Special Event Teaser

Support your local museum: Eat!

Where did summer go? It feels like it just started. Although fall is right around the corner, it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Join us on September 11, 2010 from 5-8 PM for an evening of great food and music at our first Firefly Picnic and Basket Auction.  Bid on a gourmet picnic dinner from a local restaurant and enjoy it on the lawn. Winning bidders receive dinner for four packed in a lovely basket with a picnic blanket.  Don’t worry if you don’t win, concessions will be available.
Live entertainment will be provided by Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan, Chicago’s premier gypsy-jazz band.  This acoustic band plays 1930s-style music of guitarist Django Reinhardt and they are really fantastic!  Check them out on their website and hear samples of their music here.
Proceeds from the event will help us to continue to provide free programing.  Previews of menus will be posted soon.  No reservations necessary, just come hungry and ready for a great time!
Program Scout Program Special Event

Calling All Scouts

As the Boy Scouts organization continues to celebrate its centennial anniversary with the revival of four historic merit badges, the museum is pleased to offer one of them for a limited time. Starting August 14th, the carpentry badge is available to earn for a limited time through the end of 2010. During the two-hour program, scouts will learn to construct a wooden tool box with hand tools that they can take home at the end. The program fee is $5.00 per scout to cover material costs. Tools will be provided but we recommend you BYOH (bring your own hammer).

Although the historic carpentry badge is only available for Boy Scouts for a limited time, Webelos and Girl Scouts won’t be left out of the fun. The museum will offer a similar woodworking program for Girl Scouts.  We are also developing a craftsman badge program for Webelos that provides a safe environment for younger scouts to learn tool safety and make a display box or stand. This program will cost $3.00 and can be tailored for younger girl scouts, as well.

The historic carpentry Boy Scout merit badge program will only run through the end of December but the other woodworking programs will continue through 2011.  Call the museum for more information and to arrange a program date for your troop ASAP.