Fort de Chartres State Historic Site
presents a weekend of colorful clothing, hand-made crafts, period music and delicious food when the annual Winter Rendezvous returns Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, November 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Les Amis du Fort de Chartres is hosting the fundraising event “Friends of the Fort Summer Ball”. Eighteenth century music and dance calling will be provided by a live band. Period dress encouraged but not required. Food is allowed to be brought in but alcohol must be purchased at the bar. This event is open to all. Let’s gather together for some midsummer fun, have a great time while supporting Fort de Chartres.
The boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s on June 3 and 4 at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site’s annual Rendezvous, the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest, attracting many thousands to the site during this 2 day special event.
Saturday, June 2, 10 AM-5 PM
Sunday, June 3, 10 AM-5 PM
Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society
Historical actor Betty Kay tells the story of the Lincolns through the eyes of Elizabeth Todd Edwards, sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, who was among the people most closely acquainted with the Lincolns.
McHenry County Historical Society & Museum
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.