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Conrad Fischer students at the Churchville Schoolhouse

The Elmhurst Heritage Foundation

Keeping Yesterday Alive for Tomorrow.

In 2007, the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization, was established by the merger of the Elmhurst Historical Museum Foundation (founded 1992) and the City’s Historical Commission. The Foundation’s mission is to stimulate broad-based support for local history, the Elmhurst History Museum, and the Churchville Schoolhouse through advocacy, education and fundraising.

Since its inception, the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation has planned and implemented several fundraising events and donor campaigns to make significant contributions to achieve these goals. Some examples of this support include:

  • Donation of $18,500 to complete renovation of the historic Churchville Schoolhouse
  • $200,000 funding for By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst exhibit
  • Provision of buses for student field trips to the museum and schoolhouse
  • Churchville Schoolhouse Open House event each fall
  • A $40,000 grant approved for 2017 to enhance museum exhibits/programs

This citizen-based support group works actively in the community to support the Elmhurst History Museum and the Churchville Schoolhouse — two very important cultural institutions that allow residents and visitors to experience the unique history of Elmhurst. Through strategic planning, donor development, outreach, and essential fundraising, the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation offers guidance and support to keep history alive for future generations.