Architectural preservation expert to offer tips

Workshop at Elmhurst History Museum to help attendees learn how to research home's backstory

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(Elmhurst History Museum Collection)

ELMHURST – You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to reveal clues to your home’s history, but a few well-informed tips and helpful resources from an architectural preservation expert might point you in the right direction.

The Elmhurst History Museum offers a special opportunity for curious homeowners who want to know more about their homes from 2 to 4:30 p.m. May 7 when architecture educator and preservation specialist Jean Guarino presents the Hunting for Your House History Workshop in the Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center at 120 E. Park Ave.

Jean Guarino, PhD, is an independent architectural and urban historian specializing in the documentation of cultural resources. She teaches design and architectural history classes at the college/university level including at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also a private consultant for municipalities, architecture firms, developers and nonprofit organizations. Guarino is co-author of the book “Benjamin H. Marshall, Chicago Architect” and has written many landmark designation reports for city of Chicago landmarks.

Steps to learning a home’s history

During the workshop, Guarino will lead participants through the steps of researching their own house history including: where to find primary source documents, online resources and combing the archives of local institutions – including resources at the Elmhurst History Museum. The program is $15 for members of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, and $20 for non-members. Reservations may be made online at or by calling 630-833-1457.

The workshop is presented in conjunction with the Elmhurst History Museum’s latest exhibit, “House & Home,” a traveling exhibit from the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and NEH on the Road. The exhibit explores the various meanings of home to Americans through an expansive array of household objects, engaging interactive displays, detailed house models, video content and more. Admission to the exhibit is free.

For more information, visit or call 630-833-1457.