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Lombard Historical Society

“Mourning and Melancholia”and other fall events from the Lombard Historical Society

Mourning and Melancholia 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, from Sept. 16 through Nov. 14 at Victorian Cottage While Victorian mourning customs might seem like a rather niche area of study, you’re probably already familiar with some of the rituals. If you’ve ever seen a fi lm or photograph where a building is draped in black or a women is wearing head to toe black, you were glimpsing at the elaborate culture of Victorian mourning. You can learn more about the unique customs and practices of Victorian mourning at the temporary exhibit Mourning and Melancholia now on display at the Victorian Cottage Museum. Visitors can view the Victorian Cottage in full mourning and learn about Victorian funeral customs, spiritualism, and more. The exhibit runs through Friday, November 14.

Members Only Permanent Exhibit Preview 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Carriage House Be among the fi rst to see the brand new permanent exhibit

Lombard Historical Society: Mystery Photo Contest

Harold Grey’s aunt and uncle, Harry J. and Eleanore S. R. Leffi ngwell, built this house in 1907. Grey and his fi rst wife, Doris, bought the home in 1922 from his Aunt Eda Rosencrans. Two cartoonists of note lived in this house: Harold Grey, creator of the “Little Orphan Annie” cartoon and Grey’s cousin, Ed Leffi ngwell, creator of the “Little Joe” comic strip. Though another Lombard house, which is privately owned, came to be known as the “Little Orphan Annie House” the house pictured here is actually where Harold Grey was living at the time of the cartoon’s creation. What is the address of the fi rst “Little Orphan house?

*The fi rst three people to correctly guess the answer to the Mystery Photo will receive passes to the “Members Only” preview event for our new permanent exhibit.

The previous mystery photo was of the Lombard Grays baseball team. This team won the 1922 John F Cullerton trophy for the Fox River Valley Baseball league

12 The Pride

at our members only preview on Friday, October 24 from 5pm – 7pm. Mingle with fellow members while enjoying some light refreshments. Please RSVP for the event by calling 630.629.1885. This event is open to members of the Lombard Historical Society, if you are interested in becoming a member please call our offi ces.

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