Saturday, February 17, 2018


Bicentennial Event

We’re Gonna Party Like it is 1818!

DuPage County Historical Museum

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Who were the people who founded our State of Illinois 200 years ago? What did they dream about? What did they eat? How did they dress? And, most importantly how did they celebrate becoming the 21st state in the United States of America?

Enjoy an evening of partying like it’s 1818 with Ellie of Ellie Presents to celebrate Illinois becoming the 21st state! Sample the food, have your silhouette made, dance the dances, and hear the music that may have played as Illinois celebrated its birthday 200 years ago. 

Binding Our State Together: 200 Years of Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads

McHenry County Historical Society & Museum

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Norman Moline, a historical geographer from Rock Island, will provide a broad survey of the development of Illinois’ connections since 1818. After noting how our state’s shape was determined, learn about the Illinois and Michigan Canal and the Hennepin Canal, railroad expansion, significant highway connections and the evolution of postal service – including free urban delivery and then rural delivery. Moline earned his doctorate at the University of Chicago, focusing on the impacts of the automobile and good roads from 1900 to 1930. He taught for 45 years at Augustana College in Rock Island. 

Bargain Quilts and the Quilt Buy of the Century

McHenry County Historical Society & Museum

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Janette Dwyer, former owner of Quilt Quarters in Geneseo, has spent the past 26 years sewing and collecting quilts. Her collection, which now tops 300, dates from the 1880s to the present day. She will bring about 30 quilts with her for the presentation – including two gems from the Century of Progress at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. She will talk about the quilts, as well as the fair's history, and show off other “bargains” she has uncovered. The Gazebo Valor Quilters, a group of about 40 women from the northwest suburbs, also will honor veterans with quilts that day. A drawing for the Heritage Quilters’ raffle quilt, an homage to World War I titled “Forever Poppies” and a show-and-tell also are part of the program. 

Two Centuries to Celebrate: Illinois at the Bicentennial

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at LLCC in partnership with the Illinois State Museum

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This is the first in a special Bicentennial Speaker Series, "The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans," held on the third Sunday of the month from February through October at the Illinois state Museum. Illinois State Historian Dr. Samuel Wheeler will be the first speaker. His topic, “Two Centuries to Celebrate: Illinois at the Bicentennial” will focus on the ways our state has celebrated milestone anniversaries from statehood in 1818 through the centennial in 1918, as well as the sesquicentennial in 1968.

When Illinois was Louisiana: The Forgotten French Face of the Illinois Bicentennial

Woodstock Celebrates, Inc.

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Charles Balesi, author of The Time of the French in the Heart of North America, 1673-1818, now in its 4th edition, will talk about "When Illinois was Louisiana: The Forgotten French Face of the Illinois Bicentennial." The event will begin on Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. and last until 3:30 p.m., to allow for answering audience questions and signing books. 
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