Lecture Features Writer for 'Sandburg in Elmhurst' Exhibit

Credit: Elmhurst Historical Museum
Credit: Elmhurst Historical Museum
Marten Stromberg, exhibit writer of Carl Sandburg in Elmhurst and rare books curator at University of Illinois at Urbana, will share his insights on Sandburg’s life, passion, and body of work created during the era he lived and worked in Elmhurst during a March 6 presentation. 

Marten Stromberg's lecture will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Elmhurst Historical Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave. in Elmhurst. The event is free. 

The museum is currently showcasing its Sandburg in Elmhurst exhibit through April 19. At Thursday's lecture, Stromberg will discuss his experience working on the exhibit. 
Sandburg is described as a prairie poet and newspaperman, family man and political activist, Lincoln biographer and children’s book author. He resided with his family in Elmhurst during the 1920s. 

Through rare photos, film, artifacts and touch-screen interactives, this new exhibit chronicles one of the most prolific decades of Sandburg’s life when he penned the Rootabaga Stories, completed Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, traversed the country collecting folk songs for The American Songbag, and wrote numerous poems depicting his disillusionment with life in our rapidly changing nation, according to the Elmhurst Historical Museum website. 

"The exhibit profiles one of America's most influential literary figures who ascended to international fame as a multiple Pulitzer Prize winner and beloved poet of our state and our country," according to the Elmhurst Historical Museum website. 

In addition, foundation members and donors are invited to a reception and gallery talk with exhibit partner Marten Stromberg prior to his public lecture at 7 p.m. The talk will be held in the Sandburg exhibit at 5:30 p.m. followed by refreshments and conversation in the Education Center prior to his public lecture.

Reservations for the reception and gallery talk can be made by calling 630-833-1457 or e-mailing ehm@elmhurst.org. The cost is free to members  and $15 for non-members. 


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