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Elmhurst museum celebrates Carl Sandburg's 136th birthday

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  • Folk singer Bucky Halker performs Sunday during the Elmhurst Historical Museum's celebration what would have been Carl Sandburg's 136th birthday. The birthday celebration coincided with the museum's exhibit on Sandburg that runs through April 20.

       Folk singer Bucky Halker performs Sunday during the Elmhurst Historical Museum's celebration what would have been Carl Sandburg's 136th birthday. The birthday celebration coincided with the museum's exhibit on Sandburg that runs through April 20.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Folk singer Bucky Halker performs Sunday during the Elmhurst Historical Museum's celebration what would have been Carl Sandburg's 136th birthday. The birthday celebration coincided with the museum's exhibit on Sandburg that runs through April 20.

       Folk singer Bucky Halker performs Sunday during the Elmhurst Historical Museum's celebration what would have been Carl Sandburg's 136th birthday. The birthday celebration coincided with the museum's exhibit on Sandburg that runs through April 20.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Folk singer Bucky Halker performs Sunday during the Elmhurst Historical Museum's celebration what would have been Carl Sandburg's 136th birthday. The birthday celebration coincided with the museum's exhibit on Sandburg that runs through April 20.

       Folk singer Bucky Halker performs Sunday during the Elmhurst Historical Museum's celebration what would have been Carl Sandburg's 136th birthday. The birthday celebration coincided with the museum's exhibit on Sandburg that runs through April 20.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • The Elmhurst Historical Museum is hosting an exhibit on Carl Sandburg that run through April 20. Sandburg, a noted author, critic and activist, spent part of his life in Elmhurst.

       The Elmhurst Historical Museum is hosting an exhibit on Carl Sandburg that run through April 20. Sandburg, a noted author, critic and activist, spent part of his life in Elmhurst.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Carl Sandburg 136th birthday

 
 

The Elmhurst Historical Museum held a 136th birthday celebration for prairie poet, political activist, newspaperman, folk song collector, movie critic, Lincoln biographer and children's book author, Carl Sandburg.

The birthday celebration coincides with the museum's exhibit on Sandburg that includes rare photos, his typewriter, and one of his guitars. The exhibit has areas where visitors can view clips from some of the silent movies Sandburg reviewed and other audio and video presentations about the man and his life, which included time in Elmhurst.

Folk singer Bucky Halker was on hand Sunday to perform during the 136th birthday celebration that also include cupcakes for those in attendance.

The exhibit is open and free to the public during the museum's normal hours of operation, 1-5pm Tuesday through Sunday. Private guided group tours can be arranged for off hours by contacting the Elmhurst Historical Museum at (630) 833-1457 or visiting elmhursthistory.org.

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