Burst pipe closes Glen Ellyn History Center

The Glen Ellyn History Center is closed after a pipe burst, leaving six feet of water in the basement and flooding the main floor with several inches of water.

The program originally scheduled for this afternoon, "The Lady, The Locket, and the Loves of John Wilkes Booth," by Maria Boundas Bakalis, has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

All other events and rentals have been canceled through March 29. An announcement on subsequent events will be made next week.

The Glen Ellyn Police Department received an alarm early Friday morning from the security system at the history center. Upon investigating, they found a four-inch pipe from the fire suppression system had burst, according to a news release.

Cleanup is underway, but with water-soaked walls and electrical service turned off, a full assessment of damage will take days, according to the news release.

People holding tickets for "The Lady, The Locket, and the Loves of John Wilkes Booth" can use them at the rescheduled date. Those who cannot attend on that date should contact the history center after March 29 for refunds.

Donations to help with cleanup and repairs can be made via or by sending a check to GEHS, 800 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.

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