“By All Accounts” Exhibit Wins State Award


Elmhurst Historical Museum earns two awards from Illinois Association of Museums

On September 25, 2015, the Elmhurst Historical Museum staff was honored to receive two prestigious awards from the Illinois Association of Museums (IAM) during the organization’s annual conference in Springfield.

According to the award letter, Elmhurst Historical Museum earned the distinction of Mid-size Institution of the Year for “the many accomplishments of the museum which in the past year demonstrated its intent of serving audience and striving for, and fulfilling, best practices in several areas. The fruition of the new core exhibit and its recognition of a Muse Award by the American Alliance of Museums adds another wonderful achievement in the list of accolades and serves as a standard for Illinois museums to look to.”

In addition, the Elmhurst Historical Museum’s new core exhibit, “By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst,” was recognized with an Award of Excellence in the exhibits category. The reviewers applauded “the use of thematic towers, technology, a timeless design, and the focus on individual residents and their stories which permits for a greater impact on the local community.” The review committee also commented positively on the source of funding for the exhibit, which was provided by a successful capital campaign initiated by the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, the 501c3 support organization for the Elmhurst Historical Museum and Churchville Schoolhouse.

Brian Bergheger, director of the Elmhurst Historical Museum, stated: “We are fortunate to have a talented, hard-working, and resourceful staff supported by the volunteer board of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation as well as the City of Elmhurst. These awards are a direct result of the amazing effort put forth by the entire team. For the IAM to honor us with two awards this year is a testament to the transformation that has been taking place over the last few years to raise the level of quality and scholarship here at the Elmhurst Historical Museum. I am very proud of our staff and truly appreciate being honored by the IAM committee.”