Ebner takes in-depth look at Americans’ homes

Elmhurst History Museum lecture asks why we're so connected to our residences

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Michael H. Ebner (Photo provided by Elmhurst History Museum)

ELMHURST – The Elmhurst History Museum’s current exhibit, “House & Home,” takes visitors on a tour of America’s rich history of residential architecture exploring the remarkable transformations in technology, laws, and consumer culture that have brought about enormous change in American domestic life. What is it about our homes that make them distinctly American, and why are Americans so connected to their homes?

On Thursday, May 11, the Elmhurst History Museum presents a lecture by Michael H. Ebner, PhD, to take an in-depth look at “Americans and their Homes.” The slide lecture will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center, located at 120 E. Park Ave. in Elmhurst.

Ebner is the James D. Vail III Professor of History Emeritus at Lake Forest College, where he taught American history for 38 years. He is also a lecturer, consultant and author best known for his prize-winning book, “Creating Chicago’s North Shore: A Suburban History.” His op-ed essays and book reviews have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, History News Network, and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ebner is the recipient of awards – as a mentor, teacher, and for public service – from the American Historical Association, the Chicago Tribune, the City College of New York, and Lake Forest College, and is a life trustee at the Chicago History Museum.

The program is free for members of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, and $5 for non-members. Reservations may be made online at www.elmhursthistory.org (in the Adult Program section) or by calling 630-833-1457.

This lecture is the final program 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.

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