Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society
The Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society Museum invites you to attend our 33rd Annual Pioneer Day in Genoa. This event, appropriate for families or individuals interested in engaging with historical context, handcrafts, and traditions of our community, will include outdoor exhibitors, tours of the museum, live music, a pork chop dinner sponsored by the Genoa Lions Club, and slices of homemade pie for sale.
The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Center for French Colonial Studies will take place in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, October 12-14, 2018. The conference will include numerous possibilities for visiting the historic sites in and around Ste. Genevieve, both with group tours and on one’s own.
Join us on September 9 for our Bicentennial Celebration.
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Cumberland County Courthouse on Friday, October 5. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Toledo. The event is open to the public.
Randolph County Historical Society
The Randolph County Historical Society will conduct guided tours of the Creole House on September 16, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The original portion of the Creole House was built in approximately 1800 by Dr. Robert McDonald, who had migrated to Prairie du Rocher from South Carolina. This one room dwelling was used as a living room, kitchen, dining area, and sleeping quarters. MacDonald later added a second room which was used as either an office or as an additional bedroom. This portion of the house was constructed in a manner that was and still is called “half-timber” and was common in Europe throughout the Middle Ages, and continued there through the early 1800s.