Lombard Historical Society

23 West Maple Street, Lombard, IL 60148 - United States





The Lombard Historical Society (LHS) celebrates Lombard's heritage by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of Lombard. LHS operates the Victorian Cottage Museum, the Carriage House and the Society’s Archives at 23 W. Maple Street; and the Sheldon Peck Homestead, a National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site, at 355 E. Parkside Avenue in Lombard. Both the Victorian Cottage and Peck Homestead host activities and groups and are open for tours several days a week. For more information about membership as well as volunteer and donor opportunities, please visit lombardhistory.org or phone 630.629.1885.


The Lombard Historical Society presents an exhibition of the works of Sheldon Peck, folk art portrait painter, and noted former Lombard resident: Sheldon Peck: Footsteps of His Life, which will run through October 8, 2019 at the Sheldon Peck Homestead at 355 E. Parkside Avenue in Lombard, Illinois. This exhibit will include over a dozen original paintings by Sheldon Peck from 1825-1848, displayed together in the Peck Homestead he built in Lombard, Illinois in 1839. This exhibit of Peck’s works together will be the first since 1976 and will contain paintings on loan from various private collectors and from other museums, including several never-before seen paintings.

Sheldon Peck is acknowledged not only as a radical abolitionist but also as a very fine folk-art portraitist. The exhibit, Sheldon Peck: Footsteps of His Life, Noted - Folk Artist, 1797 – 1869, brings together several of his original portraits in his Illinois home for the first time. He traveled to other people’s homes to paint their portraits; they did not come to his house. His paintings were never here in Lombard when he was alive, nor have these paintings been exhibited together anywhere else before. This extraordinary exhibit offers a rare experience for the folk-art community as well as those interested in American history to see several Sheldon Peck portraits in one place.

Special hours for this exhibit until October 8, are Tuesday, 1 – 4 P.M.; Thursday, 1-8 P.M., and Saturdays from 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Suggested donation is $8 per person and $5 for LHS members and lending institution members. Children, students and active duty military are free. Free for everyone on Saturday, September 21, 2019 for Museum Day. Group tours by appointment. For more information about this event, or for information about donating to this event, please visit lombardhistory.org, email info@lombardhistory.org or phone 630.629.1885.


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