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Indian Princess Storytelling at the Confluence Tower
Meet Indian Princesses Pocahontas and Sacajawea during a special storytelling experience Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The two princesses will appear at the Tower's outdoor amphitheater for a storytelling session and meet and greet. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Admission is free although there is a charge to tour the Tower. For more information, call (618) 258-9101.
45th Annual Old Canal Days
Young and old will enjoy the fun and excitement of "Old Canal Days" in Lockport, IL. A bigger and better carnival awaits, along with a food court, parade, beer garden, wine tent, craft show, used book sale, tours of Lock #1, and food trucks!
Ellwood House Lecture Series: Local Lore
The public is invited to the Ellwood House Museum for a new lecture series titled “Local Lore.” Local Lore is an adult lecture series which will cover a wide variety of topics relating to DeKalb history. Each month, a different guest speaker will present these fascinating programs. All lectures take place at the Ellwood House Museum Visitor Center. Visit the Ellwood House Museum webpage for dates and times.
H.A. Rathje Peotone WindMill Tours
Tour and explore three floors of the largest Dutch/German Illinois Windmill built in 1872, filled with antiques and exhibits. Su 1-3PM.
Lincoln in the District
Quincy celebrates Abraham Lincoln with their signature event, Lincoln in the District, June 11th from 11-4pm in Washington Park, downtown Quincy. This free event will offer horse carriage rides, living history, crafts, food, Native American Culture and view a Civil War Field embalming presentation. Something for all ages!
June Jam at John Deere Historic Site
When you step foot on these grounds, it will feel like taking a step back in time. Take in the picturesque landscape and learn of the John Deere Historic site as you enjoy the year's June Jam. This event is an open stage format where musicians have 15 minutes to perform Bluegrass, Country, Folk, and Light Rock Music. Hours noon - 5pm and admission is $5.00 or a canned good that will be donated to a local food bank.
The Great Race
Vintage automobiles find the finish Line on June 26 in Downtown Moline, Ill., as the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race rolls into the Quad Cities. More than 100 antique and vintage automobiles from around the world battle for $150,000 in prize money during the week-long time/speed/distance rally. The vehicles, each with a driver and navigator, are given precise instructions each day and come rolling in within minutes of each other! Catch the finish of the Great Race on Sunday, June 26 in the Quad Cities.
Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center One Year Anniversary Celebration
Join us on the Museum Square to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center on Monday, April 25 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy refreshments and a Route 66 performance from the Sound of Illinois Chorus on the plaza at 12:15 p.m. The Museum will also offer free admission to the new permanent exhibit gallery, Making a Home, which explores the experience of living, working, farming, and creating community in McLean County.
Open House at Haskell Playhouse
Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse the 2nd Saturday of every month. This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. It's importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures for children have survived. The playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
To coincide with our current temporary exhibit ‘Bird’s Eye View’ which ends on June 1st, visit us on Saturday, May 28th at 11 am for Bird Bonanza! In conjunction with the Fox Valley Wildlife Center come explore the various differences in birds with us. Investigate how observing birds in flight helped humans to develop machine flight and see what birds call Illinois home. $5 for members and admission plus $3 for non-members.
The Lincoln’s Festival in Bloomington is an annual event that celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s connection to Bloomington-Normal and it’s surrounding communities. Through Civil War reenactments, tours of historic sites, lectures, theatrical, and musical presentations, the Festival’s mission is to entertain and engage audiences in the local Lincoln story. Events will take place in seven locations; Downtown Bloomington, McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington Public Library, Franklin Park, Burr House Bed and Breakfast, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the David Davis Mansion.
Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment
Re-enactment, Antique Show & Genealogy Fair will be held together during the annual Lincoln Days, a signature event with Looking for Lincoln. Featuring a civil war battle re-enactment, period demonstrations, encampment all weekend at the scenic lake Pittsfield. The antique show, appraisal and genealogy fair will be held from 9-4pm Friday and Saturday, with a $3 admission at the Crossroads Center, 125 W. Jefferson. Pittsfield, IL www.pikelincoln.com
Discover the Nina & Pinta
The Nina and Pinta, replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships will be open to the public for touring at the Loading Dock in Grafton. Archaeology magazine has called the Nina, the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built. While in the port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk aboard self-guided tour. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
STORYTelling: Hmong American Voices Exhibit
This collaborative exhibit explores what it means to be Hmong American. How has Hmong life changed since refugees first entered the U.S. in the 1970s? What does it mean to be Hmong American today? Through objects, audio recordings and personal stories of Hmong Americans, this exhibit immerses visitors in the material culture and social issues of Hmong American communities. The exhibition is now open and will run through December 2016. A special opening reception featuring refreshments and live music will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the museum, located in Cole Hall on the NIU campus. The event is free and open to the public. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Pere Marquette Rendezvous
Step back in time to the days when frontier fur trappers met with fur traders and buyers during this reenactment festival at Pere Marquette State Park. The Second Annual Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous will be a traditional Pre-1840 event with buckskinned re-enactors portraying primitive traders and campers. There will be period demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, camp music and food common to days on the Illinois frontier. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.
Open House at Haskell Playhouse
Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse. This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. Its importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures from children have survived. the playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The open house will be held on June 11, July 9, August 13 and September 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Drivin' the Dixie
Discover America's Greatest Rolling Car Show! Follow the route along the historic Dixie Highway and uncover points of interest and new destinations. Great fun for everyone!
25th Annual Champagne British Car Festival
Each summer the Annual British Car Festival presentation by the well-known, highly respected Flatlanders British Car Club takes place on the lawn of the Historic David Davis Mansion. This popular event features all vehicles of British make, displayed in all their unique and varied glory. Tours will be given of the mansion and during the lunch hour a special Bag pipe concert performed by the Prairie Thistle Pipes and Drums group.
Haunted America Conference
America's Original Ghost Conference (Founded in 1997 and often imitated, but never equaled) is back for our 20th year and will be held over the weekend of June 24-25, 2016, at the Atrium Hotel in Haunted Alton, Illinois. Join us as we return to "one of the most haunted small towns in America" and present new and returning favorite speakers on ghosts, hauntings, monsters, the supernatural, and the unexplained. The 2016 event will include lectures and presentations, a speaker's panel, haunted tours, ghost hunts, "strange stuff", the Haunted America Masquerade Party and much more! Admission is $50/person for General Admission.
Drivin' the Dixie Blue Island
Discover America's Greatest Rolling Car Show! Follow the route along the historic Dixie Highway and uncover points of interest and new destinations. Great fun for everyone! Enjoy all day tour celebrating Historic Dixie Highway's Contennial visiting historic sites, car shows and community events with your vintage car or contemporary vehicle. Along Dixie Highway from Blue Island to Momence!
Rockin' for Reptiles
Rock out at the Museum’s annual outdoor event! Don’t miss out on delicious food tents, fun games, crafts, live music, and of course, live reptiles! This event is great for families! All proceeds go towards supporting the Museum’s live animal collection.
Blue Carpet Corridor Route 66 Celebration
Enjoy this multi-town scavenger hunt, complete with stops at many famous Route 66 locations. Start your adventure and pick up your passport at the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center.
West Fork Encampment
This event will take you back in time with a historic re-enactment of military life from 1750-1820. Military and camping demonstrations will be provided daily. Both campers and public are welcome.
Chautauqua Days Celebration
Days of old come together for this festival brought back after many years. This festival showcases the historical Chautauqua auditorium, the centerpiece of Forest Park. There will be live entertainment from Jeannie Kendall & Carl Acuff Jr. Show, the U.S. Army Soldiers of Swing, Eagle Wings Christian Concert, A Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, A bean Bag Tournament with double elimination, local musicians, a kids area with inflatables, craft vendors, food, and more.