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Lecture to uncover Sears kit homes in Glen Ellyn

GLEN ELLYN – The Glen Ellyn Historical Society will present the story of Sears, Roebuck and Co.’s kit homes at 2 p.m. Nov. 6.

In the early 20th Century, Sears sold kit homes that were delivered by train, then assembled by the homeowner (or construction crew) right on the homeowner’s lot. Other companies, like Montgomery Ward, also sold kit homes from catalogs.

How do home owners determine if their building is a Sears home? Lara Solonickne, a local expert on Sears homes in Glen Ellyn and surrounding communities, will speak at the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. She has been a featured program speaker before for the GEHS, and is a wealth of information, a news release stated.

For this presentation, she has updated her database with new local finds so that her program is about catalog houses never before identified. Refreshments will be served.

Admission costs $8 for adults, $6 for GEHS members, and $5 for students age 18 and younger. For information, call 630-469-1867 or visit www.gehs.org.