The Doughboy Monument
Morton Grove’s iconic Doughboy statue by Hugh A. Price was dedicated on
July 31, 1921, by the Women’s War Working Circle on a park they purchased through the profits from the first Morton Grove Days Carnival. The park later became the home of the Morton Grove Public Library in 1952 and the Morton Grove Historical Society later became stewards of the monument to preserve it for future generations.
The Potawatomi Tribe Eagle Dancer
This statue was created from a rescued portion of Morton Grove’s Indian Marker Tree by the Morton Grove Historical Society and sculpted by artist Eric Widitz.It was dedicated on November 3, 2013.This statue can be seen behind the Haupt-Yehl House Museum and is lit for evening viewing.
Exhibits and Programs
The Museum Education Center provides exhibit space additional to the basement exhibit space in the Haupt-Yehl House and allows for more frequent rotation of our exhibits. These exhibits highlight particular moments or themes in Morton Grove’s vast history through displays of photographs and artifacts from our collections. Many of the Museum’s volunteers and visitors are longtime residents of Morton Grove and they provide an interesting commentary for visitors.
In addition, the Museum features a number of special programs throughout the year. See the Museum page in the Park District brochure for current programs and events.
Educational Traveling History Trunks
School and community groups are invited to request Traveling History Trunks, available through our Museum and Education Center. Each trunk focuses on a different historical theme and is available throughout the calendar year. These trunks contain genuine artifacts, exhibit materials and activities that can be used to supplement the history learned in traditional textbook and classroom activities. The Morton Grove Historical Museum curator will bring the trunk to your location or schedule a program at the Museum Education Center, explore its contents with the participants, and guide the group in prearranged activities. Currently, the Museum has program boxes available focusing on the following themes (though a trunk can be tailored to meet your specific thematic needs):
- Our Local Native American Past, Our Local Pioneer Past
- The Civil War, World War I, World War II
- Natural History of Morton Grove (includes a selection of themes on local plants and animals, geology, archaeology and more)
- Power House- Sustainable Living in the 21st Century
- Enviroscapes Wetlands and Watersheds
- Toys in History
- The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
Call the Museum at 847-965-0203 for more information on this service, offered at no cost to local schools and community groups. Museum staff will work with educators to meet specific curriculum goals and scout groups to meet badge requirements.