Educational Programs

The Gaylord Building endeavors to provide beneficial information in an educational yet entertaining setting. The historic site periodically scheduled workshops / classes / lectures on topics of interest to guests that relate to the site's mission.

Details for the current schedule of programs are provided below. Most programs require registration. Guests may register either by stopping by The Gaylord Building (200 W. 8th Street, Lockport, IL) during office hours (9am-5pm weekdays) or by calling (815) 838-9400. Program registration requires pre-payment of participation fee.

Community Conversations
  Explore current events and issues of local or national importance. Community Conversations offers a relaxing evening to socialize, learn something new and share perspectives. Each session encourages polite discussion among the presenters and the guests.

Community Conversations are held quarterly on Thursdays of selected months. Doors open at 6:30pm with a cash bar reception. A brief presentation begins at 7:00pm followed by an open discussion lead by a moderator. Each session includes a dessert and beverage (non-alcoholic) to enjoy during the presentation.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Will County Transportation in the 21st Century - Opportunities & Challenges is a detailed look at regional multi-mode transportation issues and opportunities for the growing population and economy of Will County. Presented by John Grueling, President and CEO of Will County Center for Economic Development, and Dr. Joseph Schwieterman, Director of DePaul University's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.
  DAY: Thursdays
Dates: March 13th &
May 18th
TIME: 6:30 to 8:30pm
AGES: Adults (18 and over)  
FEE: $8 per person  
Required by calling
The Gaylord Building at
1.815.838.9400 or emailing
Discovery Dinners
  Come discover the world or a little part of it without leaving Lockport! Guests will enjoy sumptuous meals catered by the Public Landing Restaurant that will be followed by lectures on fascinating subjects by renowned experts, who have authored new works in the arts, humanities and sciences.

Discovery Dinners are held periodically on the 2nd Thursday of selected months in The Gaylord Building. Doors open at 5:45pm with a cash bar reception. The full service dinner begins at 6:15pm with the lecture following at 7:00pm. Each session includes a full service dinner - choice of entrees with salad, sides, dessert and beverages (non-alcoholic) - all before the lecture. Discovery Dinners conclude with book signings, providing guests with a chance to get up-close and personal with presenters.

February 13, 2014 – Author Jay Pridemore discusses architecture of Chicago. His numerous books and articles about Chicago include 2013’s Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago.

April 10, 2014 - Emmy award-winning author and historian Joseph Gustaitis will examine the World's Fair and other significant achievements of Chicago's Greatest Year, 1893 that established Chicago as a modern metropolis and one of the world's greatest cities.
  DAY: Thursdays
February 13, 2014
April 10, 2014
TIME: 5:45 to 7:30pm
AGES: Open  
FEE: $23 per person  
Required by calling
The Gaylord Building at
1.815.838.9400 or emailing
Community Theater
  The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the White Oak Library District proudly present Good Humor, A Festival of One Acts.  The performance of one-act comedies includes Many Happy Returns by Willie Reale; and three by playwright David Ives – Arabian Nights; Words, Words, Words; and The Philadelphia.  The festival will be held at The Gaylord Building and is a joint venture directed by White Oak librarian Alissa Raschke-Janchenko and her husband, National Trust for Historic Preservation - Gaylord Building Advisory Board member Luke Janchenko.   DAYS, DATES & TIMES:
Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 1, 2014 at
2:00pm and 7:30pm
AGES: Adult 18+
$10 in advance; $15 at the door
Contact the Adult Service Desk of the White Oak Library District, Lockport Branch at 1.815.838.0755 (ext. 3), or visit the library at 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, Illinois.

PROGRAM RECOMMENDATIONS: We are always interested in your suggestions for future programs, especially the on-going series like Community Conversations and Discover Dinners. If you have an idea for a program topic or presenter, please feel free to contact us at or 1.815.838.9400. Thank you!


Contact Us:
200 W. 8th Street
Lockport, IL 60441
Phone (815) 838-9400
Fax (815) 838-9449

Exhibition Gallery:
Monday thru Friday
9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Group Tours:
By appointment
Call: (815) 838-9400

Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday
9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

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