Wheaton, Illinois: DuPage County Hall of Fame

Better-designed-than-most county Hall of Fame includes unexpected honorees such as evangelist Billy Graham and the Morton Salt guy.

Jack T. Knuepfer County Administration Building

Address:
421 N. County Farm Rd, Wheaton, IL
Directions:
Jack T. Knuepfer County Administration Building. From the corner of Roosevelt Rd/Rte 38 and County Farm Rd, drive north about a half-mile on County Farm Rd. Entrance to the country government campus is on the right. Parking lot will be immediately to the left. Enter the Jack T. Knuepfer County Administration Building on the east side. Gallery is on the first floor.
Hours:
M-F 8-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
630-407-5500
Admission:
Free
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Opera star costume.

DuPage Heritage Gallery

The DuPage Heritage Gallery is a small "museum" of famous people who have some connection to DuPage County. The gallery is in the county administration building, so there are, of course, displays on captains of industry: Elbert H. Gary (chairman of U.S. Steel), Robert R. McCormick (publisher of the Chicago Tribune), and Joy Morton (of Morton Salt). However, less captain-y notables are also included, such as Edwin P. Hubble (who discovered that the universe is expanding), Billy Graham (evangelist to the Presidents), Grote Reber (builder of the first parabolic radio telescope), Sherrill Milnes (opera star), and Margaret Landon (author of "Anna and the King of Siam").

I would have liked to have seen former DuPage County resident John Belushi included, but dying at age 33 of a drug overdose probably reduced his chances of being part of a county government-sponsored Hall of Fame.

[John Takao Collier, 03/16/2016]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Site of World's First Radio TelescopeSite of World's First Radio Telescope, Wheaton, IL - 2 mi.
Windmill HouseWindmill House, Wheaton, IL - 2 mi.
Billy Graham Center MuseumBilly Graham Center Museum, Wheaton, IL - 2 mi.
In the region:
Mary Todd Lincoln's Sanitarium Bed, Batavia, IL - 9 mi.

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