Elgin History Museum Offers Unique Online Auction Experiences



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Although there will be no in-person fundraising gala this year, the Elgin History Museum wanted to offer something special in the online auction. Generous donors have made it possible for the museum to offer unique experiences that you can enjoy with your friends and family.

• Wing Mansion: Tour this majestic Victorian house (972 W. Highland) with owners Steve Thoren and Maureen McWaid. Marvel at the furnishings and collections, then take a ride in Steve’s Model T Ford.

• Toy Story: Walk around the amazing museum bungalow of Dennis and Laurie Roxworthy’s vintage toy and bike collection. In addition, there are a few full-size vintage cars.

• That Old Home: Elgin architectural historian Rebecca Hunter digs deep to uncover the secrets of your old home. Heritage plaque application included.

• Walking: Elgin historian Jerry Turnquist will lead a walking tour of almost anywhere in Elgin. You choose the location and Jerry will walk with you and a group of friends, telling stories of the area and highlighting architectural details.

• Historical Happenings: Focus on the history of Elgin from a women’s perspective with a program from Linda Rock. Choose from topics like Elgin American Compacts, Artist Jane Peterson, or Elgin Candy Making.


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The Elgin History Museum online auction is a chance to wander around the museum’s amazing bungalow from Dennis and Laurie Roxworthy’s vintage toy and bike collection.
– Courtesy of the Elgin History Museum

The 2021 Zoom Gala will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 13.

Enjoy a live recap of the online auction as you place your final bids. The highlights of the “Museums Moments” series will be presented and the winners will be announced live at 7:30 pm.

All proceeds from the evening’s activities are used to keep the museum active and vibrant.

Register on elginhistory.org/event/7pm-annual-gala/ to get your Zoom credentials for Saturday night.

Online auctions begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 10. Visit elginhistory.org to view auction listings.

If you are unable to register for Zoom, please consider donating.

For details, contact [email protected] or (847) 742-4248.

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