Monday, October 17, 2016

Music of the Civil Rights Movement with Chris Vallillo, a singing success

A big thank you to the Scholar Program of the Illinois Humanities Council for sponsoring the "Music of the Civil Rights Movement" program with Chris Vallillo that we hosted at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum last Thursday, 10/13, and thanks to all those who showed up for the program and sang along!

Chris led the room in song as he told us the story behind the musical movement that inspired a generation of change. Songs like "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize," "This Little Light of Mine," and "Ain't Nobody Gonna Turn Me Around" were all featured next to stories of the Freedom Riders, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Freedom Marches on Washington and Birmingham.

Missed this program? Watch video of this fantastic performance on our Facebook and Instagram pages and save the date to see Jimmy Keane's "Irish Labor and Irish Music in Chicago" on Saturday, November 12th at 7pm.


Don't Forget! This is the last week to register for Festival of the Wreaths! To register a wreath or to learn more visit our website:

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Holly Jolly Workshop instructed by Urban Garden's, Cindy Platt

Thank you to Cindy Platt of Urban Garden in Arlington Heights for teaching a class on ways to create a beautiful holiday wreath last Thursday.  So full of tips that none of us had ever known... For instance, when using a grape vine wreath base, you aren't supposed to keep it wrapped the way you buy it, but instead pull it apart so the vine is looser.  I know, right!?  Gives the wreath a completely different look.  If you are looking for a gorgeous flower arrangement, Cindy is your floral designer.  Check out and see for yourself.  Better yet, visit the shop located in downtown AH.    

Here are some pics from Thursday's class.  Be sure to mark your calendars for the viewing and bidding of the wreaths which will start November 22 and ends December 4.  This is a chance to see creative wreaths from area businesses, youth groups, families, individuals and organizations.  All proceeds raised by the wreath auction will benefit the museum.  For more information on the Festival of the Wreaths, visit