Exhibits and Programs at the Gaylord Building

Current Programs & Exhibits

The Gaylord Building has featured a range of exhibits on the history of the canal, the people who built it, the towns that prospered along it, and the landscape that was shaped by it.

Life Along The Canal: The Art of John M. Lamb

The first-floor gallery of the Gaylord Building hosts the permanent exhibit Illinois Passage: Connecting the Continent. This exhibit examines the impact of the Illinois & Michigan Canal on the development of northeastern Illinois. Blending artifacts, historic photos, and engaging interpretive text, the exhibit provides visitors with an introduction to the role that the I & M Canal played in shaping Illinois’ destiny. The Illinois State Historical Society awarded the exhibit a Superior Achievement for exhibitions. Part of the citation states, “Based on extensive and impeccable research, the exhibition is a model of high-quality design in service of sound educational goals.”

Illinois Passage: Connecting the Continent

The first-floor gallery of the Gaylord Building hosts the permanent exhibit Illinois Passage: Connecting the Continent. This exhibit examines the impact of the Illinois & Michigan Canal on the development of northeastern Illinois. Blending artifacts, historic photos, and engaging interpretive text, the exhibit provides visitors with an introduction to the role that the I & M Canal played in shaping Illinois’ destiny. The Illinois State Historical Society awarded the exhibit a Superior Achievement for exhibitions. Part of the citation states, “Based on extensive and impeccable research, the exhibition is a model of high-quality design in service of sound educational goals.”

Past Exhibits

unLOCK: Merging Art & Industry in Lockport

January 2018 – October 2018

unLOCK was a citywide multimedia art experience that commissioned new works by eleven artists to interpret the region’s unique history and engage audiences through public installations and arts programming.