Ela Township Historical Society and Museum

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

95 E. Main Street, Lake Zurich, IL. 60047
Phone: 847-438-2086
Email:  elahistorical@gmail.com
Website:  www.elahistoricalsociety.com
Hours:  Thursdays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (except holidays) or by appointment.
President:  Ray Syverson


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

Ela Township has a rich history dating back to when early settlers began arriving to the area in 1835, with the first town meeting being held on April 2 of that year. The original Ela Town Hall, located at 95 E. Main St., in Lake Zurich, was built in 1865 on one acre deeded to the Township by Isaac Fox.

The first meeting of the Ela Historical Society 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 United States Constitution and was elected the first president of the historical 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.

Today, historical society members volunteer their time to answer questions, collect, process and preserve donated and collected photos, memorabilia and family histories for all the enjoy through our museum exhibits, tours and special events. We also enjoy helping residents and students conduct research and invite you to stop by during museum hours or contact us for an appointment.

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Facts About Ela Township

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:

$15.00 – Active Individual Member

$25.00 – Family Membership (members of one family living at the same address)

$10.00 – Senior Membership (age 60 and over)

$10.00 – Student Membership (age 18 and under)

$150.00 Lifetime Membership (person, group, or firm interested in Ela Township history and giving financial support to the Historical Society)


Our Volunteer Staff

Every two years we elect a new board as things continue to improve around the museum. All of our staff members are volunteers who work very hard to make the museum what it is. New volunteer “historical assistants” are welcome.

President:  Ray Syverson
Vice President:  Julie Vollbrecht
Treasurer:  Dick Price
Secretary: Mark Hay

Board of Directors: Nancy Loomis Schroeder, Diane Kostick, Pam Pannell

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.