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Doors Open: Museum of the Grand Prairie/Summer Garden Concert with Jean Rene Balekita & Bomoyi on Sunday

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Since 1968, the Museum of the Grand Prairie has been preserving & interpreting the cultural & natural history of Champaign County & Central Illinois. Enjoy our FREE museum & be sure to join us for a FREE concert happening on August 12 from 5-7pm.

Our FREE museum features beautiful exhibits focusing on the rich cultural & natural history Champaign County has to offer. Exhibits include: -1968: A Time for Every Purpose - This year's special exhibit commemorates that flashpoint year, 1968. It's also the year that the Museum of the Grand Prairie, then the Early American Museum, was founded. Sections of the exhibit celebrate the museum, and investigate environmentalism, the space race, the Vietnam War, Civil Rights activism, popular culture, and counterculture. -Champaign County's Lincoln: The built environment that Lincoln knew in Champaign County is almost completely gone and the natural environment is vastly altered. Through our exhibit, "Champaign County's Lincoln" we recreate those places, and evoke that lost environment. Visitors will appreciate the era in which Lincoln made friends, worked and built his political career in our community! Our visitors can enter the county, the way Lincoln did, in a buggy. They can visit Kelley's tavern, have their photograph taken in Alschuler's studio, and visit the Goose Pond Church where they'll hear neighbors talking about the political issues of 1856 as they wait for Lincoln to arrive. -The Grand Prairie Story - Each of us has our own story, a story of living here-- on the verge of the Grand Prairie. Our stories inform our lives and the lives of those around us. Come visit and read, see, listen to, to stories of Native Americans and settlers, farmers and city folk, Irish and Germans and African Americans. Reflect on how the stories of others are similar to, or different from your own. -Come see the family blacksmith shop, a shop begun by A.B Chesebro, in Saunemin, Illinois in 1896 and brought to the Museum of the Grand Prairie!In 1993, the museum

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Aug 11 to Aug 12, 2018


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