The Gifford Park Association (GPA) is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1979. The goal of GPA is the revitalization, enhancement and  preservation of Elgin’s Historic homes and public buildings with a focus in the Elgin Historic District.

The neighborhood is located in the oldest portions of the city of Elgin, Illinois, and is oddly shaped and roughly bound by Park Street on the north, Center Street/Villa Court on the west, Villa Street on the south, and Liberty Street on the east. Click here for a map of the neighborhood boundaries.

GPA has made great strides in preserving Elgin’s Historic past and actively works to continue that effort. Our members are enthusiastic and proud to show off both their own homes and those of others. Hence, Elgin’s Historic House Tour began. Now in its 34th year, the house tour attendance averages 1,000 people annually. Elgin rallies behind this event every year as all of our GPA members, city officials, and residents gather together to make this one of Elgin’s finest events.

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Our next General Membership meeting  will be held on Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 pm. Laura Valdez Wilson will explain the city's new 311 phone app.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

GPA meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month except April which is the annual membership pot luck and December which is our Christmas party. Meetings are held at  the Elgin Area Historical Society museum at 360 Park Street, second floor. General Membership meetings are open to the public. Non-members (and future members) are welcome!

Become A Member

Membership in GPA lets you tap into a large network of owners and renovators, a chance to salvage architectural elements for your own home, and a subscription to the GPA Gazette with articles, news and tips for working on your home – and a chance to meet, converse, volunteer, learn, educate and socialize with other old-house people.


Click here to view a video on You Tube of a Jerry Turnquist summer 2014 walking tour of the Holy Hill area of the Elgin Historic District.


The 34th Annual Historic House Tour is set for Sept. 12, 2015. As new information is available, it will be posted on our website and Facebook page.


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The Geology and History of The Fox River

November 14, 2015, 2:00pm

Elgin Public Museum

$5 non-members Members - are free If you’ve always wondered how the landscape we enjoy today in the Fox River Valley came to be, you won’t want to miss “The Geology and History of the Fox River,” on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Museum, 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin, Illinois. Starting at 2:00 p.m. when geographer and historian Michael Chuinard will explore the geography and the history of the river and its valley that shaped the lives of the inhabitants living in the region starting with the river’s Ice Age genesis. From the Fox Valley’s occupation by Native American groups to the pioneer era right up to modern times, the river was a major draw for every group of humans who made it their home during the last 15,000 years. Topics will include the geologic history of the Fox Valley; the stunning Fox River Torrent that created the Fox Valley in the blink of a geological eye; the Native Americans who made the area their home; why early pioneers decided to settle along the river; how dams on the river, industry, and other human activities have affected the Fox Valley; the region’s wildlife; and future threats to the river and its valley. . If you’ve always wondered how the landscape we enjoy today in the Fox River Valley came to be, you won’t want to miss “The Geology and History of the Fox River,” on Saturday, November 14 at 2:00 pm. .

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Days of the Dead - Dias De Los Muertos - Celebration

November 1, 2015, 12:00pm - November 1, 2015, 5:00pm

Elgin Public Museum

A celebration of Mexican heritage and the arts in Elgin! Designed specifically with families and kids in mind, there will be crafts and face painting as well as a number of artists displaying and vending their "Days of the Dead" themed art throughout the museum.

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Annual meeting

June 24, 2015, 6:00pm

Elgin Public Museum

Come to the Elgin Public Museum at 6:00 on Wednesday, June 24, for the annual hot dog roast and annual meeting. Sorry, but this is only for members and donors, but you can become a member, if you wish. All food will be furnished. Just bring yourself and a lawn chair. Bring your kids. We will have a short annual meeting, approval of board doings the past year, and approval of board members. You must register to attend. Call the Museum at 847-741-6655. We want to have enough food!