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July 23, 2013 • 09:02:12 a.m.

Major folk art exhibit extended in Wheaton

By SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA

A cow windmill weight is one of more than 100 folk art examples on display. (Photo provided)

The DuPage County Historical Museum exhibit, "Early Illinois Folk Art 1825-1925," has been extended to Oct. 27 in Wheaton. This is the largest changing exhibit the museum has ever presented, occupying three floors of displays.

The exhibit opened April 13, and since has seen more than 2,700 visitors, hosted nine tours and seven lectures and workshops.

Special events
Upcoming events include “Wau-Bun: A Travelogue with Juliette Kinzie” from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, by critically acclaimed performer Betsey Means in her one-woman show. A special open house will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. All programs and events are free, with reservations requested. 

More than 100 different artifacts, from duck decoys to whirligigs, are on view, including six Sheldon Peck paintings. Peck, a well-known itinerant portrait artist of the 19th century, settled in the area now known as Lombard. This exhibit is the first time six Peck paintings have been displayed in one location in Illinois.
 
Sara Arnas, museum curator, believes the exhibit offers an interesting perspective on Illinois history.

“These objects help us understand the everyday life of people living in our state during an important time in history.”
 
Arranging the exhibit gave the DuPage County Historical Museum the opportunity to work with other Illinois museums. Planning began two years ago.

In addition to informative displays, Museum Educator Sara Buttita and Visitor Services Coordinator Michelle Podkowa worked with Arnas to create learning stations for younger visitors. Families can enjoy the interactive elements of a portrait studio and community quilt.

These interactive stations, along with the series of programs and events, were made possible through a grant from the DuPage Community Foundation. Tours of the exhibit can be scheduled with staff for a small fee before its run ends.
 
The DuPage County Historical Museum is at 102 E. Wesley St. For more information, contact www.dupagemuseum.org or 630-510-4941.


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