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Robert Wadlow is born in Alton, Illinois. He holds the record for the tallest human being and suffered from hyperplasia of the pituitary gland. At the time of his death at age 22, he was 8'11.1" tall and weighed 439 lbs. His growth had not stopped.

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Exhibit Opening: Wilmette in Photographs, 1850-1950

Wilmette Historical Museum

  • 5 September 2019
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Event date: 10/6/2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Export event

On Sunday, October 6th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., the Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Road in Wilmette, will host the opening of a new exhibit, Wilmette in Photographs, 1850-1950. The Main Gallery exhibit explores a century of photographs of Wilmette people and places. Antique cameras, glass photographic plates, tintypes, stereo cards, and other unusual artifacts from the Museum’s collection join dozens of rarely seen photos to illustrate how developments in camera technology, and the emergence of fads like the “real photo postcard” craze, resulted in a treasure trove of images that have forever captured the look of everyday life in one small Midwestern town. Wilmette in Photographs, 1850-1950 will be on exhibit through July 2020.

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Wilmette Historical Museum
609 Ridge Road 
Wilmette, Illinois 60091 (Map)

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