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Exhibits
Galleries
To encourage exploration of history at all age and interest levels, Naper Settlement has several types of exhibition galleries available for visitors as part of their tour experience. Both galleries are included with general admission.

"Brushstrokes of the Past: Naperville's Story"
The "Brushstrokes of the Past" exhibit is a 3,500-square-foot permanent exhibition gallery. A combination of artwork, artifacts, historic photographs and interactives are creatively interwoven to share Naperville's development from a frontier settlement to an established 20th century city. This exhibition is open year-round to visitors in the Pre-Emption House Visitor's Center.

Naper Gallery
Naper Gallery is on the west end of the Pre-Emption House, it hosts temporary and traveling exhibits. 

ME=WE: An Asian Community Portrait by Wing Young Huie
May 24 – October 31, 2018
Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, award-winning photographer and author Wing Young Huie’s engaging imagery captures the essence of humanity as he explores the cultural identity of Naperville’s Asian-American community. The personable and accessible enlarged portraits depict the subjects in a location, and in many cases, with an object of cultural significance. This exhibit is a lens for which to witness the faces of our community. An interactive survey challenges the visitor to think about how they personally identify and a short-form documentary about the making of the project provides insight into the development of this engaging project. 

Heritage Gallery
The Heritage Gallery is in the center of the Pre-Emption House Visitor's Center, it hosts temporary and traveling exhibits.

Come as You Are
May 24 - October 31, 2018
In a deeply personal interpretation by members of our Asian-American community, “Come as You Are” provides an intimate look at the perseverance and hope of our fastest growing population segment. Through media features, objects, artifacts and histories, our subjects chronicle their lives - whether born locally or thousands of miles away, they strive to enriched their lives through cultural changes of everyday life. The exhibit is the result of a multi-faceted, digitization and oral history initiative funded by a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities.


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This exhibit examines World War I, also known as the "Great War," and Woodrow Wilson's presidency. Fought from 1914 to 1918, World War I altered the landscape of how wars are fought permanently. "Woodrow Wilson and the Great War" explores the multiple perspectives and untold stories of the war, raising questions about how we interpret history and discover new narratives. The exhibit features photographs, letters from the president, and other WWI artifacts. This pop-up exhibit is located in "Brushstrokes of the Past: Naperville's Story" on the lower level of the Pre-Emption House Visitor's Center.


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History Connection
children playing with Lincoln Logs in History ConnectionOur kid-friendly exhibit, "History Connection", is located in the Naper Haight House at Naper Settlement. Geared toward children ages 3-10 but fun for kids of all ages, "History Connection" is a great place to explore the past and play with history through a number of engaging, hands-on activities. Due to special events, there are times throughout the year that "History Connection" is not available. History Connection is closed during Winter Season. Call Mon-Fri from 8 AM-4:30 PM - 630.420.6010.

Virtual Tour
View a virtual tour of Naper Settlement to see its various galleries and exhibits.


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