Sunday, May 20, 2018


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Fort Sheridan Historic Landmark House Tour

Fort Sheridan Historical Society

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On Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Fort Sheridan Historical Society will host a tour of many of the historic homes at Fort Sheridan. There is no better way to immerse yourself into the history of Fort Sheridan than to walk through these beautiful historic homes. 

Peorians Who Changed the World

Peoria Riverfront Museum/Peoria Historical Society

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Join us for a special panel discussion about Peorians who changed the way people think and advanced society globally - from Betty Friedan to Richard Pryor - by the Peoria Journal Star journalists who interviewed and covered them! Our local journalists have been on the beat through the years as the ultimate daily keepers of our Peoria area history. This event, moderated by Journal Star Executive Editor, Dennis Anderson, provides an opportunity for public Q&A on these world-changing Peorians. 

Cynthia Clampitt presents "How Corn Changed Itself and then Changed Everything Else"

Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society

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About 10,000 years ago, a weedy grass growing in Mexico possessed of a strange trait known as a “jumping gene” transformed itself into a larger and more useful grass—the cereal grass that we would come to know as maize and then corn. Nurtured by early farmers in the Oaxaca region, this grain would transform the Americas even before First Contact.
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