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Bartlett History Museum
228 S. Main Street
Bartlett, IL 60103
Pam Rohleder, Curator

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Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday
9 a.m. to noon
Closed Sunday


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Bartlett History Museum

Mission Statement
The Bartlett History Museum collects, preserves and interprets Bartlett's rich heritage and shares it with the community through exhibitions, education and media in order to increase public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation.


Picture of the Week

Eagle Scout John Hilliard and Village President Buelting

Front row, left to right, Fred Brandt, week 1, Ed Thurnau, week 2
Back Row, left to right, Grover Bartlett, week 3, Fred Hoth week 4

The 2010 census is underway! This month all households will be receiving their census form. Refer to the Artifact of the Month below to learn more about the census process.

The decennial census serves many purposes for the federal government, but also provides a wealth of information for genealogists and researchers. The Bartlett History Museum continually refers to the released census records of 1790-1930 when researching local history. This month the museum will feature the four Bartlett residents pictured here, one each week, and see what information can be discovered about them purely by using census records.

This week we look at Fred Brandt.

1930 census -- Lives in Bartlett; owns a radio; owns a home that is valued at $6,000 and does not live on a farm; is a white 48-year-old male who was married at age 21; can read and write; works as a laborer for the public school; has a wife Martha and their two children, Harvey age 26 and Dorothy age 23, living with him.
Fred Brandt
1920 census -- Lives in Bartlett on Oak Avenue; born in Illinois; his parents were born in Germany and German is their mother tongue; works as a retail merchant selling soft drinks; is 38 and married to Martha; and has two children, Harvey and Dorothy.

1910 census -- Rents a home in Bartlett on Main Street; is a dealer in wines and liquors; his brother-in-law and a boarder also live in the home along with his wife and two children; Martha and Fred, 28, have been married for seven years and it is their first marriage; Martha has had 2 pregnancies and both children, Harvey and Dorothy, are living.

1900 census -- The enumerator misspelled the last name on the census. He wrote Brand instead of Brandt. Fred is living in Bartlett with his parents, Ernst and Minnie, and older siblings, Ida and William; he was born in October 1881; is working as a farm laborer.  

1890 census -- Destroyed by fire.

We have learned a lot about Fred from this census data, which provided a foundation on which to start further research into his life.


Artifact of the Month - March

2000 census button

The United States Census is a decennial census mandated by the United States Constitution, in which the population is enumerated every 10 years. The census is performed by the United States Census Bureau. The first census after the American Revolution was taken in 1790, under Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson; there have been 21 federal censuses since that time. The last national census was held in 2000.

The countdown to Census Day, April 1, has begun. Starting now, 2010 Census forms will be delivered or mailed to each household in the country.

Why does the government make participation in the census mandatory?  The website explains it best.
“Census information affects the numbers of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives. And people from many walks of life use census data to advocate for causes, rescue disaster victims, prevent diseases, research markets, locate pools of skilled workers and more.”

The census also provides a wealth of information for genealogists and researchers. The Bartlett History Museum continually refers to released census records, 1790-1930, for the information they contain.

For more information about the 2010 census, visit  


Museum Donations

Prize ribbon from a potato sack race held during a Bartlett Festival in 1914
Potato Race ribbon from 1914 Bartlett Festival

Ever wonder how the Bartlett History Museum acquires all of the artifacts, images, textiles and more for its collection? These items come from past and present residents, family descendants, and generous individuals who donate them. The Museum is always seeking objects and photos that capture a moment in Bartlett’s rich past. The archives contains hundreds of items, ranging in size from a button off the first Bartlett Girl Scout uniform to a six-foot nail bin from the old Schultz Hardware. Do you have Bartlett items you would like to donate to the Museum’s archives?  Please contact Pam Rohleder, curator, at 837-0800.