Ela Township Historical Society and Museum

95 E. Main Street, Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Hours:  Thursday & Saturday 10am- 2pm Open Meetings:  3rd Sunday of each month at 1:00pm.
President:  Harold Chisamore

Our mission is collecting, preserving and sharing the history of Ela Township. 

Ela Township is proud to support the mission and goals of the Ela Township Historical Society and Museum.  Please visit for more information

While early settlers began arriving in the Ela area in 1835.  The first town meeting was April 2, 1835.  The Town Hall was built in 1865 on one acre deeded to the township by Isaac Fox.

The first meeting was held in the second floor meeting room of our current building in 1976.  Exhibits were kept in the basement Ela Township Auditor Mary Ann Davis lead Ela Township’s celebration of the Bicentennial of the US Constitution and was elected the first president of the society. Since those days We have had a variety of presidents and moved our exhibits to the main and second floor but nonetheless this society remains a lasting memorial to the Bicentennial Era.

Starting in member’s homes, then in the basement of Town Hall, and now on the main and second floors, the society is completely run by volunteers.  Dues are kept to a minimum to encourage membership for all.

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Become a Member!

Stop into the museum or fill out a membership form below and begin receiving benefits!

In order to join you must pay a small fee per year.  Our membership types are as follows:

$10 Active Individual Member
$20 Family Membership (members of one family at the same address)
$5   55+ Membership (Includes individuals over 55 years of age)
$100  Sustaining Membership    Person, group or firm interested in both the history of Ela Township and giving financial support to the Society.
$100 – Life Membership

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Our Volunteer Staff

Every year we elect a new board as things continue to improve around the museum. All of our staff is volunteers who work very hard to make the museum what it is today We have countless volunteers but are always happy to see new faces.

President:  Harold Chisamore
Vice President:  Julie Vollbreacht
Treasurer:  Dick Price
Robert Duprey – Secretary

Board of Directors: Dale Blau, Ron Frank, Dolores Mark

Our members volunteer time to answer questions, to collect, process and preserve donated and collected photos, memorabilia and family histories.

Individuals come in to research information on their families and to donate photos and memorabilia.  Numerous people searching for their family history and students searching for local history have contacted us.

It is our hope to make the history of Ela Township available to everyone.  We strive for this by hosting topical programs, displays of historical photographs  and memorabilia as well as timely tours.

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Harold Chisamore

Harold Chisamore


Harold moved to Lake Zurich in 1974 to be closer to his job, but stayed here and joined the society after he retired.  Harold is a retired Northorp Gruman engineer who graduated from Purdue University. Besides history he is also interested in gardening and fishing.


Julie Vollbrecht

Julie Vollbrecht

Vice President


Dick Price

Dick Price


Dick has been interested in history since high School and has a strong farm background. He grew up in Lake Zurich during the 1940’s and 50’s when everyone knew each other. He joined the Ela Historical Society in 2003 and has been a very  active historian.


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Upcoming Events

  1. COW Meeting / Sr. Meeting

    November 30 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 pm