History & Genealogy:
Lawrence J. Martin Heritage Center
The Lawrence J. Martin Heritage Center is temporarily closed.
The Town and Country Public Library is proud to offer the Lawrence J. Martin Heritage Center archive facility to our patrons. Opened in September of 2019, the Heritage Center houses an office for the library’s History & Genealogy department, workspace for our History Keepers volunteers, all of our genealogy and local history reference materials, and a research room.
All Researchers Welcome
The Heritage Center is open to all interested patrons. A TCPLD library card is NOT required. Micro-film / microfiche reader and copier provided. Food/ beverages are allowed ONLY in the kitchen area. A Keurig beverage maker,small refrigerator, and microwave are available to patrons.
Bags must be stored in entry lockers, subject to search, at our discretion. Only pencils (no pens), paper, laptops or other needed devices are allowed in the research room. Gloves may be required. Advance notice of your visit helps us make make materials available more easily.
Geographic Area Covered
The Heritage Center is particularly concerned with the history of the town of Elburn, the surrounding townships of Blackberry, Campton, Virgil and Kaneville -as well as their resident families. We also have books covering general history,Illinois history, DeKalb and other IL counties, and many genealogy resources.
Temporarily Closed to the Public
Elburn Oral History Project
To promote and support local history and genealogy initiatives, the Heritage Center has reestablished the Elburn Oral History Project. Begun in 1973, the Elburn Oral History Project is once again in full swing, documenting the memories and stories of past and present residents of the Elburn area. Interested in sharing your story or know someone who is? Let us know by completing the Oral History Biographical Information Form.