Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

The Heritage Holidays
December 5 | noon-4 PM
Cost: Free

We are excited to open our doors for the Heritage Holidays this 2021 Winter Season.

During this special Open House, each of the 6 Ethnic Galleries (African American, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, and Polish), and the historic Graham-Ginestra House will be decorated and open to all. Displays include 'Kwanzaa' and The Black Santa Clauses (including a 5-ft Black Santa Claus), An Italian Christmas - with a Ceppo, and the ornate handmade Polish Szopka. 

The Graham-Ginestra House will feature An Italian Christmas, in honor of Leonard & Mary Ginestra, and their children Lawrence Ginestra and Therese Ginestra Schmeltzer. 

Both museums will host live music and a festive mood. Celtic Wind and Trinadora will provide an array of musical genres inside the Ethnic Heritage Museum, while violin music drifts through the rooms of the historic Graham-Ginestra House.

The Heritage Holiday Exhibits will remain on display through December. We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you for Oak Street Health for partnering with us for this year's Heritage Holidays!

Join the Heritage Museum Park for a virtual Advent Calendar series!
24 Days of Advent = 24 virtual programs showcasing the holiday traditions of the African-American, Hispanic, Italian, Irish, Lithuanian, and Polish galleries at the Ethnic Heritage Museum, and English traditions at the Graham-Ginestra House.
Experience new Christmas traditions from the comfort of your own home with your close loved ones!
Crafts, video presentations, tours, homemade cooking and recipes, and MORE!!
As with a traditional Advent Calendar, each day is a surprise. Look for a new video from December 1st to the 24th by clicking on the corresponding date below!

Here is a link to the virtual Advent Series playlist on Youtube: 
Heritage Advent Series

** We apologize in advance, as the audio in some of the videos is very difficult to hear. (we hope you will still enjoy the subtitles and images!) :)
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
      1st 2nd 3rd 4th
5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th
12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th
19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th


We are OPEN!
Guided Tours are available on Sundays at 2 PM and 3 PM.

To schedule a weekday tour or unique program, please call our office at 815-962-7402 or email us at ehm1129@comcast.net.

We ask all volunteers and visitors to please wear a mask indoors.