asked the community to donate Bartlett related items to its collection in celebration of the Village's 125th birthday. The museum was seeking 125 items by the end of 2016. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the 125 items goal was exceeded in February 2016, less than two months into the anniversary year.

Visit the museum to see "Collecting Our Culture: Curated by the Community," the exhibit that displays the newest additions to the collection. The exhibit includes sport jerseys, pictures, posters, promotional giveaways from Bartlett businesses, trophies, Village historical documents and so much more! New items will be added as donations are received.

If you would like to donate images and objects that relate to Bartlett, please contact museum director Pam Rohleder, prohleder@vbartlett.org.



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Group Visits/Tours

The Bartlett History Museum welcomes school, scout and other groups by appointment. Admission is FREE. Please call Director Pam Rohleder, 630-837-0800 to schedule a visit.



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