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Illinois Bicentennial, Celebrating State & Bartlett Shared History Happy 200th Birthday Illinois!

The Bartlett History Museum is celebrating Illinois' Bicentennial with an exhibit focusing on the history of the state through the lens of Bartlett's history. Bartlett, incorporated in 1891, and its history connects in intriguing ways to the history of Illinois. Looking at broad themes like agriculture, politics, and sports, the exhibit will highlight Illinois' own history in these areas using Bartlett's local history and achievements as a point of comparison. 

Unique artifacts and images from the Village of Bartlett Museums' collection will be exhibited, such as a rare collage photograph of Bartlett resident George Struckman, an Illinois State legislator and prominent Republican leader, who was one of the 103 men who elected John A. Logan to the United States Senate in 1885. Struckman's story, like the others in this exhibit from both Bartlett and Illinois, will inspire visitors to think about history in a new light and foster greater community pride both at home in Bartlett and throughout Illinois.

This exhibit has been endorsed as an official project by the Illinois Bicentennial. For more on the Illinois Bicentennial visit #IllinoisProud  


125 Items by the End of 2016

The Bartlett History Museum asked the community to donate Bartlett related items to its collection in celebration of the Village's 125th birthday. The museum was seeking 125 items by the end of 2016. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the 125 items goal was exceeded in February 2016, less than two months into the anniversary year.

Visit the museum to see "Collecting Our Culture: Curated by the Community," the exhibit that displays the newest additions to the collection. The exhibit includes sport jerseys, pictures, posters, promotional giveaways from Bartlett businesses, trophies, Village historical documents and so much more! New items will be added as donations are received.

If you would like to donate images and objects that relate to Bartlett, please contact museum director Pam Rohleder,