Nature Then and Now In Words and Images

William Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson are two of the most famous authors of the nineteenth century writing about nature and what it meant for people of the nineteenth century. Heidi Snow will speak on Wordsworth and his love of the Lake District in the United Kingdom, and will speak about some present challenges. David Pfeifer will speak on Emerson and his love of Walden Woods in Concord, Massachusetts. Walden Woods is also facing challenges. Both speakers will present short passages from the authors and will show images that illustrate their thought on and love for nature.

May 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at Farley Music Hall, Elsah. This talk is part of the Hosmer-Williams Lecture Series, sponsored by Liberty Bank.

Elsah Village History with Jeff Cowton, Curator, Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, UK

Friday, January 22, 2016, Farley’s Music Hall at 7:00 pm,  Jeff Cowton, BME, will be our guest, mentor, and leader for an evening dedicated to ELSAH VILLAGE HISTORY. Cowton, this year’s Annenberg Scholar at Principia College, is Curator for the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, UK, and is ready to help us collect, organize, and preserve anecdotes and stories of Elsah. This is an evening about “all things Elsah,” and we hope you will be us.  Principia students will be on hand to record these stories. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Wanamaker Hall, Principia College, 7:30 pm. is another evening with Jeff Cowton, BME. He has led the way for the Trust to become the first to offer a modern apprenticeship in cultural heritage.  The Volunteer/Internship Programme he developed has inspired hundreds of young people to follow in his footsteps. Learn more about his work here. Using William Wordsworth’s ideas and poetry, Cowton will persuade us to see, think, and to feel all that is about us and to advance the idea that local history is an important and sustainable activity. Jeff Cowton is the Annenberg Scholar at Principia College for 2016.

These lectures, free and open to the public, are presented in association with Historic Elsah Foundation and its Hosmer-Williams Lecture Series. Maps and directions are available at the Front Gate of Principia College, 1 Maybeck Place, Elsah, IL.

Home for the Holidays Photos

View photos from the December 2015 Home for the Holidays House Tour. We had about 300 visitors to Elsah on a lovely day, with many houses decorated and open for the tour. A horse and carriage transported visitors back in time and around the village. Live music welcomed folks to both churches, too.

Special thanks to PhotogBuddies for your excellent work.

Home for the Holidays Tour, December 5

Experience a simpler time in the quaint, historic Village of Elsah, Illinois. You’re invited to tour a dozen selected private residences decorated for the holidays. The whole village retains the character and feel of a bygone time. Many of the homes on the tour were constructed in the mid-19th century, often with the stone from the local quarry.

Musical entertainment will take place in both churches in the village.

Horse and carriage rides are available and included in the cost of the ticket.

In addition to the private homes on the tour, other points of interest in Elsah, which are open to all, are the Village Museum, Farley Music Hall, the Village Civic Center and historic school room, Maple Leaf Cottage Inn, Green Tree Inn, Elsah General Store, and Christian Science Reading Room.

  • Advanced ticket price $15 – These may be purchased now.
  • Day of event ticket price $18
  • Optional lunch by My Just Desserts (served 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) $11

One of the homes on the tour, the McNair House at 66 Mill Street, built in 1858, includes an original mural of Village of Elsah by renowned artist Glenn Felch, painted in 1973. Several other paintings of Elsah scenes and buildings by Felch will be offered for sale, with proceeds to Historic Elsah Foundation. Read the Saint Louis Post Dispatch article about 66 Mill Street, its current resident, and the mural by Glenn Felch.

House tour tickets may be purchased at Elsah General Store, Elsah Museum, Green Tree Inn, Maple Leaf Cottage Inn, and Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. Advanced and online ticket purchases may be picked up at the Civic Center at 51 Mill Street. Day-of-event tickets may also be purchased at the Civic Center.