…And It Makes a Great Christmas Gift: The History of Popeil and Ronco
November 15-December 24
Discover the unique Chicago story of the inventions and products created by the Popeil and Ronco companies which were heavily marketed as great Christmas gifts in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Chicago Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson, author of the book, “But Wait, There’s More,” presents this wonderful world of kitschy products. Produced by the Elmhurst History Museum, this fun-filled interactive exhibit features products from several decades including The Pocket Fisherman, The Chop-O-Matic,Veg-O-Matic, Mr. Microphone and more.
Friday, November 23- Monday, December 24 during Christkindlmarket
Presented by The Sunrise Rotary Club of Naperville
Stroll the museum grounds and experience a magical holiday lights celebration! Lights come on at 4 PM on all Christkindlmarket days and remain on until closing.
Friday, November 23-Monday, December 24 • Hours vary
Experience an outdoor German holiday season market with all the sights, sounds, and magic of the season as well as delicious treats, wonderful handmade ornaments, and gifts. Learn more at www.christkindlmarket.com/Naperville.
Santa @ the Settlement
Saturdays, November 24, December 1, 8, & 15 • 9–11 AM
Children under 1 year old are free. Registration required
Begin a tradition and get in the holiday spirit by visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus! Visitors will be able to share their wishes in a letter to Santa, craft two ornaments in Santa’s Workshop, and prepare a magical treat for Santa’s reindeer in the Reindeer Food Factory. Be sure to visit Mrs. Claus’s bakery to help her decorate cookies, then gather ‘round for story time.
History Speaks Lecture Series: “But Wait, There’s More!”
Sunday, December 9 • 4–5PM
Non-Members: $10/adult, $9/youth (4-12) and students
Members: $8/adult, $7/ youth (4-12)
Hear the history and stories behind those fantastically crazy and kitschy Popeil and Ronco products marketed from the 1950s to the 1970s. Witness product demonstrations of inventions that you never knew you needed, for an uproariously fun-filled time! The lecture will be held in Century Memorial Chapel.
History comes to life at Naper Settlement, Chicagoland’s outdoor history museum, located at 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. Visit www.napersettlement.museum or call (630) 420-6010 for tickets and info.