Batavia Organizations show the importance of history during Preservation Week, April 22-27

Thu March 21, 2019

BATAVIA, IL – For a second year, eight Batavia organizations are teaming up to inspire community members to preserve personal, family, and community history in conjunction with National Preservation Week.  In this increasingly virtual world, memoirs or memorabilia can bring feelings of joy, belonging, and connectedness.  Share and enjoy our common history in Batavia by attending the programs presented by Batavia organizations that have a vested interest in our community. Ticket pricing ranges from free to $20, and proceeds go to support the missions of the organization presenting the program of interest.

Mayor Schielke will kick off this week-long event with a presentation about the great number of changes between historic Batavia and today.  To register for this event and all the other programs taking place during Preservation Week, please visit

Monday, April 22 – Then and Now, Presented by Mayor Schielke
Batavia Public Library at 7 pm, Free
Presented by the City of Batavia

Tuesday, April 23 – Your House Has a Story: House Research Program
Batavia Public Library, 7 pm, Free
Presented by the Batavia Public Library

Wednesday, April 24 –Batavia Memories Roundtable: Fifty Years of Fun
Batavia Public Library, 2 pm, Free

Presented by the Batavia Depot Museum and Burnham Creative

Thursday, April 25 – Realizing the American Dream: Sears Kit Homes in Batavia, a Legacy Worth Preserving 

Bartholomew Room at the Batavia Civic Center, 7 pm, a suggested donation to Batavia Historical Society is much appreciated
Presented by the Batavia Historical Society

Friday, April 26 – Historic Pub Crawl 
Starts at the Depot Museum, 5 pm-7 pm, $20

Presented by Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley

Saturday, April 27 – Downtown Batavia Walking Tour

Starts at Water Street Studios, 10 am, $8

Presented by Batavia MainStreet

Saturday, April 27 – Batavia Road Rally

Eastside Community Center, 1:30-5:00 pm, Cost $10/team

Presented by Batavia Park District

For more information about Batavia Preservation Week or the participating organizations, please contact Depot Museum staff by calling 630-406-5274 or visit