Elgin Area Historical Society
The Elgin Area Historical Society is a non-profit organization that preserves and presents the history of the Elgin, Illinois area. The historic "Old Main" building houses offices, research facilities, the Elgin History Museum, and a gift shop.
The museum provides a general review of Elgin’s history while presenting expanded displays on significant community experiences such as the local watch industry, the Elgin Road Races, and The Song of Hiawatha Pageant, a local event based on the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem.
Each autumn since 1988, the Society has conducted a walk in Elgin’s historic Bluff City Cemetery. The Cemetery Walk presents costumed actors portraying the lives and personalities of some of the cemetery’s residents and includes other displays on cemetery customs, styles, and ceremonies of the past.
One exhibit is dedicated to the Elgin National Watch Company, which operated a large watchmaking complex from the late 19th century until the 1960s. The exhibit includes watchmaking tools and watches made at the factory.